Darin, thanks for registering that domain. I'm a web developer by trade so I wouldn't mind putting in a few hours to get something basic set up for now, including a forum, but you're right, the first question is "Why?"
For me, it'd be the same reason the AHA was started, with the possible exception of advocacy (I'm not sure there are any EU countries where homebrewing is illegal). Is there an AHA mission statement somewhere? That'd be a good place to start, but in my mind we should do it because we want to encourage the building of comraderie between disparate existing groups, hold events to promote homebrewing and educate people about beer, create a standardized competition system, and in general try to hook up more people with better beer :-)
In terms of next steps, I'd say a conference call with one or more people from the AHA board would be a good place to start. Those guys have done this already and have been quite successful. It's in their best interests, because forming an international community will bring some great publicity to the AHA and probably get more people joining in the US.
Of course we really can't do anything without manpower, and as my wife is a stay-at-home mom I've asked her if she'd be interested in helping out. She speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish and some German and Turkish (as well as Latin and ancient Greek
) so it seems like she'd be in a good position to talk to groups throughout Europe. I know a few homebrewers in Denmark and here in France, Darin is in Belgium, and alikocho you're in the UK right? So that's a pretty good start.
Are there any existing clubs that would be upset by the formation of a EU-wide group? We should make sure that we let people know that nobody's taking over their baby, so to speak.
Ok, that's enough for one post. Darin, if you wanna send me login credentials for the server I can get the site set up today. If you don't have a server, I have a VPS account I use for development that's pretty beefy so I'd be happy to host it if you want.