The following statement was prepared by the candidate, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the American Homebrewers Association.
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Hello! I’m Michael (Mike) Bury and I’m running for my first stint on the Governing Committee of the AHA. I’m a former Michigander (Michigan resident) who now resides just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I practice the art of synthetic medicinal chemistry. Upon moving to Philly after graduate school, I found myself with an abundance of free time. My Dad reminded me that he used to make homemade wine as did my Great Uncle Elmer, who lived on 75 acres of land with multiple rows of grapes and an apple orchard. So I went to my local wine-making store where I learned you could brew your own beer. It was revolutionary to me; you can brew your own beer!!! That trip was 12 years ago.
I’m passionate enough about this hobby of ours that I helped to organize the 1st round of the National Homebrew Competition in Philly for 5 years either as the database manager, head organizer, or as a consultant. Through my work there and the dedicated pool of volunteers, we’ve firmly put Philly on the map as a high-quality, trusted site. When I stepped down as head organizer, John Moorhead of the AHA asked me to be on the competition sub-committee on which i have served since. In that committee, we’ve generated the new, simplified 1st round scoresheets. I’ve also performed the data analysis around entry categories and helping in locating the 1st round NHC sites for 2019.
I have been a loyal participant in my regional homebrewing community. First off, I’ve been a BJCP judge since 2011 and currently hold the rank of Grand Master II with a Mead Judge endorsement. I’m quite active in the program having graded 320 exams, proctored another 8 exams, and administered 6 exams including the sets at Homebrew Con in Baltimore. I’ve also been the Treasurer and then the President of my homebrew club, Stoney Creek Homebrewers, for 2 and 4 years, respectively. During this time frame we doubled our membership.
As you can probably tell, I’m devoted to the hobby in all of its permutations from extract to advanced all-grain brewing. I’d love to see it grow and prosper in the coming years and would appreciate helping to guide that growth. The current Governing Committee is mainly represented by others not on the East Coast. Only one individual from North Carolina is east of the Midwest. Representation is important and I’m open to hearing others’ opinions. If you’re in the area I’d be willing to sit down, share a beer, and listen to what you’re thinking. Otherwise, there’s always the phone and email; the best ideas come from collaborative efforts.
I hope that you will cast your vote for me to serve on the Governing Committee on your behalf. I’ll be in Providence, RI this upcoming summer so say hi and let’s share a brew. Cheers!