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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Hi, my name is Phil Farrell. I am asking for your support to serve as a member of your AHA Governing Committee.
Homebrewing and beer have been an integral part of my adult life. My closest friends in the world are my extended family of homebrewers. I will frequently write about and photograph beer events, however my roots began and have remained deeply planted in the homebrew community. I am still an active member of the same homebrew club I joined over 25 years ago when I moved to Georgia. I completed a home renovation to allow my homebrew day to start and end on the same level of my home without the need to carry full fermenters up and down stairs. I participated in regional homebrew events in my area while routinely conducting educational seminars for craft brewers, homebrewers and beer judges. I have organized homebrew contests, including the regional first round of NHC numerous times. I am active with the Georgia Brewer’s Guild in our attempt to improve beers laws in our state, especially homebrewing regulations. I am the current South Regional representative and just stepped down as Vice President of the BJCP. I am also one of the winners of the Wynkoop Beerdrinker of the Year. The BA has continually invited me to be a competition team member in various capacities for each of the GABFs and WBCs starting over a decade ago. I have been a volunteer at over a dozen AHA membership rallies across the country.
If you have seen or better yet have a set of Mardi Gras beads adorned with rubber chickens or participated in one of our conga line “parades” on Club Night, that is one of my small contributions to the conference. Yes, I was the guy in the Turkey costume pushing Charlie out on the foam float before his last official keynote address. I have also been an AHA seminar speaker, a seminar panel member, as well as the head judge of the NHC BOS panel. I attend to enjoy the conference and meet fellow homebrewers. I have attended each conference since 2003 and I hope to see you once again in Nashville in June. It will be my first conference as the Brewmaster of Stillfire Brewing in Suwanee, GA.
I hope that when considering your vote, you factor my enthusiasm for the hobby and the community of homebrewers as well as my decades of volunteer work with the BA and AHA. I am asking to be re-elected to the Governing Committee member to continue to give back to the organization and membership that have been my friends and colleagues while adding so much to my life. I believe the skills I’ve developed as a homebrewer as well as a veteran will allow me to be a valuable member of your team as the AHA continues its amazing trajectory in the years to come.