How I Saved $160 in Six Months with AHA Member Deals

By Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

One of the greatest benefits of being an American Homebrewers Association member is AHA Member Deals, a network of 2,000+ exclusive offers at breweries, homebrew shops, restaurants, and more.

I decided to put this member benefit to the test and began tracking exactly how much my AHA membership was saving me. The result? I was able to save $159.81 in just six months, with an average savings of around $26 per month!

To put this into perspective, a one-year membership starts at $38, so just six weeks of using AHA Member Deals paid for my membership.

This may seem like a breakneck pace to be saving all this money, but it really worked out to about one AHA Member Deal check-in a week. I will share some tips for getting the most out of AHA Member Deals, but first let’s take a look at my 26 AHA Member Deal check-ins that saved me all that cash!

My AHA Member Deals Savings

Date Business Location AHA Savings Member Deal
1/1/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $3.30 15% off food, beverages & merch
1/12/2018 Samples World Bistro Longmont, CO $5.65 10% off food & drink
1/20/2018 Samples World Bistro Longmont, CO $4.95 10% off food & drink
2/3/2018 Stone World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station San Diego, CA $7.58 15% off beer & food
2/5/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.25 15% off food, beverages & merch
2/26/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.62 15% off food, beverages & merch
3/5/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.32 15% off food, beverages & merch
3/12/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $4.42 15% off food, beverages & merch
3/26/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.02 15% off food, beverages & merch
4/3/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $6.00 15% off food, beverages & merch
4/9/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.32 15% off food, beverages & merch
4/16/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.02 15% off food, beverages & merch
4/20/2018 Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Taproom Longmont, CO $7.50 15% off beer & merch
4/21/2018 Samples World Bistro Longmont, CO $5.20 10% off food & drink
4/21/2018 Brewmented Longmont, CO $6.79 10% off purchases
4/23/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $4.80 15% off food, beverages & merch
4/30/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $5.55 15% off food, beverages & merch
5/3/2018 Eureka! Boulder, CO $12.00 Complimentary appetizer with beer purchase; one per member
5/5/2018 Open Door Brewing Co. Longmont, CO $1.15 10% off purchases
5/7/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $6.07 15% off food, beverages & merch
5/14/2018 Backcountry Pizza & Tap House Boulder, CO $14.70 15% off food, beverages & merch
5/16/2018 Samples World Bistro Longmont, CO $5.70 10% off food & drink
5/21/2018 DC Brau Brewing Company Washington, DC $1.00 20% off beer & merchandise
5/29/2018 Samples World Bistro Longmont, CO $16.00 10% off food & drink
6/23/2018 Lowdown Kitchen + Brewery Denver, CO $3.00 Happy hour beer prices, all day, any day
6/26/2018 Hopworks Urban Brewery Portland, OR $6.90 10% off keg fills (including corny); 10% off beverage, food and merch
TOTAL: $159.81

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AHA Member Deals Tips

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Download the Brew Guru app to browse the AHA Member Deals map, access your digital membership card, and track your member deal check-ins. While you wait for your discounted beer, you can also take a look through hundreds of tried-and-true homebrew recipes!

Become a Regular

Find a nearby business that offers an AHA Member Deal and make it part of your regular routine. Whether it’s going to the same pub on Mondays for quiz night and some discounted brews and food or always going to your local homebrew shop for deals on ingredients, you’ll rack up the savings in no time!

“I was able to save $159.81 in just six months, with an average savings of around $26 per month!”

Don’t Be Shy

We hope this goes without saying, but don’t be shy about flashing your membership card and claiming your AHA Member Deal! Businesses who sign up for these offers want AHA members to idenfity themselves. “Homebrewers are the best customers,” Andrew Kazmarek of 14er Brewing (Denver, CO) exclaims.

Navigate Your Travel

Seeking out AHA Member Deals is an excellent way to find a watering hole when you’re traveling to a new city or looking for a change of pace. I got a chance to check out some breweries in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Oregon while on various trips and saved $15 along the way!

Get Online

We even have online deals, which can be especially handy if you don’t have one in your neighborhood, including offers from BottleYourBrand.com, GrowlerWerks, and ManCan.

“A 1-year membership starts at $38 so just 6 weeks of using AHA Member Deals paid for the price of my membership.”

Stay Updated

We’re regularly recruiting new AHA Member Deals, so sign up for the AHA newsletter to stay updated on new offers in your area! The Brew Guru app and online directory are other great resources to stay on top of new AHA Member Deals.

Talk to Us

We want to hear from you, and invite your help to find potential new deals in your area! You can either nominate locations via Brew Guru or simply fill out the online request form to let us know what businesses you’d like to see offer a deal.

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