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Old 10-24-2007, 11:23 PM   #11
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Illinois is ignored by most craft brewers, and I never see any events in my area other than tastings at the Map Room in Chicago. There are no craft beer fests or anything of the like. I feel hurt and neglected by the beer world.

+1 chicago is not the best CB city.

I'm gonna ask at delilah's later tonight if they are part of that....


Rock bottom has a few locations here that give the discount. (do they all?)

Are you an Urban Knaves of Grain member? I'm gonna go to the meeting tomorrow night (my first time).
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:37 PM   #12
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Good idea. Like Grandma used to say, "Fragen kostet nichts".
Translation: "Asking costs nothing" or "It doesn't cost (anything) to ask".
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:10 AM   #13
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Also, I think Sam Adams sent out two of their new glasses to all AHA members earlier this year.

I discovered homebrewing too late to be included but it souds like a cool benefit.

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Old 10-25-2007, 03:26 AM   #14
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I'm a new member, paid the extra $5 or so for a Family Membership. With a normal memebership you can only buy 2 tickets to the GABF Members Tasting but with a Family you can buy 4. So this way my friends didn't ahve to buy memberships and I also got them AHA cards. Zymurgy is a good magazine and I hope to make it to the NHC. None of the participating pubs are in my area so that doesn't help any...

I guess if you had no plans to attend GABF, NHC or any participating pubs you frequent you might not feel it's worth it just for the magazine.

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Old 10-25-2007, 04:59 AM   #15
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Illinois is ignored by most craft brewers, and I never see any events in my area other than tastings at the Map Room in Chicago. There are no craft beer fests or anything of the like. I feel hurt and neglected by the beer world.
That's not really true ... Chicago has the real ale fest, North Aurora has a brew fest in late August and there are a couple others in the subs ... it's just that nothing is even remotely related to the AHA.

Crazy, I'm going to the UKG meeting tomorrow. I joined a long time ago, but didn't keep up with it. PM me and we'll grab a beer afterwards or during.
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:32 PM   #16
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Thanks for the comments. It just seemed a little high at $35 or so for a membership and I wanted to know if many of you felt it was worth it. I have been to the GABF many times and not looking to go much in the future so the discount is not attractive to me. I have read a copy or 3 of Zymurgy and did not find it an essential read. The food discounts might be useful.

I will give it some thought.

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Old 10-26-2007, 09:45 AM   #17
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I get 10% off at morebeer when I go into the store (not sure if you can use it online). The card has paid for itself many times over

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Old 10-26-2007, 05:13 PM   #18
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I joined partly just to support the cause, like donating to any charity. This way, the magazine, the pub discounts, etc. is all extra as far as I'm concerned. Same for joining the musician's union (AFM). I didn't join because I personally expect to benefit from it. I joined to show my support for local and live music. The alternative is all Karaoke, all the time!

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Old 10-26-2007, 06:01 PM   #19
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I joined because I am an american homebrewer so I thought that it was fitting that I be a member of the association :P The dicounts are cool, and Zymurgy is a good read. It should help next year for NHBC and GABF too.

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Old 10-27-2007, 11:32 AM   #20
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I just got my card last week. Its a paper card, I wanted plastic like the s**t load of cards already in my wallet!

I like olllio's idea of flashing the card at brew pubs and watching the confusion on the poor waitress's face. This happened at BJ's believe it or not. She came back to our table and said the manager had never seen such a thing but thought it was "cool"

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