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Old 09-27-2012, 12:37 AM   #1
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Anyone join the American Homebrewers Association?

I was looking at the cost and I thought it was a little rough. $38 a year or $600 for a lifetime membership. I'll have to use the AHA membership perks for 16 years for it to pay off.

Sooooo... Anyone out ther know the perks?

I have a competition that will only crown you best beer if you are a member of the AHA. I wouldn't say my beer is the est but, if it was it wouldn't matter.



Anyone know what the perks are?

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:40 AM   #2
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Discounts at lots of bars.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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I love the discounts. Most places around me give you something like a free flight of beer, pint, glassware, or just a 15% discount. Then there is the bonus of the members only session at great American beer fest and zymurgy.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #4
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Here is a link about the discounts at bars. https://www.homebrewersassociation.o...p/member-deals

Also zymurgy magazine comes with membership. It is quite good. Lots of recipes including recipes from commercial breweries (not clones).

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:58 AM   #5
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Well the zymburgy magazine is a pretty good deal alone. I wish I had good bars around where I live that participate. All bars that participate are at the least an hour away

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:20 AM   #6
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I'm going to join tomorrow. The best but is that they are fighting the political battles that we don't have the money or time to on our own. Check the thread on Alabama, crazy.

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:24 AM   #7
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I joined recently. I haven't used the discounts yet, but I make trips to participating breweries frequently enough through the year and put away quite a few beers and get growler fills that it will certainly pay for itself. I'd be willing to bet my trip to Russian River in February and the two or three times I'll hit Stone over the next year alone will make it worth it. Plus the membership fees fund an advocacy group continuously fighting for our rights.

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:40 AM   #8
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The discount program can cut that cost substantially if you can use it a lot. Unfortunately there's only two places within a 30 minute drive that accepts it and that's BJ's and Flying Saucer but it's only on food. I don't eat there very often. I went to Colorado for a few days and racked up a lot of free beer. Paid for at least half this year's membership.

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When I signed up last year, they were giving a copy of How to Brew with the membership along with Zymurgy. And the list of breweries/brewpubs/LHBS that give a discount is extensive. My local brewery, People's, gives a free flight and I've gotten the payback from that alone. Over the last year I've gotten well over $100 in benefits/discounts from it.

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Old 09-27-2012, 04:00 AM   #10
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I have been a member for several years. There aren't a lot of places around here that actually take the discounts, or at least, not that I frequent. However, when I went up to the Sonoma valley a month or so ago, I used my AHA card all over the place and got discounts.

Despite not using any discount for years, I still maintain my membership to support homebrewing & craft beer. Zymurgy is also a pretty good magazine, although I must be the only person that doesn't enjoy getting recipes in every issue, because it seems like there are even more of them nowadays.

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