Hi Mitch, welcome to HBT.
Since this thread was started, Mid Country changed the way they deal with homebrewers - they only sell to folks who were previous customers and bought from them within a year. I missed out on the year deadline, so was dropped.
Now, I either buy in bulk from our local homebrew store (BevArt in the Beverly neighborhood, around 101st and Western) or I go in with some guys from the homebrew club I participate with - Brewers of South Suburbia or B.O.S.S. BOSS has a website, at www.bossbeer.org
, if you're looking to visit with brewers, you would probably like coming to the meetings.
Feel free to send me a private message if you want to talk or need more info.