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AHA Gov. Committee Elections - Vote for Tom Schmidlin
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Written by Mark Emiley   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:04

The American Homebrewers Association is holding their Governing Committee Elections and Washington has Tom Schmidlin up for re-election. Tom was one of the founders of the Washington Homebrewers Association, a Golden Mash Paddle recipient, the 2012 National Homebrewers Conference co-organizer, and an incredible advocate for homebrewing in Washington.

You can read all about Tom's background and stances here:

Tom also writes:

"I'm the chair of the competition subcommittee - that committee came up with the rule and registration changes for this year's competition, love them or hate them. We based the direction of the changes on the survey we sent out to members, who indicated that they favored inclusiveness for the competition. To that end, we were able to increase the number of members participating by 63%. We were also able to increase the number of overall entries by adding a judging center. We've also added 1st round volunteer incentives in the form of a random free conference ticket and first dibs on entries for volunteers. We are hoping that by increasing the number of volunteers at first round sites we will be able to increase the number of entries judged at each site in the future, which will help alleviate the growth issues. As of last count we've been able to accommodate 93% of those who wanted to enter."

This year there are 25 people running for 8 seats and we need Washington AHA Members to help ensure Washington is represented on the Governing Committee. Please take a second and cast your vote for Tom.

Members can find out more about voting and cast your vote at:

Voting is open until March 31st. (You do not need to use all 8 of your votes). Thanks for taking the time to support Washington homebrewing.

2014 Nat. HB Comp Northwest Region Judging
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Written by Mark Emiley   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:54

Seattle will be once again hosting the first round judging center for the National Homebrew Competition Northwest Region this year.

In order to make this event as successful as it has been in the past, we need all judges to turn out and provide quality judging for approximately 750 entries, with the flight winners (1-3) going on to the final round in Grand Rapids, Michigan (in conjunction with the National Homebrewers Conference).

In addition to judges we will need plenty of stewards to help the competition run smoothly.

We will be judging on April 4th and 5th at the Pyramid Alehouse across from Safeco Field. A continental style breakfast will be provided in the morning along with lunch between provided between sessions.

In an effort to say "thank you" to all volunteers this year, one lucky volunteer will receive a complimentary pass to this year's National Homebrewers' Conference in Grand Rapids. One lucky volunteer will be randomly drawn by the AHA from the pool of competition staff, judges, and stewards for each Judge Center. In addition, we will also be handing out some cool swag throughout the sessions via a raffle.

Registration for judges and stewards whom have entries in the competition will be able to register to judge or steward through the NHC Application Registration page ( upon notification of their competition site and the number of entries allowed. Non-entrant volunteers will be able to sign up to judge and steward after the databases are populated with the competition entrants. So, expect sometime after February 19 or so.

In addition to judging on the 4th and 5th, we will also need help with entry processing on Saturday afternoon, March 22nd. For entry processing, please use the contact links at the main registration site to send the organizers a note.

For those of you that are in need of accommodations the Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Stadium is offering a discounted rate for those volunteering for the competition. The cutoff date for making reservations under the discounted price is March 14, 2014. Reservations can be mad online at use the group code and password below or by calling (206)204-9800 and using the reference HOMEBREW.

Group code: HOMEBREW

Password: SEATTLE

Location: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant 1201 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134

Judging Dates: Friday, April 4th 5:30pm (1 session)

Saturday, April 5th, 8:30am (2 sessions)

Entry Processing: Sunday, March 22nd, 1:00 PM

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

Jeremy Allison – Competition Organizer

Steve Antoch – Judge Director

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:14

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