The last time the American Homebrewers Association had a rally here in Nebraska was back in 2007. According to AHA director Gary Glass, it was clearly overdue.

In a phone interview, Glass told us they usually try to contact local breweries in places where they haven’t been in a while, and sometimes the breweries get a hold of them.

Glass said the rallies are an opportunity for brewers to get together and learn more about the brewing process. “They’re a lot of fun. Homebrewers are a great bunch of people. They like any opportunity to talk about it and teach others about it.”

He would know. Glass has been a member of AHA since 2000 and its director since 2006. Glass said he originally got into homebrewing back in college, about 22 years ago.

“Back then, there wasn’t a whole lot of variety, so if I wanted something different I had to make it myself.” But that’s not the case today!

With over 44,000 members, the American Homebrewers Association is going strong. Glass said things the homebrewing community has grown dramatically since about 2005.

“It’s going on everywhere in the country right now. Basically, anywhere there’s a lot of breweries.”

The AHA was formed back in 1978, by author of the book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Charlie Papazian in Boulder, Colorado. According to their website, they are a not-for-profit organization working to “empower homebrewers to make the best beer in the world.” Their rallies are a way of doing that.

On Saturday, June 27, Nebraska brewers had the opportunity to get together and sample the tasty concoctions of their fellow homebrewers.

While the rallies are free to AHA members, non-members can join online at <>

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