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  • 14 Oct 2021 7:19 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Reservations are now open for NABA's 51st Convention in Pittsburgh in 2022. Don't miss the boat on this one, as we expect to beat last year's record crowd. The Doubletree-Greentree's rate of $100 per night includes breakfast for two! Here's the link. It automatically sets you up from Wednesday thru Sunday but you can adjust it to suit your needs.

  • 04 Sep 2021 8:58 AM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    After seven years of service as NABA president, John Ferguson (Indianapolis, IN) is retiring. At the conclu-sion of NABA’s 50th Anniversary convention (July 28-31) in Milwaukee, current vice president Ken Quaas (Las Vegas, NV) will succeed John as president. Ken has been leading NABA’s membership growth efforts and is the Editorial Director of the Breweriana Collector magazine, NABA’s most important asset to its members.

    Mike Michalik (Frederick, MD) will take over the Vice President’s role. Mike also has been integral to the huge membership increases NABA has experienced in the past few years and oversees NABA’s convention efforts. NABA’s long-time Treasurer, Jim Kaiser (Washington, MI), will remain in that role but will be assist-ed by one of the Board of Directors, Joe Gula (Indianapolis, IN), who also is this year’s Convention Chair.

    Lisa Allen (Thomasville, PA) has been unanimously nominated to the Board. She brings great enthusiasm as both leader of our Membership Committee and in directing NABA’s revamped convention auction this year, our first in partnership with Morean Auctions.

    Goals accomplished!

    During John Ferguson’s presidency, NABA has accomplished or exceeded the annual goals set forth by the Board of Directors. These include:

    Growing membership by more than 60% in the past 5 years.

    Increasing the number of local chapter affiliates from 22 to 47 in the same time span.

    Improving and expanding the Breweriana Collector magazine from 48 to 64 pages (and four consecutive 80-pagers to celebrate our 50th)!

    Revamping the website and adding a tremendous amount of current and historical content to make it a true asset to the membership. This could not have been accomplished without NABA’s outstanding webmaster, Dan Bora (Chesterfield, MI).

    Three consecutive conventions of record-setting attendance (including the 50th in Milwaukee this year).

    NABA also has retained many members for 20+ years

    NABA continues to experience tremendous growth not only in the Midwest, but also the Northeast and West. The goals of the club are to continue to support and build the breweriana collecting hobby, especially at the local chapter level.

    The 2022 Convention will be held from Aug 3-7 in Pittsburgh. If you are not already a NABA member, we would love to have you join!
    Click Here to find out how.

  • 15 Jul 2021 5:40 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    If you're not a NABA member but still want some great breweriana and man cave stuff, our Saturday convention show is free - more than 150 tables of great beer stuff! Want to know more about NABA?

  • 14 Apr 2021 8:03 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    This summer, the BCCA and NABA will each hold their respective 50th conventions.  Which one should you attend? Easy answer.


    And if you register for both, the leadership of BCCA and NABA would like you to have this beautiful, embossed, tin-over-cardboard sign.  The sign features the icons of Sir Falstaff and the Lady in the Moon, which of course represent the host convention cities for BCCA (St. Louis) and NABA (Milwaukee).

    This striking, 9 X 7-inch sign is made in the USA by Scioto Sign Co. of Kenton, OH, who have made TOCs like this since the 1930s.  BCCA and NABA have partnered to produce a limited edition of only 200 of these signs to mark our historic anniversary celebrations. 

    The sign can be yours if and only if you register for both conventions. And then, it is yours FREE!

    Be one of the first 200 members to register for both the BCCA (Registration coming soon) and NABA (Click Here) conventions and get your free TOC. Only 200 are available! Membership in each organization is required to register.

    See you this summer in Milwaukee and St. Louis, America’s two classic beer cities.

  • 02 Apr 2021 8:16 AM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    NABA proudly announces our newest local chapter partnership, joining with the A-1 Chapter of Arizona, our 46th chapter. Welcome to the A-1 Chapter!

  • 17 Mar 2021 6:30 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Thanks to huge interest in our 50th Convention, the Convention hotel (Ingleside Inn in Pewaukee) is sold out.

    There are still some rooms available at the Ingleside – but mostly suites. The rates will vary, but will be higher than the NABA discounted rate, of $109.  These may be booked by calling the hotel at: 800-247-6640, or on-line at:

    We still want you to come and enjoy the convention! To accommodate you, we have secured a block of rooms at the nearby Best Western Waukesha Grand, about a mile away from the Ingleside.  These rooms are offered at a special rate of $90 per night are booking quickly.  To make your reservation. Please call directly and ask for the NABA rate.  Here are the details:

    Best Western Waukesha Grand

    2840 N Grandview Blvd

    Pewaukee, WI 53072

    Direct Telephone: (262) 524-9300 (RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY PHONE, NOT ON WEBSITE)

    We sincerely thank our membership for the tremendous enthusiasm in our anniversary convention and urge you to make your room reservations at the Best Western now.

    See you in Milwaukee!


    John Ferguson....................... President

    Ken Quaas..................... Vice President

    James Kaiser..........................Treasurer

    Dave Alsgaard.......Recording Secretary



    John Bittermann

    Paul Cervenka

    Darla Long

    Mike Michalik


    Joe Gula

    Matthew Olszewski

    Don Roussin

    Barry Travis

    Christopher Watt

  • 29 Jan 2021 4:26 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

  • 11 Jan 2021 4:28 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    NABA proudly announces our newest local chapter partnership, joining with the Big Sky Chapter of Montana. There are many great collectors in that beautiful neck of the woods. A big welcome to Big Sky as NABA's 45th chapter!

  • 27 Dec 2020 11:33 AM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    NABA President John FergusonThe challenging year of 2020 is finally over, and we have a new, and I am hoping, brighter year ahead. Many of us have missed the good times and camaraderie that come with seeing each other and sharing stories at our “beer show” gatherings. Happily, there were a few outdoor events that were safely held this Fall. It is my strong hope that we will be able to resume a more normal schedule, and, importantly, hold our NABA 50th Convention in Milwaukee, from July 28th-31st!

    NABA Bats 1000

    Now for some good news about 2020. We reached our membership goal by exceeding 1000 members! This is truly a revitalized organization with a talented and energetic Board of Directors who are focused on accomplishment. For perspective, we are now back at the membership levels we hit during our “heyday” 20+ years ago and have increased by +48% in the past 5 years.

    The Handsome Waiter in the Heartland is joined by a host of breweriana collectors at the IBC Chapter show in Indianapolis, IN on October 31, 2020. From left: Jim TenEyck, Greg Gerke, Todd Morton, Don Hardy (BCCA VP), Beer Dave Gausepohl, Clayton Emery, Rick Natter, NABA and IBC Chapter President John Ferguson, Carey Williams, and Doug Groth.

    This Magazine

    There is no doubt that a big part of our club’s vitality is this magazine, where our members can contribute. And I am happy to say that you have been, in droves. In the Fall, we did a special 80-page issue, up from our usual 64-page publication, which itself had been increased from 48 pages as of Spring, 2019. Your tremendous contributions to this Winter issue quite literally forced us to make the investment to again extend this issue to 80 pages.

    Amazingly once again, more than 100 members were involved in creating this issue and the interest and enthusiasm for this publication continues to grow. As usual, we have first-time authors, like Rusty Long, Ken Jones, Ben Kadow, and Allen Kirgan, as well as many members who have contributed again and again. Got an idea for an article? Just reach out to our Editorial Director, Ken Quaas, at We make the whole process easy!

    NABA 2021 Convention

    The 2021 Convention marks our 50th, and we will be celebrating where it all began — in Milwaukee. Our meeting will be at the recently renovated Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee/ Waukesha, which has an ideal set-up and where we successfully held two prior conventions (1996 and 2004). We sent out an email blast to the membership in the Fall about registering for the convention and the response has been terrific. Eighty percent of the rooms we reserved are already taken and we are requesting more as we expect a sellout. Please see the info on page 55 and make your reservations today. This 50th Convention is truly an event you won’t want to miss, so mark your calendars now for July 28th-31st.

    Local chapters

    Our 44 chapters—and we will be adding more in 2021—are the vitality of this organization and our hobby. I realize this, being very involved in the IBC Chapter here in Indiana. NABA’s aim is to support our chapters wherever and whenever we can. We will list your shows in the events page of this magazine, promote them on our highly active Facebook page, and feature you on our revamped website—all at no cost. Please reach out to me or our Chapter Liaison, Darla Long at when we can help your chapter.

    I hope you stay in good health, and to once again see you at a show in 2021.


    The Handsome Waiter out West, at the Western Regional Show in Oakland, CA on November 14, 2020. Pictured, safely masked are from left, NABA Board Member Mike Michalik, NABA Vice President Ken Quaas, and NABA members Keith Kerschner (BCCA Presi ent), Charlie Smith, and Ken Harootunian, who did a tremendous job organizing the show’s events.

  • 17 Nov 2020 9:38 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Approximately 15,000 square feet of The Mill will be allocated to the Brewery Museum. The museum will be a destination for serious collectors and casual visitors alike to discover one of the country’s most extensive breweriana collections.

    In the early to mid-twentieth century, regional breweries built brand awareness with art consisting of motion beer signs, tap handles, neon signs and more. To collectors, this memorabilia is affectionately known as breweriana—a reminder of good times, craftsmanship, regional Americana, and of course, iconic long-forgotten beers.

    If you have brewery artifacts you think we might be interested in please send all inquiries to

    To learn more about our project and the future museum visit

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