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  • 31 Mar 2020 4:14 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)
    Spring greetings to our NABA members across the country! And I’m happy to report that there are more of you now than there have been since the late 1990s. In the past two years, our club has been rebuilt and energized. Our magazine has expanded from 40 to 64 pages. We have brought back our printed directory, by popular demand. And our last two Conventions, in Madison and Cincinnati, have set attendance records.

    We’ve also had some incredible growth in chapter affiliations. In the past couple of years, we’ve almost doubled our number of chapters from 23 to 42. The most recent chapter additions since our last issue are Chesapeake Bay of Maryland, Officer Suds of Utica, NY, and Cascade from the Pacific Northwest. We are thrilled to add these great chapters and firmly believe local chapters and shows are the lifeblood of our hobby and pledge to do all we can to promote them.

          

    NABA has a revitalized Board of Directors who are working hard to grow our organization and hobby. The incredible Danny Bora has re-built our website into a powerful asset to our members, with easy digital access to back issues of this magazine and all the latest news on NABA as well as breweriana shows and events across the country. Please check it out at www.nababrew.com.

    What’s next? NABA members will be gathering from July 29-Aug 1 for our 49th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh—and we have some amazing events planned. We have three phenomenal home tours, a great historic and craft brewery bus tour, the Brewmaster’s dinner being conducted by a world-class beer expert, room-to-room trading, educational seminars, our exclusive auction, craft beer tastings, the annual banquet, a new Speakeasy after-party featuring live jazz music and craft cocktails, public trade show, lunch and—for those interested—a Pirates/Cardinals baseball game Saturday evening. The Convention team is led by Mike Michalik and Chris Watt with Iron City Beer as the official sponsor and Penn Brewery joining the sponsorship team. Let me put it simply: You need to be there!

    Matthew Olszewski of Syracuse, NY was unanimously elected to the the NABA Board of Directors in January.Elections are part of the annual gathering and 2018-2020 Board of Director members John Bittermann, Paul Cervenka, Darla Long, and Mike Michalik have raised their hands for another 2-year term. We also have added Matthew Olszewski—a well-regarded hobbyist and founder of the 5000+ member Breweriana Buy Sell and Trade Facebook page—to our Board (see photo below). Your NABA officers’ terms expire this August and I am glad to report that Ken Quaas, Jim Kaiser, Dave Alsgaard, and myself are game for another two years of NABA growth. If anyone wishes further information about board participation, please email me at fergkate@ comcast.net.

    Sadly, our wonderful BC editor, Lee Chichester, plans to retire soon, as of the Winter 2021 issue. But she is assisting in finding someone to help do what she does. Notice I did not say “replace” her, because that would be impossible. Lee has been instrumental in making this magazine the best in the hobby and will be hugely missed. But we are fortunate to have the editorial leadership of Ken Quaas and great staff of writers in place, so the BC should not miss a beat. Thanks Lee!

    Our Handsome Waiter membership banner has been showing up everywhere these days, traveling to as many shows as possible, thanks to our great Membership Committee. The Waiter is so busy, I can’t keep up with his travels.

         

    The Handsome Waiter and NABA support local breweriana shows. Above left: Board member Barry Travis and Membership Committee member Stevan Miner at the Hamm’s Beer Club show in Medina, MN, on Feb 15.

    On a sour note, we have spent a good deal of time investigating the legitimacy (or lack thereof) of some suspect mirrored signs that have surfaced in the past year. I am very pleased that the national clubs worked closely to jointly investigate this situation and keep our members informed and protected. See pg. 54 of the spring issue for the investigation’s details. Make sure to sign up for the Convention and reserve your hotel room today in Pittsburgh! Rooms are going fast.

    I look forward to seeing you then, if not sooner at a local chapter show.

    John Ferguson, President

    Fergkate@comcast.net

  • 15 Mar 2020 6:49 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Don Monroe Jr. Did an excellent job promoting the hobby and the Buckeye Show.


  • 20 Feb 2020 8:34 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    WWII Veteran Vince Speranza describes his famous beer run for his wounded friend.


  • 19 Feb 2020 7:37 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Episode 105 — Seidel Family / Norristown, PA

    When Steve Seidel Senior of Norristown, Pennsylvania passed away recently he left his two adult children a 300-year-old farmhouse full of beer memorabilia and countless other pop culture items. The task of cleaning out the house and barn before selling the property was overwhelming and the kids turned to Matt and his team for help. Not only did Matt need to do an inventory of all the items in the house but he had to find a handful of cherished memorabilia that the children, Becky and Steve Jr. wanted to keep to remind them of their dad. Matt’s strategy was to divide and conquer. He searched the barn with Avi while Jaimie and Mike go through a house jammed from floor ceiling with beer collectables. There were cans, trays, bottles, posters and more. In fact, there were so many items that Matt decided to bring in some beer experts to go through everything and put a price tag on the collection. The experts found some rare items that will bring top dollar. That makes Matt happy because he knows Becky and Steve Jr. want to use some of the money they get from selling the house and everything in it to provide for their two younger half-brothers. Besides beer memorabilia, Matt and his team finds lots of other interesting things. A collection of political campaign pins, an old barber chair, a classic Corvette and something none of them had ever seen before. A bazooka. Seems that Steve Sr. was a wild man who collected lots of really cool stuff. With the house cleared out and the moving vans packed, Matt shows Becky and Steve the Legacy List items he’s found. It’s an emotional moment. The house may be sold but the kids now have a few cherished items that will remind them of their dad.


  • 24 Jan 2020 4:45 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)


  • 11 Jan 2020 8:30 AM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Happy New Year Everyone,

    2020 has started out with  a Bang !

    First , NABA is thrilled to announce that the 45-member Chesapeake Bay Chapter of Maryland has elected to come aboard as our landmark 40th chapter!  


    Second, NABA is extremely happy to announce the latest addition to our Board of Directors: Matthew Olszewski of Syracuse, NY. Matt is a well- respected, knowledgeable and highly-valued member of our breweriana collecting community and has done a terrific job in his role on our Membership Committee. We are proud to have him join our stellar team to help further our efforts to build NABA, and most importantly, bring energy, knowledge, camaraderie and growth to our hobby.

  • 06 Jan 2020 10:46 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    NABA is proud to announce that the PBG(Pittsburgh Brewers Guild) will be a co-sponsor of our 2020 Convention in Pittsburgh. PBG represents over 30 craft breweries in the Pittsburgh area. PBG already assisted us in getting Master Cicerone, Brian Reed, to host our Brewmaster's Dinner and they will be providing the local beer for that event, as well as Hospitality . In addition, PBG will be pouring area beers at our Craft Beer Tasting prior to the Banquet. Many of you will take the time to visit Pittsburgh Breweries during your stay and the PBG website makes planning that easy. Visit https://pghbreweryguide.com/ and select what breweries that you'd like to visit and an itinerary will be mapped out for you. Pittsburgh's Beer Community is truly a family! As PBG's motto states "PITTSBURGH IS A BEER-DRINKING TOWN, & WE’RE ALL NEIGHBORS HERE."

  • 21 Dec 2019 12:06 AM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    We'd like to announce a completely new convention event, The NABA Speakeasy. The Speakeasy will serve as a wrap party for the convention. We took inspiration from John Bain's Back Bar Room at the Blue/Gray Show and expanded it to an entertainment venue. The Speakeasy will open immediately after Friday's Banquet and will feature Prohibition era cocktails, collaboration beers brewed exclusively for NABA and a pianist playing music from the 20's and 30's, all under dim lights. We didn't hire just any piano player but none other than the great Tom Roberts. Tom is a Pittsburgh native and is internationally known. He is considered one of the finest players of older Jazz styles. He has played notable venues including The Tonight Show, Carnegie Hall as well as The Prairie Home Companion. Tom arranged and performed the music for the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s film The Aviator, starring Leonardo di Caprio, as well as several titles for the film DeLovely, the Cole Porter biopic. NABA members get all of this and you are getting it for free. All of the expenses for the NABA Speakeasy have been covered by NABA member and Pittsburgh collector, Chip Echnoz and Pittsburgh Brewing owner, Cliff Forrest. Join us on July 31st for a very memorable night of song & drink!

    Check out the video below of Tom Roberts playing at a music conference in Switzerland.


  • 17 Dec 2019 6:37 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    Flames tore through the former Jackson Brewery in OTR Sunday morning, sending smoke into the air, which could be seen and smelt miles away.

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