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  • 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 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.

  • 11 Dec 2019 9:00 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    NABA is excited to announce that the Brewmaster's Dinner at our 2020 Pittsburgh Convention will be hosted by Master Cicerone, Brian Reed! For those not familiar with the the Cicerone program, Master Cicerone is the highest level one can achieve. It is essentially a PHD in Beer! It's a very rigorous program. There are only 18 Master Cicerones in the world and only 2 in the Eastern US. Luckily for us, Brian is a Pittsburgher and is excited to be a part of our event. We're very fortunate to have him. The Brewmaster's Dinner will be held Wednesday, July 29th at 6PM and is an optional event. Cost for the dinner and beer pairing is a bargain at $45. An event like this with a Master Cicerone is generally going to run $75 and up. 

  • 10 Dec 2019 9:50 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    John Ferguson, President

      Winter greetings to our NABA family! I have found that one of the best ways to stay warm during winter weekends is by staying indoors—especially at a Breweriana show. And there are plenty of them coming up—just look at the fine collection of shows listed on pages 58 & 59 of this magazine. Your NABA Board of Directors firmly believes that local shows are the lifeblood of this hobby. To be sure, there’s a lot of breweriana treasure that can be found in online auctions, especially those put on by Dan Morean and Glenn Miller, both NABA members and loyal sponsors of this magazine. These auctions supplement, but do not replace the camaraderie, information sharing, and interesting finds that turn up at breweriana shows.

    Local Support

      Even when I don’t find something at a show, I’m always glad I went. There are old acquaintances to renew and new ones to make, and even though I’ve been at this hobby for a long time, I invariably learn something new. Those are the things that are such an important part of this hobby. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend quite a few shows in recent months. These have included the Cleveland-area show in October led by NABA Membership Committee member Clayton Emery, which is known as the Eastern Great Lakes Brewery Collectables Show and sponsored by Michigan, Buckeye & Lake Erie chapters. In November I went to the Three Rivers chapter show in Ft. Wayne, IN.

      Also in November, NABA VP Ken Quaas and I hit the West Coast for NABA member Ken Harootunian’s terrific show near Oakland, the Western Regional Beer Can & Breweriana Show, sponsored by the 49er Chapter. Ken’s hospitality is unparalleled, and after the show he arranged an outstanding tour of San Francisco’s Anchor Brewery, which as beer fans know, started the American craft beer revolution.

    Chapter Growth

      What’s the common denominator among all of these shows? Local chapter support! At NABA, we have a renewed dedication to not only support and help strengthen our existing chapters, but also to add new ones and help them grow. Working together, we can grow the hobby and our memberships on both the local and national levels. In 2018, NABA had 23 chapters. As of this writing, we now have 39, an amazing increase of more than 60%. In this issue, we celebrate our partnership with four new chapters:

    Columbine of Colorado

    Richbrau of Virginia

    Schell’s Border Batch from No. Iowa & So. Minnesota

    Spearman of Florida

      Our 2020 goal is to double the 2018 total to 46 chapters. Board member and chapter liaison Darla Long and Board member/ Membership Committee chairman Mike Michalik have done a terrific job in both building chapter and individual memberships. Why should a local chapter partner with NABA? We can promote the chapter and its events in this magazine and on NABA’s website ( and our Facebook page. NABA also can send out email promotional messages to all our members in the local areas where the chapter events are being held.

    And if you have other ideas on ways that we can promote your chapter, please let me know!

      NABA is everywhere!

      Historically, NABA’s base was in the Midwest, and we certainly have strength in numbers there. But much of our growth in the past few years has come from the East Coast, West Coast, and Texas. Maybe you’ve seen NABA’s increased presence, featuring our stand-up banners with the famous “Handsome Waiter” character, borrowed from the historic Hampden Brewing Co. of Massachusetts. Thanks to our Board members and terrific Membership Committee, the Waiter has been highly visible, appearing at shows from coast-to-coast (see pg. 41 in this issue). Where you see the banner, you will find a NABA member with information about our organization and how to join. We chose the Waiter character purposely, because we believe that NABA is here to “serve” the local chapters and the overall hobby.

    Who’s the handsomest of them all? Posing with the Handsome Waiter, Nov. 2019 at Fallfest in Auburn, MA: from top left,Dave Reid, president of the Rusty Bunch chapter, NABA webmaster Dan Bora, NABA members Dave “Daev” Larazzolo and Jon Melillo, president of the Red Fox chapter,  

    Exciting Convention plans

      To help serve our East Coast growth, NABA’s Annual Convention has moved eastward to Pittsburgh this year and Chair Mike Michalik and Co-Chair Chris Watt have plans for what promises to be our biggest Convention ever, to be held on July 29-August 1, 2020. Please see the informational ad on page 15 of this issue for all the exciting details, with much more to come in the Spring issue of this magazine. There are some amazing things planned, from some spectacular home tours on Tuesday, to a Wednesday filled with a carefully curated bus tour of historic and current breweries, followed by a special Brewmaster’s Dinner. By popular demand, Thursday is being set aside for room to room trading, with seminars running only from 9AM-noon. Friday has our Annual Auction followed by a Pittsburgh craft beer tasting and then our meeting/banquet. A new feature on Friday evening will be a special Speakeasy event, with more details on that to come. Our concluding day is Saturday, which will feature a heavily promoted trade show, open free to the public, from 9AM to 1PM. Instead of the Saturday night dinner, we will have a full luncheon after the show and then the opportunity to attend a Pirates/Cardinals baseball game at the beautiful PNC Park, where we have our own special section reserved. The cost for the game will include tickets, transportation, food, soft drinks, and beer. For those who choose not to attend the ballgame, Saturday’s hospitality room will remain open, with food and drink, as normal. Please reserve your hotel rooms now! Many thanks to Iron City and the Pittsburgh Brewing Co. for signing on as our official beer sponsor and to the Penn Brewery for joining as a co-sponsor of the Convention. And many thanks to you, our members, who are helping your chapters, NABA, and our hobby, grow. I hope to see you while you are staying warm at many of the winter breweriana shows.




  • 06 Dec 2019 5:59 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    When making NABA Convention plans, we advocate that you arrive early in Pittsburgh, because on Tuesday, July 28th, NABA is offering an extraordinary house tour itinerary. 

    Please note that registered members will need to be wearing their badges and to provide their own transportation for home admissions.  NABA will provide addresses and directions.

    First we'll tour the collection of James Mickinak.  Jim showcases the most amazing, extensive and preeminent Rolling Rock collection. In addition, Jim has a stellar Western Pennsylvania breweriana collection. Jim's collection is housed in a separate building behind his home and features a full sized 1930's era bar and backbar.  NABA guests will be treated to an open bar as Jim has hired a bartender for the day to serve us.  Jim has also graciously offered to serve a lunch of pizza, wings & cake.

    Next up is the spectacular collection of Chip Echnoz.  This is truly a massive and museum-caliber collection encompassing Western Pa, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia Breweriana.  Plans are to eventually house the collection at the renovated Pittsburgh Brewing Co. as a permanent museum that will be open to the public.

    Our third stop will feature the collection of Matt Welch. Matt’s terrific collection specializes in TOC's and ROG's and spans multiple geographies. If a piece is rare and minty, it's on his radar. Matt's walls are filled with great breweriana that also includes neon, signs clocks and chalks.

    Don’t miss your chance to personally view so many rare pieces of breweriana in one day than on Tuesday, July 28th. Be sure to make your plans now to join NABA this Summer in Pittsburgh!

  • 20 Nov 2019 4:43 PM | Danny Bora (Administrator)

    NABA is very happy to announce that Penn Brewery has come on board as a co-sponsor of our Convention this summer in Pittsburgh from July 29-Aug 1, 2020. Penn joins our lead sponsor, Pittsburgh Brewing / Iron City and will be not only a beer provider, but also a part of our Wednesday Bus Tour of historic and current Pittsburgh breweries.

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