Calling all homebrewers and those wanting to get into the rewarding hobby of homebrewing: Here is a great opportunity to join the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), have fun at Boundary Bay Brewery and meet local beer enthusiasts.

On Sunday, Sept. 13 (during Bellingham Beer Week), from 1 to 4 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham) will be hosting an AHA Rally, and YOU are invited. Attendees will enjoy Boundary Bay beer samples, receive a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA, meet Boundary Bay brewers and staff, take a VIP tour of the brewery and get to help brew a Hop Harvest beer, have a chance to win great prizes, and mingle with local beer lovers and homebrewers.


“When people think of craft beer, they don’t always think of homebrewing, but the roots of craft beer start with homebrewers,” says Janet Lightner, Boundary Bay’s general manager. “We need to honor it and keep it vibrant, and we need to keep attracting more homebrewers.”

This AHA Rally is free to current AHA members. Non-members can join at the door at a discounted rate ($38 instead of $43).

Save time and fill out a membership form in advance to bring with you to the Rally. If possible, please RSVP so Boundary Bay can be better prepared.


More than 44,000 AHA members enjoy many benefits, including a subscription to Zymurgy Magazine, an invitation to participate in the Great American Beer Festival Members-Only Session and a General Session ticket pre-sale, exclusive access to National Homebrew Competition and National Homebrewers Conference registration, free entry to other AHA Rallies, and discounts on food, drinks and merchandise at more than 1,000 pubs, restaurants, breweries and homebrew supply shops. Membership also supports the AHA’s efforts to provide a wealth of resources and a strong community to support homebrewers everywhere. Visit for more information. (AHA is a division of the Brewers Association.)


As an aside, all homebrewers – whether new or experienced – are encouraged to be a part of the local homebrew club, Bellingham Homebrewers Guild (which recently hosted the Best of the Bay Homebrew Competition). There’s no cost to participate, though dues-paying members receive special benefits.