The Hobby Distiller’s Association was founded by Brewhaus to enhance the enjoyment of hobby distilling and to further legalization of alcohol distillation on a hobby level.
We feel, as you likely do, that alcohol distillation on strictly a hobby level should be afforded the same legal standing as hobby beer and wine making. Extensive assistance and endless hours of work have also been provided by “Alli” from the Brewhaus Forum.
Our current goal: Allow hobby distillers to enjoy the same legal standing as hobby brewers and wine makers.
The HDA is currently operated as a division under the Brewhaus umbrella, but is a strictly non-profit arm.
The association has been set up this way because of lobbying restrictions placed on non-profit organizations, opening up our ability to fund legislative changes beyond what membership dues cover.
That means that if the HDA were set up as a traditional non-profit, we would have had to stop paying our lobbyist once we ran out of funds collected from membership. Brewhaus has been covering all additional expenses to keep the lobbyist working for us, and they have contributed over $20,000 in the last year.
Our goal is to turn the HDA over to a standalone non-profit organization once legalization has been achieved, continuing to help hobbyists change local laws to allow for hobby distilling and organize association activities to improve enjoyment of the hobby.