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The New Hampshire Brewers Association (NHBA) values the participation of every member of our professional community. We believe that fostering valuable interaction, engagement, collaboration, connectivity, and community in a fun and safe learning environment is paramount to productivity and to most effectively furthering our mission of Advocacy, Education, and Promotion. In line with this thinking, NHBA members are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, courtesy, and respect for others, while maintaining a high level of professionalism during all NHBA events. Events include, but are not limited to, quarterly meetings, conferences, educational seminars, programs, and collaborations, whether officially sponsored by the Association or not. All members, attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and staff at any NHBA-sponsored event are required to observe the following behavioral tenants.

The NHBA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, assault, threats of assault, sexual harassment, sexual assault, threats of sexual assault, damage to property, theft of property or services, inappropriate behavior towards staff or community members, or any other behavior that is illegal, unethical or reflects poorly on us as a professional body- in any form. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Insulting or defamatory commentary is also considered by this body to be harassment, and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not condoned.

The NHBA stipulates all members and guests exercise moderation when drinking alcohol at NHBA functions. It is essential to be mindful of not only your safety but also the safety of those around you. The NHBA abides by state and local alcoholic beverage laws, thereby requiring that our participants comply with the same, including those laws and rules regarding public intoxication. As representatives of our community, it is the expectation of the Association that all members comport themselves with responsibility and good judgment when participating in our functions. This is an essential aspect of professional courtesy, corporate and personal well-being, and projecting to our communities and stating a positive image of our industry and Association.  The Board of the NHBA reserves at its discretion the right to suspend or altogether bar from NHBA events any person or member brewery that violates this aspect of the Code of Conduct.  This does not limit any additional action that could be taken against individuals or member breweries by the Board on behalf of the Association.

The NHBA mandates professional communications. As a collective of business owners, operators, managers, and dedicated full and part-time industry workers, the NHBA requires a high level of mindful and respectful communication at all times to ensure the safety, comfort, and continued mutual benefit of participants. It is the intention of this body to allow for critical feedback, debate, and disagreement while maintaining respect for those attending every NHBA meeting and aligned event.  This includes member brewery representatives and those involved in the NHBA and its events, including but not limited to staff, guests, volunteers, sponsors, distribution representatives, and municipal representatives. Respect for public and private property is also compulsory. It is the perspective of the NHBA that these conditions are mandatory to ensure the integrity of the Association.

The NHBA prioritizes safety and responsibility. If a member believes something is happening that puts attendees at risk, bodily or otherwise, it is a requirement of participation to communicate this information to the Association board, members, and event host as soon as reasonably possible. All reports regarding assault, sexual assault, property crime, or any other type of criminal behavior will be immediately reported to local law enforcement. The NHBA reserves the right to report any allegations received to the appropriate authorities. 

The NHBA does not condone or tolerate any form of criminal conduct. Alleged crimes that occur within NHBA functions will be reported to law enforcement and potentially investigated by the Association’s Board. The NHBA may also take into consideration the results of any criminal or civil legal investigations or proceedings against an individual or brewery for future participation purposes, including when those proceedings or crimes—alleged or otherwise— take place outside of NHBA meetings.  Members of our Association are expected to behave professionally and lawfully; the Board may consider serious misdemeanors or felonies as triggering events that disqualify member breweries and/or individuals from participation within the Association. 

Additionally, the NHBA does not assume liability for any acts, negligent, intentional, or otherwise, committed by brewery attendees or their guests at any NHBA-affiliated or sponsored event. Members, participants, and guests are individually responsible for their conduct and are considered independent from the Association.  

The NHBA reserves the right to remove any individual or institution from attendance or participation in any NHBA-sponsored event without prior warning or refund, and to take additional action as determined necessary, up to and including expulsion from participation in the NHBA. All violations of the Code of Conduct will be considered by the Board of Directors, who will determine what reparative actions if any, are required by the violating person or brewery. If information is received that there has been a violation of this Code of Conduct, the violator will be apprised of the situation by phone, email, or in-person communication. Any course of action recommended by the Board of Directors is final. Please note, that if you register a guest for a meeting or event, you may also be held responsible for the actions of the guest. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our safety policy or code of conduct, please contact Executive Director CJ Haines.

Violations of this code of conduct must be reported to either the Executive Director and/or a serving member on the Board of Directors as soon as observed. Any violation of the Code of Conduct will be taken seriously. The NHBA also reserves the right to allow any member of the Board of Directors to ask a participant or member to cease their participation in any event, at any time, based on conduct deemed detrimental to the organization as outlined above. Further action including punitive action or revocation of a member’s participation in the NHBA will be decided by the Board of Directors, at its sole discretion.

For additional information contact:

CJ Haines
Executive Director
NH Brewers Association
PO Box 2216 
Concord, NH 03302

(334) 603-BEER

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Ask Your Legislators to Pass the USPS Shipping Equity Act Today

Did you know that the United States Postal Service (USPS) isn’t allowed to ship beer or other beverage alcohol products? This outdated regulation negatively impacts both breweries and consumers in states where alcohol shipping is legal, but there is a bill in Congress to change that.

The USPS Shipping Equity Act would allow the postal service to ship beer, wine, and spirits in states where it is currently legal for private carriers to do so.  

Take action now by using the Brewers Association’s contact Congress form to connect with your elected officials, and let them know that you support the USPS Shipping Equity Act. 

Consumer and brewer interest in direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping has been growing:

  • 84% of craft beer drinkers say they want to be able to legally purchase beer via DtC shipping to their home.
  • 82% said that they are in support of giving the USPS the ability to deliver alcohol to 21+ adults in compliance with applicable state and local laws.

Your federal legislators need to hear from you about the brewing industry's support for the legislation. Contact them now!

Let Congress know that allowing the USPS to ship beverage alcohol products would allow for increased competition, support small and independent breweries, and let beer lovers have access to great craft beer.

Ask your legislators to pass the USPS Shipping Equity Act today! 

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