WHAT: In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. This year, throughout the day on May 2, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and clubs all over the country will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. At noon CDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider for their friends and loved ones. A number of suggested recipes are selected for AHA Big Brew participants to follow. This year’s chosen recipes—Columbus Pale Ale, Old School Barleywine and Killer Kölsch—are all past National Homebrew Competition (NHC) medal winners featured in the forthcoming book Modern Homebrew Recipesby three-time NHC Ninkasi Award winner Gordon Strong.
WHEN: All day long! Saturday, May 2
A simultaneous toast occurs at 12:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Everywhere! From homebrewers’ homes and backyards, to the shops that provide the ingredients and supplies, to local breweries and craft beer bars worldwide. View an interactive map of AHA Big Brew event locations across the country. Register your local AHA Big Brew event and join the conversation on Twitter with #BigBrew15.
WHO: Everyone! As long as they’re 21 and over, of course.
WHY: There are over 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States. With one in every 200 adults in the U.S. now crafting their own beer, homebrewing has become one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies. AHA Big Brew is a toast to the nation’s homebrewers and their shared love and appreciation for homebrewed beer, mead and cider. In 2014, 8,000 people celebrated the AHA National Homebrew Day at 437 registered sites. Additionally, 2,200 batches created 17,550 gallons of homebrew enjoyed around the world. Last year, 49 U.S. states and 14 countries participated.
About the American Homebrewers Association:
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 44,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.