With Homebrew Conference right around the corner (June 22-24, 2023 in San Diego) we thought we needed another episode focusing on homebrewing. 

This week, Julia Herz executive director of the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA)—the nation’s largest hobbyist not-for-profit organization for homebrewers and fermented beverages joins the show. 

Julia gives us a little history on The Homebrew Conference, and how it’s grown over the years. There are some exciting sessions and topics this year, including a Hot Sauce making session (hey, it’s fermentation). 

We also dive into a conversation on new homebrewing technology (you can do an entire brew day from an app on your phone), and new styles that homebrewers are tackling. 

It wouldn’t be Beer Me if we didn’t leave you with a little how-to to start your homebrew journey! Take a look at  American Homebrewers Association website, engage with your local clubs (shout out to the DC Homebrewers Club), or simply grab a 1-gallon kit and get brewing! 

Sarah Jane Curran
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Sarah Jane (SJ) Curran kicked off her love of beer while studying at The Culinary Institute of America. She continued her education with a Masters from NYU, where she focused her research on beer history and education. She was the beer director at Eleven Madison Park in NYC and General Manager at Churchkey in DC. She taught beer classes for Cornell University and AGMU systems. Currently, she is the Sr. Beverage Manager for Global, US, and Canada for Marriott International. Beer Me! makes her very happy, almost as happy as she is drinking rauchbier.