The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will recognize National Homebrew Day and its 40th Anniversary on Saturday, May 5 with the AHA Big Brew, a national, same-day homebrewing session and worldwide, simultaneous toast to homebrewing.
To recognize 40 amazing years of homebrew advocacy and the hobby itself, the American Homebrewers Association has organized the AHA Big Brew as an event that will see “hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and homebrew clubs nationwide . . . host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session.” You can get in on the Big Brew action by brewing whatever you want, but the AHA has provided Rocky Raccoon’s Honey Lager and Dusty Mud Irish-style Stout as this year’s official Big Brew recipes. These recipes have been handpicked by Charlie Papazian, a.k.a. the “godfather of homebrewing” and founder of the AHA.
In addition to the nationwide homebrewing session, the AHA is also encouraging all homebrewers and beer lovers to participate in a worldwide, simultaneous toast to homebrewing at noon CDT on May 5.
For more details on the AHA Big Brew, here’s how the American Homebrewers Association breaks down the day’s festivities:
WHEN: All day long! Saturday, May 5. The 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 #BigBrew18.
WHO: Everyone! As long as they’re 21 and over, of course.
WHY: There over 1.1 million homebrewers in the United States, 40 percent of which started homebrewing only within the last four years. AHA Big Brew is a toast to the nation’s homebrewers and their shared love and appreciation for homebrewed beer, mead and cider. In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and so the AHA created AHA Big Brew, held each year on the first Saturday in May, to celebrate National Homebrew Day across the U.S. and globe.
Our nation’s current craft beer culture would not have become a reality without the dedication and dreams of homebrewers, and these folks deserve our encouragement and appreciation. If you are free on Saturday and looking to avoid the Cinco de Mayo and Derby crowds, swing into a local AHA Big Brew event to experience a brew day and raise a glass to the art of homebrewing. Prost!