At a fundamental level, beer has always been about bringing people together. Whether you’re brewing it or drinking it (or both), there’s a good chance you’re not doing it alone.
What better way to embody this tradition than to participate in one of many American Homebrewers Association (AHA) annual Big Brew events on May 2, which encourage homebrewers to gather and brew together.
Events are planned across the country and a complete listing can be found on the AHA’s website. Below are the events taking place in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Pre-registration is often required and many events include access to professional brewers, free beer and/or brewing ingredients and more, so click the links below to find more information on individual events.
- Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 3rd St., Excelsior, Minnesota, 9am–4pm
- Lucid Brewing Company, 6020 Culligan Way, Minnetonka, Minnesota, beginning at 8am
- Still H2O Homebrewing Supply Store, 1266 Frontage Road W., Stillwater, Minnesota, 10am–4pm
- Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, Minnesota, 9am–4pm
- Boreal Brewers Homebrew Club at Zorbaz on Pokegama Lake, 32946 Crystal Springs Rd., Grand Rapids, Minnesota, beginning at 11am
- SMASH Club at Brau Bros. Brewing Company, 1010 E Southview Dr Marshall, Minnesota
- Upstream Homebrewers, Bemidji, Minnesota, beginning at 11 am
- Menomonie Homebrew Club at Beverage Artisan Homebrew Supply Store, 310 Wilson Ave. W, Menomonie, Wisconsin, 10am–4pm
- MeyerBeck Homebrewery, 3375 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Point Brew Supply Store, 3038 Village Park Dr., Plover, Wisconsin, 9am–5pm
- The Milwaukee Beer Society at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 11am–5pm
- The Wine and Hop Shop, 1931 Monroe St., Madison, Wisconsin, beginning at 11am
- The Ames Brewers League at Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave., Ames, Iowa, beginning at 9 am
- Confluence Brewing Company, 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Suite A, Des Moines, Iowa
- Cedar Rapids Beer Nuts at Benz Beverage Depot, 501 7th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 10am–3pm
- Dubuque Area Society Of Brewers at Bluff St. Brew Haus, 372 Bluff Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 11am–4pm
- River’s Edge Fermentation Society 24 Hour Brew-a-thon, 2807 Davenport Ave., Davenport, Iowa, 12am, May 2 – 12 am, May 3