Minnesota Homebrewer Spotlight, Part 2: Steve Fletty

When Homebrew Con 2017 rolls into Minneapolis next week, beer will not be the only home-fermented beverage taking the spotlight. For years now, Minnesota has been well-known (and highly awarded) for its amazing meads and amateur meadmakers. Often referred to as “honey wine,” mead is a strong, fermented beverage—usually between 10–17% ABV—made from a solution … [ Read more]

Minnesota Homebrewer Spotlight, Part 1: ‘Bad Ass’ Bryon Adams

As the Twin Cities gear up to host Homebrew Con 2017, the mother of all homebrew parties, at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 15–17, The Growler is spotlighting three local homebrewers that we think are pretty bad ass. And in the case of our first profile, we mean it literally. Meet “Bad Ass” Bryon Adams of Brooklyn Park. … [ Read more]

Minnesota: The State of Homebrewing

The eyes of the homebrewing universe will be on the Twin Cities in mid-June, and many of its citizens will pour into our hometown to celebrate their community and culture. Homebrew Con, the world’s largest annual gathering of homebrewers, will host its official conference events at Minneapolis Convention Center from June 15–17. Other beer-focused activities … [ Read more]

New app, Brew Guru, is your mobile path to craft beer

Move over, Pokémon GO. The American Homebrewers Association has released Brew Guru, a new mobile app that locates nearby breweries, pubs, and homebrew supply stores, and delivers  information, homebrew recipes, and money-saving deals to users. “With Brew Guru, we’re helping beer lovers and amateur brewers do beer better. Users’ palates and wallets will benefit greatly … [ Read more]

Top homebrewers awarded at Homebrew Con 2016

The American Homebrewers Association hosted 3,000 homebrewers at its three-day conference and competition, Homebrew Con, in Baltimore from June 9–11. Homebrew Con culminated on June 11 with the AHA National Homebrew Competition, which saw 7,962 entries from 3,396 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 13 other countries. The first competition, held in 1979 in … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge, North Loop, & more hosting events Saturday for Homebrewers Assoc. Big Brew

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day and this year Big Brew falls on Saturday, May 7. Throughout the day, hundreds of bars, breweries, homebrew shops, and homebrew clubs across the country and … [ Read more]

Homebrewers, assemble! Homebrew Con 2016 is June 9–11

The 38th Annual National Homebrewers Conference, which has a snappy, new name this year—Homebrew Con 2016—is heading to Baltimore, Maryland, June 9–11. The conference, “a three-day extravaganza of homebrewing culture, companionship and competition,” is hosted by the American Homebrewers Association and features interactive seminars, workshops, and demonstrations designed for homebrewers and beer enthusiasts of every level. The … [ Read more]

New research finds homebrewers may be able to predict the future

According to a recent study, homebrewers can predict the future. OK, maybe your homebrewing buddy isn’t a mystic seer, but a high number of homebrewers in a state might foretell a surge in new breweries, says Brewers Association chief economist Dr. Bart Watson. After looking at the 6,906 entries from the 2011 National Homebrew Competition … [ Read more]

Homebrew with experimental hop, help fight ALS

Northern Brewer’s new homebrew kit, The Luckiest Man Pale Ale, is a beer on a mission. For every kit sold, Northern Brewer will donate $10.50 toward research aimed at finding a permanent cure for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The name of the beer is a nod to Gehrig’s famous “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” … [ Read more]

American Homebrewers Association Rally is Sunday at Surly

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is hosting a rally this Sunday, July 19, from 2–7pm at Surly Brewing Company, and several attendees will walk away with five gallons of Surly wort to ferment and experiment with at home. AHA rallies are meant to give AHA members an inside look at local breweries and provide homebrew and beer … [ Read more]

AHA Big Brew Events in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa

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 … [ Read more]

Keeping the Dream Alive with Jake Keeler

In this Artist Profile, The Growler gets inside the mind of Twin Cities multimedia artist Jake Keeler. by Joseph Alton Name: Jake Keeler Website: www.20acrecarcass.com Growler: Tell us something strange about yourself? Jake Keeler: Not so much strange, but perhaps interesting to Growler readers: I’m the Chair of the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee, and … [ Read more]