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National Learn to Homebrew Day is Saturday. Who’s in?

homebrewers_01We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there would be no American craft beer revolution without home brewers. Starting with scribes Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhardt, and continuing with former homebrewer legends like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, the seeds of the craft scene were planted by DIY’ers who dared to make beer in their kitchens first and then either show us how to do it in print or go on to form successful brewing companies themselves.

Messy? Yep. Tricky? Can be. Super fun? Beyond a shadow of a doubt. Not only is homebrewing incredibly interesting and informative, offering a first-person, detailed look into what makes beer so good, it’s also a blast. At least, it should be. “Relax, have a homebrew,” has always been Papazian’s motto, and it makes a lot of sense. You’re not splitting the atom. You’re making delicious beer. If you’re not smiling, you’re doing it wrong.

All of which is why we’re stoked that this Saturday, November 1st, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates the 15th annual Learn to Homebrew Day, which is based on the shocking premise that homebrewers ought to be able to entice friends and family to sample and learn about the craft through beer making, demonstrations, tastings and other educational efforts.

Members (or newbies even) can set up their own event, register it online, invite friends and host beer making shindigs at home. This year, over 300 events are expected to take place at homes, homebrew shops, breweries and club gatherings both in the U.S. (and abroad, no kidding).

Are you a homebrewer? What was your first batch like? Tell us below.

And read on for more on what the AHA is providing to help you fire up the kettles... and never look back.

The AHA offers a variety of tools to help people of all skill levels begin brewing:

Let’s Brew: Replete with brewing tutorials, tips on making better beer and tasty recipes.
Zymurgy: An Introduction to Homebrewing: Request copies of the AHA’s guide for the new brewer, or access it online.
Homebrewopedia: A wiki-style website containing an extensive library of recipes, a glossary of brewing terms, homebrew club resources and much more.

Photo Credit: American Homebrewers Association

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