Big Brew May 4

Thousands of homebrewers will celebrate around the world

Mar 20, 2002 - Thousands of homebrewers around the world will brew thousands of gallons of beer May 4 on National Homebrew Day.


Last year, brewers gathered at 183 brewing sites to celebrate The American Homebrewers Association's Big Brew. The 2,056 registered participants gathered at 183 brewing sites worldwide, making 5,110 gallons of homebrew.

Many of the brewers will use one of two official Big Brew 2002 recipes, but others - as homebrewers are inclined to do - will go their own way. One of the recipes is a Maibock that was formulated by George Fix, a revered figure in the brewing community who died earlier this month. The other is an Old Ale from 2001 AHA Homebrewer of the Year Steve Jones.

Big Brew festivities are designed to celebrate and publicize the homebrewing hobby. Congress officially recognized May 7 as National Homebrew Day in 1988. Today an estimated one million people homebrew in the United States.

The AHA has additional information for those who wish to host and register sites.