Much of our readership already homebrews. Hell, most of our readership brews commercially, so Nov. 7 is more about growing our collective brewing community. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates the 16th annual Learn to Homebrew Day on Nov. 7, and it’s a great opportunity for homebrewers and professional brewers to draft their non-brewer friends and family to learn all about the hobby. Hundreds of fun, educational events are held at homes, breweries, shops and clubs worldwide.
This year, AHA Learn to Homebrew Day — which expects over 300 local celebrations in the U.S. and abroad — is even supported by celebrities of sorts — actor Wil Wheaton, known for his roles in Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory, and musician Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboard player for rock/jam band The String Cheese Incident. Both Wheaton and Hollingsworth are avid, longtime homebrewers.
“Homebrewing is easier than you think, and when you’re finished you have beer,” said Wheaton. “The communities of homebrewers in the AHA are friendly, welcoming, and supportive, always willing to share their vast knowledge with new and experienced brewers alike. Join us on AHA Learn to Homebrew Day, and you’ll discover, like I did, that homebrewing is the most rewarding hobby. And did I mention that it comes with beer?”
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.
- AHA Forum: Ask and answer various questions on homebrewing from the members of AHA community.
“As both Wil and Kyle can attest, not only is homebrewing extremely gratifying — it’s also super delicious. It’s a hobby that’s easy for anyone to get involved in,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “The AHA, which organizes Learn to Homebrew Day, offers a community and breadth of resources that are very welcoming to budding brewers.”
Learn to Homebrew Day was started in 1999 by the AHA to promote homebrewing education in America. The event has now expanded globally, with people participating and hosting their own events around the world. To be part of the celebration, find an event nearby or register your own.