One of the longer-running promotions from the American Homebrewers Association, the 19th annual Learn to Homebrew Day (formerly Teach a Friend to Brew Day) is this Saturday, November 3. This year, Eugene’s local homebrew club, the Cascade Brewers Society (of which I’m VP), will hold a public brewing demonstration at ColdFire Brewing on November 3 from 11am to 4pm.
The demonstration will include examples of extract brewing, brew-in-a-bag, all-grain brewing, cidermaking, and bottling. Other members of the homebrew club will be available to talk and answer questions when the demonstrators are busy brewing (which, if you attend, you’ll see is mostly cleaning. Spoiler alert!).
If you’re already a homebrewer, this is a good opportunity to do a few things:
1. Have a beer at ColdFire; see what happens when some people get really good at homebrewing.
2. Get nerdy with other homebrewers
3. See if you might want to join a homebrew club that does things like this
4. See #1
Homebrewing is the reason there are something like 6,500 craft breweries in the country now (up from, like, a dozen 35 years ago). It’s why we have hazy IPA and crazy stouts and all sorts of things that are barely catching on in other countries. Homebrewing is why the U.S. has a brewing identity.
Even if you’re not interested in taking up the hobby, it is worth it to see the different processes used, keeping in mind that many homebrewers make beer of equal caliber (and sometimes better… sometimes not) to that of commercial breweries.
You can RSVP at the Facebook event here.
(Image from hombrewersassociation.org)