If there wasn’t enough to celebrate on May 5 between Cinco de Mayo and the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday is also the worldwide celebration of the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) National Homebrew Day.
In 1988, May 7 was declared before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and to toast to this blessed beer day, AHA created Big Brew Day, taking place each year on the first Saturday in May.
Throughout the day on May 5, hundreds of bars, breweries, homebrew shops, clubs, and backyards will host their local craft communities to brew on-site for a national homebrewing get-together. As the clock strikes noon CDT, homebrewers are encouraged to raise their glass in a global, simultaneous toast, salud, prost, cheers. This year’s official Big Brew Day recipes—Rocky Raccoon’s Honey Lager and Dusty Mud Irish-Style Stout—were handpicked by Charlie Papazian, founder of the AHA.
Homebrewers in the Twin Cities area can head to Stillwater for Lift Bridge Brewing’s soiree happening from noon to 6pm. Lift Bridge is inviting 30 homebrewers into brewhouse to brew a batch of honey lager together. Those who register beforehand will be able to take home a sweet deal—five gallons of wort to ferment, brewed by head brewer Mike Connelly. Plus, at 1pm and 3pm, there will be public educational talks.
In Big Lake, homebrew club River City Brewers is taking over Lupulin’s brewery from noon to 6pm as well for a Big Brew Day party. In addition, the club will be setting up in the parking lot for a group brew. This is a great opportunity for non-brewers to speak with active homebrewers and learn about what the homebrew club is all about.
Grand Rapids is gearing up for a grand brew day, as Boreal Brewers and Klockow Brewing are joining forces, starting at 11am. All are invited to stop by and watch, as the homebrew club will set up outside the brewery and demonstrate various brewing techniques.
Find more AHA Big Brew Day events around the country and internationally at the organization’s website.