National Homebrew Day
National Homebrew Day is observed next on Saturday, May 4th, 2024 (153 days from today).
National Homebrew Day on the first Saturday of every May is commemorated to show the gratitude of the long tradition of homebrew.
National Homebrew Day is an annual event initiated by the Homebrew Association of America to celebrate the art of craft beer. This is an opportunity for members to share and learn new brewing techniques from the annual brewing event that the company organizes to observe during the day. National Homebrew Day is a special day to bring home brewers and craft drink enthusiasts together in the world of homebrew.
History of National Homebrew Day
National Homebrew Day was first observed on May 7, 1988, after the United States Congress declared the date National Homebrew Day. To celebrate that occasion, the Home Brewers Association of America created what is now known as the official event marking the day's celebration; Big Brew event. National Homebrew Day occurs the first Saturday of May separating for home brewers across the United States and the world participating in homebrew demos and experimenting with new recipes.
Beer and other beverages have been brewed in the country for centuries, starting in Neolithic times in present-day Iraq, Egypt, and China. Although it was not until 1857, when the French microbiologist Louis Pasteur explained the role of yeast in beer fermentation, it was widely produced and sold around the world.
So much so that the number of people desiring it in the united states caused a nationwide ban on the manufacture, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933 due to a Government-led aims to heal what they believe are social ills affected by alcohol-related problems such as alcoholism, domestic violence, and pub-based political corruption.
It was until October 14th, 1978 that President Jimmy Carter signed the bill H.R. 1337 became law to help home-brewed beer free from federal taxes becoming legal for the first time since it was banned in 1920.
The law also started a period of interest in the art of home brewing, which resulted in many different varieties of home brewers, some keeping long-standing traditions and some pushing for taste and experimentation.
Why National Homebrew Day?
Since it was banned in the 1920s, it wasn't until 1978 when home brewing was tax-free and legalized by President Jimmy Carter. Homebrew is one of the leading hobbies of almost people in the country and National Homebrew Day is a holiday for it. The Home Brewers Association of America gathers many home brewers on National Homebrew Day with a contest among them to craft some of the best and most highly rated beer recipes.
Surprisingly there are so many home brewers, each with their own style and recipes. Some natives stick to the glorified traditions of olden times while others enjoy experimenting with flavors and gaining an edge in the making. With the main ingredients such as barley, yeast and hops, as well as a home brewer's favorite ingredient make for a delicious beer on National Homebrew Day. Moreover, there are also lagers, mead, cider, ale. With a lot of variety and available styles, the art of homebrew would be appreciated and so is today.
Some interesting truths about National Homebrew Day
- Beer is a Slavic word meaning "to drink". Originally, the word “beer” means a drink.
- There has been evidence such as chemical residues found in Iran dating from 3500-2900 BC pointing to the brewing of beer since ancient times. With some written evidences, the same thing can be found in the writings of Greek Xenophon from the early 5th century BC.
- Brewmeister created Snake Venom, the most powerful thing in the world. At nearly 67.5% strength, this beer was created in 2017.
- Emil Christian Hansen is voted as the creator of the quality of beer production. He had got the purest yeast in 1881 and the technology of Hansen has continued to produce even today improving the quality of the beer produced.
- Sprouted rice and rice along with the fruit were used to brew beer in ancient China.
- The process of making non-alcoholic beer is complex as it involves removing the fermentation or removing the alcohol from the final product.
- There is the largest museum dedicated to beer and beer making in Altenburg in Germany.
- Anheuser-Busch Inbev is the world's largest brewer with more than 400 brands in more than 50 countries. Some brands from the Belgian group include the leading names such as Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Hoegaarden, Leffe, and more.
- The Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Lithuania and Germany are five countries leading for beer consumption as of 2017.
- Lager is the most popular beer with over 80% of worldwide consumption among other beers.
Why National Homebrew Day be loved
- It celebrates a long-standing hometown tradition
National Homebrew Day is an important day to celebrate the long-standing culture of home-brewing beers and other beverages. As far as you know, each person has a homebrew way due to different hobbies. For some, it's to avoid the higher cost of purchasing the equivalent beverage. For others, it is the freedom to tailor recipes to one's taste.
- It creates a special method to learn new techniques
Accordingly, one of the goals of the annual #BigBrew event that the Association of American Brewers organizes is to provide an opportunity for the community of new and more experienced craft beer enthusiasts to share and learn new brewing techniques. The event aims to introduce attendees to the latest in the world of home cooking.
- It exposes people to new technology
One of the advantages of an event like the annual #BigBrew event is that it gives craftsmen access to newer technologies to get the job done along with techniques. According to the Home Brewers Association of America, people who organize National Brewers Day as a way to commemorate the tradition of homebrew.
How to celebrate National Homebrew Day
- Buy or make home-brewed beer
To commemorate National Homebrew Day interestingly, let enjoy your own homebrew or brew a custom brew with your favorite brewing ingredients. You can get more knowledge about it through the website of American Association of Home Brewers. Once you have achieved a magic thing, do not hesitate holding a small party to share the fruits of your craft with your friends or your relatives.
- Fulfill AHA's Commitments
Join the Big Brew Pledge that comes with the American Brewers Association's annual brewing event and commit to attending. Big Brew is an official event of American Home Brewers Association to commemorate National Homebrew Day. Join the brewing event
The annual #BigBrew event organized by the American Brewers Association offers a very rare opportunity for brewers to come together to share and learn from each other. It is very interesting for you to take part in if you are a brewer or interested in homebrew. The association encourages participants to post #BigBrew photos on social media, tag @HomebrewAssoc and use #NationalHomebrewDay to post on social media.
ObservedNational Homebrew Day has been observed the first Saturday in May.
Saturday, May 7th, 2022
Saturday, May 6th, 2023
Saturday, May 4th, 2024
Saturday, May 3rd, 2025
Saturday, May 2nd, 2026