Big Brew for National Homebrew Day

2014 Big Brew Recap

  • Events: 437
  • Participants: 8,000
  • Batches Made: 2,200
  • Gallons Brewed: 17,550
  • Participating States: 49
  • Participating Countries: 14

Mark your calendars for next year’s Big Brew on May 2, 2015!

Registration is Now Closed

May 3, 2014

Celebrate National Homebrew Day

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

Anyone, even homebrew shops, can host and register a Big Brew event, so invite your friends and family, gather around the brew kettle and join in the global celebration of the greatest hobby there is—homebrewing!

2014 Official Recipes

Big Brew for National Homebrew Day

In anticipation of the 2014 National Homebrew Competition, the 2014 Big Brew Recipes are all gold medal winners from last year’s competition in BJCP categories 10- Pale Ale, 13- Stout, and 4- Dark Lager.

Regal Pale Ale – All Grain

Regal Pale Ale – Extract

Heath and Eileen Haynes won category 10 in last year’s National Homebrew Competition for their Regal Pale Ale, a beer that Heath was inspired to brew while stopping in the Naples Restaurant to order a Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers on a trip to Disney World several years ago.

Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout – All Grain

Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout – Extract

Pat Craddock grew his own Chinook and East Kent Goldings hops to brew this recipe for an Imperial Stout. Pat notes that any Phish fans out there will know where the inspiration for the name of the beer comes from!

Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier – All Grain

Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier – Extract

Jeffrey Lewis took home the gold medal in the 2013 National Homebrew Competition for this stellar recipe for Schwarzbier, which is a German dark lager. Schwarzbier has never made an appearance as a recipe for Big Brew in the past, and the AHA is proud to highlight this exciting style to homebrewers around the world!

Celebrate Big Brew in 2014

Don’t Miss the Simultaneous Toast noon CDT on May 3, 2014!

Spread the Joy

  • Promotional materials: if you are hosting a Big Brew event that is open to the public, use the AHA’s downloadable promotional materials to help spread the word about your gathering.
  • Let’s Brew: explore this section for 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.
  • Homebrewopedia: a wiki-style resource containing a large library of recipes, a glossary of brewing terms, homebrew club resources and much more!
  • AHA store: pick up the latest homebrewing books or issues of Zymurgy magazine.

Share the Experience

Be sure to share your stories, pictures and videos from Big Brew on the AHA’s Facebook and Twitter. Tag your posts with #BigBrew.

If you enjoyed your Big Brew experience, join the AHA and participate in our other events!

Contact Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator | 303.447.0816 x 184 or 1.888.822.6273 x 184 |