Last October, the Great American Beer Festival drew more than 60,000 people over a period of three days to sample 3,800 beers from more than 750 breweries. Over 6,600 beers were judged in the Great American Beer Festival competition, and more than 7,600 beers judged in last year’s American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition. Two breweries are opening every day here in the USA.
When asked if he ever foresaw this happening, Charlie Papazian, founder and past president of the AHA and Brewers Association, jovially answered, “Yes, I did foresee this, but only when I drank too much of my own homebrew and started dreaming crazy dreams.”
Many of Charlie’s craziest dreams have become our reality, and as he puts it mildly, “the people of the world want craft beer from homebrewers and small, independent craft brewers.”
In honor of his own enthusiasm about quality beer, beer education, and diversity of beers, Charlie shared his Visionary Mild Brown Ale homebrew recipe that incorporates a relatively new type of crystal malt made by Simpsons Malt. Called Double Roasted Crystal 120°L, it adds a degree of mildly sweet dark caramel along with dark fruit characters.