Club of the Week: Plymouth Pride Brew Club
Located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Plymouth Pride Brew Club honors the original American homebrewers, the Pilgrims! The club celebrates these brewing pioneers by promoting education, competition and pumpkin beer. Just as the Pilgrims saw beer as a necessity of life, so do the members of Plymouth Pride.
Name: Plymouth Pride Brew Club
Location: Phoenixville and Malvern, Pa.
Website/Social Media: Facebook
Club Motto: “To further the knowledge, education and enjoyment of zymurgy amongst its members.”
Membership Dues: One-time fee of $30
Who we are and how we got started/why we got started:
The Plymouth Pride Brew Club (PPBC) was started by brothers Jay and Mike Berrios. Longtime AHA members and homebrewers, they were looking to start a brew club with members that shared their fascination for the professional brewing industry and its traditions.
Jay and Mike wanted the club to stand for something, so they decided to research homebrewing history. PPBC decided to pay homage to the first homebrewers in America, the Pilgrims.
With a newfound focus, PPBC needed to find members who would share in their pride of some of America's first homebrewers. They soon met their founding members, Adam Davis (who’s family actually came over on the Mayflower) and Tom Lambeth.
The next step was to design club shirts that had both meaning and history. They looked to the Pilgrims for inspiration and found it. The boat on the club shirts not only symbolizes the boat the Pilgrims came to America on, it also symbolizes “the breaking of barriers,” which is what homebrewing is all about. The green color of the shirts represents the bountiful hops that the Pilgrims so desperately needed in The New World. Because of a lack of hops, the Pilgrims were forced to brew with items like acorns, dandelions and spruce tips.
Some would say the Pilgrims were not only the first homebrewers in America, but the first extreme brewers, and also the first professional brewers. One of the first buildings they constructed in their new settlement was a brewery, and the entire colony revolved around it.
Aside from increasing their knowledge of professional brewing, PPBC promotes homebrewing, homebrew competitions, homebrew collaborations and homebrew education. So the next time you have a homebrew, think back and honor those brave pioneers who started brewing in America so many years ago.
Our Club Vibe
We have all types of homebrewers in our club, from the extract brewer to the all grain lager brewer. We have hopheads and stout stars, but the one thing we all have in common is the appreciation for homebrewers who've gone pro. We idolize pioneers like Jim Koch and Ken Grossman who took their hobby to the professional brewing industry.
Our monthly meetings are for members and our supporters. We try to make every meeting a fun event, whether we host a professional brewer or go on a brewery tour. We meet on the last Thursday of each month at the Wegmans in Malvern, Pa.
Our members and supporters purchase beer at Wegman’s beer store and share what we buy during the meeting. At every meeting our president gives a welcome toast, we have a presentation by a professional brewer or club member, followed by a few announcements. Then we have social time that can go as late as Wegmans is open 24 hours a day. We post all our meetings and events on our Facebook page.
We have not hosted a competition yet, but would love too. Since our club beer is the pumpkin beer (in honor of the Pilgrims), we would like our first competition to be a pumpkin beer-only competition around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Almost all of our events revolve around the professional brewing industry. We arrange private brewery tours so that our members can ask those technical, off-the-wall questions that would have the general public’s head spinning. Plus, we like to take the time to learn who the brewers of those professional breweries really are, by learning their homebrewing background.
We also have “Learn to Brew Days” for the public, which are conducted at PPBC member’s homes. Our annual St. Patrick’s day homebrew celebration and Christmas party are two of our most well-attended events of the year.