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Pimp My System / Hey Homebrew Pimps!
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:44:44 PM »
Hey Homebrewers,

Anyone got some sweet setup that you would like to feature?

We are always looking for new innovative systems for our website, so don't hesitate to show off your hard work!

Homebrewer Bios / Next Brewer of the Week???
« on: August 11, 2011, 03:44:17 PM »
Hey all!

Does anyone have any brewer buddies they'd like to nominate for Brewer of the Week?  Feel free to nominate whomever you think we should all hear about!  It could even be you! ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / How Can I Help: Beer No Evil Episode
« on: August 02, 2011, 08:54:29 PM »
Hey all!

Check out this cool video about how homebrewers and professional brewers can make the brewing process more sustainable. This video focuses on water and energy conservation methods!  Neat stuff! 

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC 2011 - Lost and Found
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:19:46 PM »
Hey homebrewers and conference attendees!

We have several items of clothing and a book that were left at the NHC.  If you have lost anything please let me know and we will try to get your possessions back to you asap.

If you can elaborate on any of these items, email me at and we'll get your stuff sent out!

We have 4 hoodies/sweatshirts.  If one belongs to you, please tell me the color/size/brand/what is on it.

For the book, what was the name of the book/your name/something distinguishing about the book.

Hopefully we can get some of the items returned to their owners.

Thanks all!

General Homebrew Discussion / MEAD DAY!!!
« on: August 02, 2011, 03:56:02 PM »
Hey homebrewers!

Just a friendly reminder that Mead Day is this Saturday, August 6th, 2011!  There's tons of great information and recipes available through  I've also got a few sweet links for everybody to check out!

A great featured story giving you the whole Mead Day run down can be found here:

For the official Mead Day recipes, and also past Mead Day recipes you can follow this link:

Here's another recipe link to our homebrewopedia. This has a great selection of mead recipes. If you haven't checked this out for other recipes as well, you should give it a look.  There's an incredible amount of quality recipes located in the homebrewopoedia. This link will guide you specifically to mead recipes:

This link will guide you to another AHA forum thread with state specific brew site information: 

So get ready! Call up some friends and family, or check out a brew site and make some new friends!  If any other useful links or information pop into my head I will surely post them.  Also, if you have any questions feel free to post them!

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Commemorative T-shirts
« on: July 06, 2011, 09:38:36 PM »
Ask yourself these questions:

    * Did you attend the AHA's National Homebrew Conference?
    * Did you have an awesome time?
    * Did you enjoy so much great beer that you forgot to get your souvenir for the experience?

Don't you worry because there are still t-shirts available. These shirts, provided by the San Diego local committee, are an awesome souvenir to remind you of how much fun you had at the largest AHA Conference ever!

Please visit for more information and to purchase yours before they're all gone!

General Homebrew Discussion / Zymurgy's 2011 Best Beers in America
« on: June 30, 2011, 06:24:57 PM »
The results are in! Each of the past nine years, we've asked Zymurgy readers to give us a list of their 20 favorite beers. The only rule is that the beer has to be commercially available somewhere in the United States. A record number of votes were cast this year, with 1,306 different beers from 433 breweries represented in the poll.
Top-Ranked Beers

For 2011, we have a three-peat! Russian River's Pliny the Elder, a double IPA, claimed the top spot for the third straight year. Finishing second for the second straight year was Bell's Two Hearted Ale, an IPA. (T indicates tie)
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
T3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
T3. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
5. Bell’s Hopslam
6. Stone Arrogant Bastard
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
T8. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
T8. Stone Ruination
10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
11. Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
12. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
13. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
T14. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
T14. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
T16. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
T16. New Glarus Belgian Red
18. North Coast Old Rasputin
19. Bell’s Expedition Stout
T20. Deschutes The Abyss
T20. Left Hand Milk Stout
T20. Odell IPA
T20. Samuel Adams Noble Pils
T20. Surly Furious
T20. Troegs Nugget Nectar
T26. Rogue Dead Guy Ale
T26. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
28. Anchor Steam
T29. Bear Republic Racer 5
T29. Ommegang Three Philosophers
T29. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
T29. Three Floyds Alpha King
T29. Three Floyds Dark Lord
T34. Avery Maharaja
T34. Dogfish Head Indian Brown
T34. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
T34. Three Floyds Gumballhead
T38. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
T38. Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
T38. New Belgium La Folie
T38. New Belgium Ranger
T38. Oskar Blues Old Chub
T43. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
T43. Great Divide Yeti
T43. New Belgium 1554
T43. Russian River Blind Pig
T43. Ska Modus Hoperandi
T48. Alesmith Speedway Stout
T48. Dark Horse Crooked Tree
T48. Green Flash West Coast IPA
T48. Summit EPA
T48. Victory Prima Pils

Brewery Rankings

Brewery rankings are based on total votes received by each brewery's beers. This year's top brewery, by a landslide, is Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. Dogfish Head placed five beers in the top 50 in the poll.
1. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
2. Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.
4. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.
5. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
6. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
7. New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
8. Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams), Boston, Mass.
9. Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, Ind.
10. Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.
11. Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, Ill.
T12. Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, Calif.
T12. New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, Wis.
14. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
15. Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio
16. Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
17. Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.
18. Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, Colo.
19. Victory Brewing Co., Downington, Pa.
20. Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, Minn.
21. Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.
22. Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.
T23. Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
T23. North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, Calif.
T24. Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, Calif.
T24. Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.
Best Portfolio

We also tabulated which breweries had the most brands in the voting. That honor also went to Dogfish Head with 28 of its brews getting votes.
1. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 28 beers
2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 23 beers
T3. Avery Brewing Co., 18 beers
T3. Goose Island Beer Co., 18 beers
T3. Lagunitas Brewing Co., 18 beers
T3. Boston Beer Co./Samuel Adams, 18 beers
7. Bell's Brewery, 17 beers
T8. Founders Brewing Co., 15 beers
T8. Great Divide Brewing Co., 15 beers
T8. Southern Tier Brewing Co., 15 beers
T11. Brooklyn Brewery, 14 beers
T11. Odell Brewing Co., 14 beers
T11. Rogue Ales, 14 beers
T14. New Belgium Brewing Co., 13 beers
T14. Russian River Brewing Co., 13 beers
T14. Stone Brewing Co., 13 beers
T17. Deschutes Brewery, 12 beers
T17. Three Floyds Brewing Co., 12 beers
T19. Boulevard Brewing Co., 11 beers
T19. Dark Horse Brewing Co., 11 beers
T19. New Glarus Brewing Co., 11 beers
T22. Alpine Beer Co., 10 beers
T22. AleSmith Brewing Co., 10 beers
T22. Great Lakes Brewing Co., 10 beers
T25. Cigar City Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. Firestone Walker Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. Flying Dog Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. Harpoon Brewery, 9 beers
T25. The Lost Abbey, 9 beers
T25. Shorts Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. Ska Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. Sprecher Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. Summit Brewing Co., 9 beers
T25. The Bruery, 9 beers

Top Imports

1. Rodenbach Grand Cru, Belgium
T2. Fullers ESB, England
T2. Guinness, Ireland
T2. Rochefort 10, Belgium
T5. Duvel, Belgium
T5. Saison Dupont, Belgium
T5. St. Bernardus Abt 12, Belgium
T8. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Germany
T8. Cantillon Gueuze, Belgium
T8. Chimay Grande Reserve, Belgium
T8. Orval, Belgium
T8. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown, England
T8. Unibroue La Fin du Monde, Canada

Spirit of Homebrew

Once again, we raise a glass to those breweries that, though small in production, score high with beer lovers. We determine the Spirit of Homebrew Award by taking a brewery's total number of votes and dividing it by the brewery's annual production in number of barrels.
1. Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, Calif
2. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
3. AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.
4. The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.
5. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, Mich.

American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members have exclusive access to some of the most knowledgeable experts on beer and brewing for their brewing questions. This week, it's Sean Paxton.

All AHA members who register on and link their membership to their registration can access the posted questions and responses from our guest experts right here.

Sean Z. Paxton is the Executive Chef and Owner of, where he creates, cooks and serves multiple course menus highlighting beer as an essential ingredient.  He writes for Beer Advocate Magazine, DRAFT Magazine and is a guest author for variety of other food and beer magazines.  Sean hosts a monthly podcast “The Home Brewed Chef” on The Brewing Network and shares with listeners’ philosophies, techniques and ideas for cooking and pairing with beer. His travels take him to breweries throughout the US and Europe where he utilizes his beer and flavor knowledge to collaborate with craft brewers to create beer recipes used typically for specialty events and releases.

Read the answers to Ask the Experts: Sean Paxton here:

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Final Round Entries
« on: May 27, 2011, 06:12:28 PM »
Congratulations to the winners of the first round of the the AHA National Homebrew Competition (NHC)!

Now it's on to the final round. Final round entries are due June 6, 2011.

Entries Must Arrive By 5pm, June 6th
    * For details about the competition, please see the  2011 NHC Rules & Regulations.
    * Reference the information in the NHC winner's packet for specific shipping details.
    * Entrants who qualified for the Final Round must complete the Recipe Submission no later than June 15th.

First Round Winners
The first round winners for the 2011 competition are posted on NHC Winners.

Final Round Judging
The Final Round judging takes place on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the National Homebrewers Conference held in San Diego, CA. The brewers of the winning entries in the NHC Final Round are awarded medals and fabulous prizes at the Grand Banquet & Award Ceremony on Saturday evening of the conference.

Good Luck!

Thanks to everyone who entered the NHC this year!  All 9 U.S. competitions reached the 750 paid entry maximum almost a week before the entry deadline; an astonishing feat that makes this competition the largest beer competition in the world by a landslide!

In order to be fair to all entrants of the National Homebrew Competition, the winners lists for all 10 competitions will be posted simultaneously.  Two competitions just completed their judging on Saturday, April 30th, so look for the Winners Lists soon.

The AHA sends a huge THANK YOU out to all of the volunteers who ran the First Round competitions.  This competition wouldn't be possible without the time, effort, dedication and sacrifice of the First Round Organizers, Judge Coordinators, and competition staff!  Possibly more importantly, the AHA thanks all of their spouses and families for their patience and understanding during March and April.  Thanks also to all of the judges and stewards who volunteered at the competitions.  HOMEBREWERS ROCK!

General Homebrew Discussion / Rob Briscoe Wins GABF Giveaway!
« on: December 13, 2010, 08:50:08 PM »
Congratulations to Rob Briscoe of Rio Rancho, NM, the lucky winner of the 2011 GABF ticket giveaway! Rob will receive airfare for two, three nights of hotel accommodations, and two all-session passes for next year's Great American Beer Festival. Rob was randomly drawn from all registered users on the website. Way to go, Rob!

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