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Wynkoop Releases AHA Hopped Beer

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 AM, Wynkoop Brewing Company is releasing a specal beer made in conjunction with the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). Wynkoop is Colorado's first brewpub and founded by CO Governor John Hickenlooper.

The beer -- Collective Hoppiness -- is a unique continuously hopped beer Wynkoop brewed during the American Homebrewers Association membership rally that Wynkoop  hosted on November 12, 2012.

The beer's hop additions were carried out over a 90-minute period by local members of the AHA, and 210 members participated in the hopping of the beer.

wynkoop2Wynkoop describes the beer as "an unctuous imperial red ale made with premium two-row base malt, small amounts of rye, aromatic malts and flaked oats, and five kinds of hops (Summit, Cascade Sorachi Ace, Amarillo and Columbus). All fermented with an English ale yeast. Ultra hoppy from start to finish, the beer finished at 8% ABV and has approximately 100 IBUs."

AHA members who buy the beer and flash their membership card receive a complimentary, limited-edition Wynkoop & AHA logoed pint glass with their purchase of the beer.

"Hosting local members of the AHA," says Wynkoop's Marty Jones, "that's welcoming our dream audience. These are people that love small-batch beer as much as we do, they are as beer-passionate as we are."

"Plus," Jones adds, "we owe our start down the road of craft beer to the AHA. We're disciples of Charlie Papazian. We learned to brew reading his books and Zymurgy. For many of us, in our early beer-discovery days the only way to get full-flavored beer was to make it yourself. So hosting the AHA membership rally allowed us to repay a debt and say 'thanks' to an organization that we treasure."

Here's a link to the story:

General Homebrew Discussion / Happy Birthday AHA!
« on: December 07, 2011, 08:48:36 PM »
Today we have a very special birthday, guess who? It's us! Happy Birthday American Homebrewers Association!

It's our thirty-third birthday today, no presents necessary! Instead, just raise a pint of homebrew and cheers to thirty-three years of the great art of homebrewing! Feel free to make a toast too of course if you're the eloquent type.


Find our story here:

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Rally at Cigar City Tomorrow Dec 7
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:00:17 PM »
Hey Brewers!

Tomorrow, Dec 7, we are holding an AHA Rally at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa! Here are the specifics:

Time: 6:30-9 pm
Rally Host: Cigar City Brewing
Address: 3924 W Spruce St Ste A, Tampa, FL, 33607

    Meet our special guest: Charlie Papazian
    Meet Cigar City staff & the AHA's Steve Parr
    Check out the Cigar City Brewery.
    An opportunity to mingle with local  homebrewers.
    Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Cigar City!

RSVP NOW, space is limited:

Events / AHA Rally at Cigar City Dec 7
« on: December 06, 2011, 07:21:36 PM »
Hey Brewers!

Tomorrow, Dec 7, we are holding an AHA Rally at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa! This homebrewing rally will include:

Meet our special guest: Charlie Papazian
Meet Cigar City staff & the AHA's Steve Parr
Check out the Cigar City Brewery.
An opportunity to mingle with local  homebrewers.
Chance to win great prizes from the AHA and Cigar City!
And of course tons of beer...

RSVP online before space fills up here:

General Homebrew Discussion / New AHA Story Posted
« on: November 09, 2011, 08:36:05 PM »
Hey Homebrewers!

The AHA has posted a new story about the the History of Homebrewing! :o

"In the beginning, there was beer. It was good. Well, maybe not that good, and maybe not quite at the beginning, but there are some who argue that agriculture and civilization came about because people wanted beer."...

Read the rest here:

Dan the Intern

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!

Pimp My System / Re: PMS question
« on: October 11, 2011, 07:48:00 PM »
Kitchen Sink Beer, what a great story.

I cant believe they actually went from the basement, through the ceiling, and into the sink from below!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts - Patrick Rue
« on: September 15, 2011, 09:25:43 PM »
Hey All,

The answers are posted!  You can read the whole Q & A here: Enjoy!

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 / Re: MEAD DAY!!!
« on: August 04, 2011, 07:51:56 PM »
Just another reminder Mead Day is approaching!

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.

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