Cass River Homebrew Club Celebrates 35 Years

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Cass River Homebrew Club 2023

By Julia Herz, American Homebrewers Association Executive Director

Cass River Homebrew Club has been a beacon of homebrewing excellence for 35 years.

Founded in 1988 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, by the brewers of the Cass River Brewing Company, Fred Sheer and Fred Schumacher, and homebrewers Bill Eisenhauer, Jeff Hervert, and Scott Wenzel.

The club currently boasts approximately 40 active members and meets at Tri-City Brewing Company in Bay City, MI.

The club holds a significant place in the history of homebrewing. They are reported to be the second-oldest club in the State of Michigan and one of the longest-standing clubs in the U.S.

The club is committed to public education on homebrewing, the value of entering homebrewing competitions, training future beer judges, hosting numerous public and charitable events, and supporting its members in their brewing endeavors.

Club members have garnered acclaim for medal-winning homebrew from esteemed competitions, including the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition, the Michigan State Fair, and the Michigan Beer Cup.

Club members are also engaged in efforts beyond Michigan, including being an AHA-sanctioned club and a part of the world’s most robust club community.

They show responsibility by having a club code of conduct and participating in the AHA Insurance Program.

The AHA recognizes Cass River Homebrew Club for its lengthy tenure, leadership in education,  and contributions to the art of homebrewing.

We commend the Cass River Homebrew Club for its dedication to the hobby of fermentation and its celebration of 35 years of cultivating community over homebrew.

And a tip of my beer glass to club president Lori Kula and her fellow club officers showing what volunteer leadership in homebrewing is all about.

Cheers to 35 amazing years of the Cass River Homebrew Club and many, many more.

All photos from the Cass River Homebrew Club.

The original Cass River Brewery circa 1880s
The original Cass River Brewery in Frankenmuth, Michigan (ca. 1880s)
Cass River Homebrew Club meeting in the 1990s
An early group photo of Cass River Homebrew Club members (ca. early 1990s)
Cass River Homebrew Club dinner party in the 1990s
Cass River Homebrew Club dinner party, including guests Michael Jackson and Fred Eckhardt.
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