May/June 2024

The May/June 2024 Zymurgy magazine is now available! Check out featured stories on brewing pioneers, craft and home brewing in Mexico, homebrew club community building, beer hiking in Bavaria, and ciders of France. 

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About Zymurgy

Cover Story

homebrewer Roxanne Westendorf

Brewing Pioneers: Founders, Heroes, and Innovators of the Craft and Homebrew Renaissance

By Charlie Papazian, Roxanne Westendorf, and Sam Calagione

Brewing heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Many go unsung, and it would fill a book to properly recognize them all. In this issue, we take a moment to recognize a few of the founders of our great craft and hobby with their thoughts, reflections, and brewing inspirations.

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AHA Radegast Club of the Year award winners

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Surf the Raddie: Fantastic Activities All Clubs Can Do

What makes your homebrew club awesome? The Hogtown Brewers won the Radegast Club of the Year Award in 2016. Past club president Ron Minkoff leads you through dozens of ideas on raising your club’s game.

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Malt grains in a homebrew shop

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La Cerveza Casera: The Rise of Mexico’s Homebrewing Movement

While its homebrewing movement is about 15 years behind that of the U.S., Mexico is currently enjoying a surge of interest in craft brewing, exploring new styles, and making beer at home with indigenous ingredients.

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Brewer among beer barrels

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Cerveceria Hercules

Luis Gonzalez took inspiration from the great brewing traditions of Europe to found Cerveceria Hercules in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. He and brewer Josh Brengle are leading a new generation of craft fans and fellow brewers.

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Beer with mountains in the background

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Beer Hiking In Bavaria: A Taste of Place

Bavarian beer hiking is the quintessential “slow food” adventure. Seasoned beer traveler Franz D. Hofer leads you over the hills and through the forests of rural Franconia for beautiful views, hearty fare, and of course, delicious Bavarian Beer

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Apples at a cidery

Zymurgy: May/June 2024

Pomme á Cidre: Exploring Regional Ciders of France

Cider, like wine, is an integral part of French culture and has a rich history. Kristen Kuchar discusses the details of its origins, and elaborates on how many traditional methods have been adopted by craft cider makers in the U.S.

Recipes in this Issue

  • Red Door Farmhouse Ale
  • Mexico City Pale Ale
  • Lágermaiz
  • Extra Special Beautiful
  • República
  • Brezn Soft Bavarian Pretzels
  • Mexvleteren
  • Marty’s Hipster Bockbier
  • Wayfarer Landbier
  • Snake in the Grass
  • Red Red Wine

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Dave Carpenter

Dave brewed his first batch in 2009 and started writing about beer soon thereafter. In addition to geeking out on beer and language, Dave enjoys hiking, traveling, and other gerunds as well. Email Dave