The first Saturday of May each year has been designated as Homebrew Day around the world.
According to the American Homebrewer’s Association, there are more than 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States. With one in every 200 adults in the U.S. now crafting their own beer, homebrewing has become one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies.
On last year’s Big Brew Day, 8,000 participants from 49 states and 14 countries brewed 2,200 batches of beer, yielding 17,550 gallons at 437 events.
This year, there will be at least two events in the Michiana area on Big Brew Day, which is this Saturday, May 2.
MEGA (Michiana Extract and Grain Association) will be brewing in the parking lot of Crooked Ewe Ale House in South Bend. This will be a combination group brewing event and celebration of homebrew, and they will be brewing a pale ale.
Adam Meyer from MEGA and Aaron Goldstein of Michiana Brewer’s Supply had an interview on WSBT about the event. Crooked Ewe will also be serving some of its beers during the event as a sneak peek, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Goshen Homebrew Club has received approval to brew in front of DIY Coffee and Ale Supply. They will begin brewing around 9 a.m. at 114 East Washington St. and will have samples of homebrew available.
Big Brew Day brings together thousands of homebrewers from around the world, all brewing the same beers simultaneously. This year’s styles include Columbus Pale Ale, Old School Barleywine and Killer Kolsch.
If you have ever been curious about homebrewing, but just haven’t gotten around to it, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved and see it in action.
Then, at 1 p.m. (noon in Central time), all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider for their friends and loved ones!
“Regardless of which state, country or even continent they are from, homebrewers share a bond that is strengthened by knowing they are all brewing together,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association. “We are excited to see the breadth of homebrewers worldwide that participate in this year’s brew.”
So, gather around the brew kettle at one of these two local events and join in the global celebration of homebrewing.