Cheers! Prost! Salud! People around the world are toasting to National Homebrew Day Thursday, May 7, and a Goshen store wants to help fill your glass.
DIY Coffee and Ale Supply will host their first ’Big Brew’ from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, by clearing out three parking spaces in front of their store at 114 E. Washington St. for local brewers to make beer, said owner Chris May. People are invited to watch and ask them about how they prepare their brews, all while enjoying a drink of their own out in the open.
It’s part of the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) annual Big Brew, which saw up to 8,000 people preparing about 17,550 gallons of beer in 49 states last year. All participants will be making the same three beer recipes, which includes the Columbus Pale Ale, the Old School Barleywine and the Killer Kolsch.
At 1 p.m., brewers around the country will raise their glasses of ale and lager to make a toast to homebrewing. It’s the sort of camaraderie that led May to host their first Big Brew.
“We’re about coffee and beer, which are great social beverages,” he said. “The community gathers around that.”
May said there will be about four brewers at the event who will prepare at least 25 gallons of beer.
The Big Brew is a special day for homebrewers around the world to share in their passion, said director Gary Glass with the American Homebrewers Association. This year’s turnout is expected to be better than last year, with particpants in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Australia, according to a news release.
“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,” Glass said. “We are excited to see the breadth of homebrewers worldwide that participate in this year’s brew.”
For further information about National Homebrew Day and this year’s beer recipes for the AHA Big Brew, visit the American Homebrewers Association’s website.