Cheers to National Homebrew Day! Raise a Glass Together on May 6

national homebrew day

If there is one thing home brewers love more than sampling the fruits of their own labors, it’s sharing a pint of their brew with other beer-loving friends. Beer aficionados across the US will participate in a simultaneous toast at noon on May 6, which is National Homebrew Day.

Sure, you can raise a glass in your own home, but there are also some fun events happening around the country that day to celebrate the world of homebrew. National Homebrew Day is organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), and you can visit them online to look for gatherings in your area.

Don’t see any local events listed there? Don’t be shy – you can create your own event and submit it to the AHA for inclusion in their list of Homebrew Day activities. Follow the fun on Twitter too with #BigBrew17.

Events can happen in a home or backyard, a brew shop, a local brewery – there are lots of possibilities and only one rule: all revelers should raise a glass together for a simultaneous toast at 12 p.m. CDT.

If you need inspiration for your next brew day, the AHA has released 3 recipes on the National Homebrew Day page of its website. You can view all grain or extract recipes for Rushmore American IPA, Battre L’oie Saison, and Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest Lager. All three recipes are samples from the upcoming 4th edition of the book How to Brew by John Palmer.

The AHA expects thousands of people to participate though hundreds of local bars, breweries, shops and home-brew clubs. National Homebrew Day pays homage to the 1 million+ home brewers in the U.S. Last year, more than 12,000 people participated in National Homebrew Day events at nearly 500 registered sites across 12 countries. National Homebrew Day is held on the first Saturday in May each year.

Homebrewers unite!