Saturday marks the 14th anniversary of Learn to Homebrew Day. This brewing holiday was established all the way back in 1999 by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) to help encourage and teach people how to brew their own beer; not that anyone is suggestion you stop enjoying your local craftbeer community. We here at ECB&B believe that learning about the brewing process and actually going about brewing your own beer brings you a deeper appreciation for every pint you enjoy at your local brewery.
Though we are still in the nascent stages of learning to brew, we’re only a few batches deep, we’ve already begun to better understand the intricacies that go into crafting a great beverage. Prior to brewing on my own, the scientist in me was always fascinated by the theory and all of the science and biology/biochemistry that goes into the art. Beginning to put it into practice has been extremely enjoyable, though not always for my friends whom I use as guinea pigs (not many people enjoyed having their taste buds burnt off by my jalapeno Sriracha pale ale that I cooked up this summer). Tomorrow we will take another step in our path to becoming more well rounded craftbeer enthusiasts by participating in a Learn to Homebrew Day event.
If you live in the Seattle metro area, which I assume you likely do since you’re reading our blog, there are two events taking place convenient to the city. We’ll start with the event that we’ll be attending at Geaux Brewing.
The Purpose of Geaux Brewing: “Home brewing is such a cool hobby. Much like cooking, it allows you to express your creativity in a way that you and so many others can enjoy. With all of the great equipment and supplies out there, you really can brew anything. At the same time, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. With so much out there, it’s hard to know where to start, what to get, or what to do after you’ve got everything. Sure, there’s lots of books, podcasts, and even your local Homebrew clubs—all of them perfect for information. In our view, however, there’s nothing like hands-on experience. We like to think of ourselves as a “brewery classroom”, but we’re also here for the social aspect too. Each time we brew, we always learn a little something new. Why not let other people take part in that fun too? So, come one, come all and let’s Geaux Brewing! If our passion for sharing the brewing process with someone results in the next craft beer success, then great. (and make sure to send those royalty checks).”
Geaux Brewing has quickly become one of our favorite breweries in the Seattle area. Their beer is fantastic, the people are friendly, and the space is awesome. The brewery also runs a fairly small system which makes it ideal for people who want to learn how to brew, as they put it, “Geaux was started with one purpose in mind—to brew great beer on a system that we could teach anyone on.” They will soon begin scheduling classes and you can keep up with the announcements on their Facebook page. In the meantime you can stop by their Learn to Homebrew Day event tomorrow and get a firsthand look at what goes into making some of the best beers we’ve had in the Seattle area recently.
The details for the event are as follows:
- Event Name or Location: Geaux Brewing
- Contact Name: Jeremy Hubbell
- Street: 12031 Northup Way, Suite 203
- City, State: Bellevue , WA
- Country: United States
- Website: www.geauxbrewing.com
- Event Description: Come learn to brew at the brewery for home brewers! We’ll be lightin’ the fires and brewing up one of our beers from start to finish—all on a home brew system. Our brewery doubles as a classroom so this is the perfect setup for you to get your feet wet (literally) and learn how to brew or, if you already have some batches under your belt, how to refine your techniques. When you’re done learning, head in to our French Quarter-themed tap room and try any one of our beers on tap. Who knows, it may have been the beer you just learned how to brew!
We’re looking forward to learning more about brewing from the fine beer craftsmen at one of our favorite new breweries!
The second event taking place in the area is in Everett and the details are as follows:
- Event Name or Location: Homebrew Heaven
- Contact Name: Seth
- Street: 9121 Evergreen Way
- City, State: Everett , WA
- Country: United States
- Website: www.homebrewheaven.com
- Event Description: This will be a tailgating style gathering. Bring your equipment and friends. Food if you want. People with all kinds of set ups will be brewing all grain and extract. The store is open so get what you need for a batch or come prepared either way. It will be lots of fun and a good chance to chat with fellow brewers
If you’ve ever had a desire to homebrew and want to learn about it, or if you’ve ever just wanted a behind the scenes look at what goes into making your favorite beverage, stop by one of these events tomorrow. If you can’t make it to any events tomorrow you can always check out the resources for getting started at the AHA website.
For our readers not in Seattle you can find a list of Learn to Homebrew Day events in your area by visiting the link here.
Happy Learn to Homebrew Day!