A few years ago, I was at a friend’s house and his friend handed me a beer without a label on it. I looked at him confused, “What is this?” I asked. He explained to my husband and I that he had homebrewed his own amber beer. I sipped on it and it was the freshest and crispest beer I have ever had in my life. I was thinking, wow! It had never occurred to me that people actually brew their own beer at home. Isn’t that something that only people during prohibition did? Nope, it turns out, a lot of the brewery owners that are opening up microbreweries all across the country started out at home brewing their own beer.
I’ve never homebrewed, but that’s why an event press release caught my attention. Southern Hills Homebrew Supply is hosting their very own homebrew day event this weekend on Saturday, November 4.
The business says home brewing is easy and fun, that’s why they are partnering up with the Star City Brewers Guild to host an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Learn to Homebrew Day event.
It is free (something I always like to hear) and Learn to Homebrew Day is an international event held every year on the first Saturday of November, according to their press release.
“Since 1999, thousands of homebrewers have gathered each year to teach friends and family the basics of the home brewing hobby.” -Southern Hills Homebrew Supply
If you are interested stop by anytime from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at their location: 5342 Franklin Rd SW Roanoke, VA 24014.
There will be free beer tastings, home brewing demonstrations, presentations by professional brewers, a recipe kit fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Southwest Virginia, and more! Proceeds from the sales of these kits from now through Learn to Homebrew Day are donated to our local CMHN hospital and remain local.
What’s better? You can even stick around to hear talks and Q&A sessions from the following local brewers:
- Kevin Campbell, Head Brewer at Olde Salem Brewing Company
- Caleb A Williamson, Owner and Head Brewer at Hammer & Forge Brewing
- Company Ballast Point: Virginia Deschutes Brewery Duane Palmer
- Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers Martin Keck
- Owner and Brewer at Barrel Chest Wine And Beer
“Homebrewing is a lifelong hobby that inspires creativity, comradery and community,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.
“These qualities are on full display during AHA Learn to Homebrew Day, as veteran and rookie homebrewers come together to educate and celebrate.”
I am definitely intrigued by this event. Who knows maybe I’ll go and fast forward 5 years and will opening my very own brewery. The possibilities are endless.