Big Brew Day to be Celebrated at the Homebrew Emporium
Friday, May 03, 2013
Homebrewers, beer connoisseurs and novices alike should head down to the Homebrew Emporium in West Boylston this Saturday to participate in and celebrate the annual Big Brew Day.
Big Brew Day was created by the American Homebrewers Association in honor of National Homebrew Day and is held on the first Saturday in May every year. It gives homebrewers an opportunity to get together all over the world to share their love for the hobby. In 2012 an estimated 7,100 people celebrated the AHA National Homebrew Day at 254 registered sites.
1,500 batches created 11,200 gallons of homebrew around the world. Nine countries participated with registered AHA sites including 44 of the 50 states. The Homebrew Emporium, with locations in Weymouth, Cambridge and Rensselaer, NY in addition to West Boylston, has sponsored Big Brew Day since 2001.
"Homebrewing has been practiced in America since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Today there are an estimated 750,000 homebrewers in the U.S. Homebrewers are passionate about brewing beer and love to share that passion with others," says Russell Savoy of the Homebrew Emporium.
"Last year we had approximately 150 brewed between 3 of our 4 Homebrew Emporium locations. That's about 750 gallons or almost 25 barrels, some 7% of all beer brewed
An Event that Benefits Charity and the Community
The event promises to benefit the community at large. This will be the fourth year the Emporium will provide all the ingredients for free to brewers. This year, however, they will also be asking for a $10 donation and one can of food for the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, or Worcester Food Bank in exchange for these ingredients. All monies and food collected at the West Boylston site will go to the Worcester Food Bank.
"We chose these particular organizations...since we wanted to provide food assistance to not just one particular county or state but as many as our needy neighbors as we could," states Savoy.
"We hope to raise a total of two thousand dollars between all our sites participating this year. We expect about 35 brewers plus their friends and other interested people to be at our West Boylston store."
They will also be raffling off gift certificates and other items from local establishments to additionally benefit charity.
A Popular Hobby And a Learning Experience
But the event ultimately benefits homebrewers most of all, chiefly by allowing local participants in the hobby to get together and communicate about their craft.
"People in the hobby should attend the event to enjoy brewing a batch of beer and seeing and learning how other people in the hobby craft their beer and the equipment they use. They can talk about brewing, breweries and brew pubs," says Savoy.
But even if you nothing of the art, you are perfectly welcome to join the festivities.
"If you know nothing about brewing and want to learn every one brewing as well as staff will be more than happy to enlighten and educate them in the art. For people looking to gain knowledge about the brewing industry there will be an opportunity to talk about that too. We hope people will learn how easy it is to make phenomenally good beer at home and join the million or more brewers making great beer," Savoy says.
For more information on Big Brew Day and the Homebrew Emporium please click here.
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