Saturday, May 7, 2011

National Homebrew Day (US)

We had planned on bottling today, partly in honour (honor) of the announcement back in 1988 from the US Congress that May 7th would be National Homebrew Day, and partly just because it would have been good timing. Cory will fill you in with the details of the delay, suffice to say, we were scared, but are back to confident.

In 2001 the American Homebrewers Association decided to create the Big Brew, which is to occur on the first Saturday in May, culminating in a toast at noon central time. I grabbed a brief history from their site;


Big Brew Trends

2010

Over 5,000 people celebrated National Homebrew Day by brewing over 11,000 gallons at 291 sites on six continents worldwide. Sites were registered in 46 states and Puerto Rico, as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Japan, Kenya, Russia, and United Kingdom.

2009

More than 5,000 people celebrated National Homebrew Day brewing over 13,000 gallons at 342 sites on six continents worldwide. Sites were registered in 47 states and Puerto Rico, as well as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Israel, Kenya, The Netherlands, Russia, and Switzerland.

2008

More than 10,500 gallons were brewed by almost 4,000 participants at 242 sites on six continents worldwide. Sites were registered in 42 states in the US, as well as in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Israel, Kenya, The Netherlands, Russia, and Uruguay.

2007

Over 9,000 gallons of homebrew brewed by more than 4,000 participants at 242 sites on four continents worldwide. There were sites in 42 states, as well as Israel, Australia, Argentina, and Russia.

2006

Over 7,000 gallons were brewed by more than 2,500 participants at 229 sites worldwide.

2005

7,347 gallons of homebrew brewed worldwide at 210 Big Brew sites by 2,956 participants.

2004

5,180 gallons of homebrew were produced at 160 Big Brew sites by 2,177 participants worldwide.

2003

3,706 gallons of homebrew were produced at 157 Big Brew sites by 1,405 participants worldwide.

2002

5,235 gallons of beer were produced at 196 Big Brew sites by 2,000 participants around the world - spanning 5 continents.

2001

5,185 gallons of beer were brewed at 182 brewing sites by 1,864 participants worldwide.

Check it and get involved next year!

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