National Homebrew Day is an American holiday dedicated to homebrewing. It is aimed at sharing knowledge in the field of brewing, as well as to raise people’s awareness of such an ancient drink as beer, to tell about its varieties, brewing technology and much more. It is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of May.
The history of National Homebrew Day goes back to 1988. That’s when the first celebration of this day was held, initiated by the American Homebrewers Association. Beverages produced on an industrial scale in production will continue to be in demand. However, we should not forget about craft beer. Its creators are not afraid to experiment. Thanks to home brewers, we can try unique variants of beer that we will never find in stores.
Beer has been known since before the 10th century. But the real heyday of the drink was in the Middle Ages. Back then, beer was brewed in monasteries, and the recipe used was kept secret by the monks and passed on to the next generations. In its modern form the drink appeared in the second half of the 19th century, when L. Pasteur studied yeast and fermentation processes, which led to the active use of this component in brewing.
- There are two main types of beer: lager and ale. Lager is made by bottom fermentation and ale by top fermentation. Lager accounts for 80% of all beers sold in the world.
- In the Middle Ages, beer was more popular than water because clean water was very difficult to find and the drink was safer. There was no risk of contamination by E. coli and other microorganisms living in dirty water.
- Today German and Czech beers are most appreciated.
How to celebrate
Purchase homemade beer. Try different types of this drink to determine your favorite. Get together with friends and have a beer party. You can learn how to make your own beer, but you need to buy the necessary devices to do so. You can easily find information on what you need for home brewing on the Internet.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if they or their friends make beer at home. Does it differ from store-bought beer in terms of flavor characteristics?
When is National Homebrew Day celebrated in 2024?
National Homebrew Day is observed on the first Saturday in May each year.