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Big Brew 2017 WV Roundup

Homebrewing in West Virginia is going strong these days.

West Virginia homebrewing clubs are participating in this year’s national Big Brew Day by hosting activities around the state. If you’ve recently gotten into the craft beer revolution and wondered how good beer is made, these events are for you.

Big Brew events typically have folks brewing beers using everything from inexpensive extract kits to all-grain, pro-style methodology. Big Brew Day is also a great time to meet up with other beer enthusiasts and share a few beers, whether homebrews or commercial brews. If you do drop by one of the events, it’s usually appropriate to bring along a beer or two from your personal stash for sharing.

Big Brew Day, promoted nationally by the American Homebrewers Association, sees hundreds of bars, breweries, shops, and homebrew clubs nationwide hosting their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session.

Simultaneous worldwide toast

At noon CDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers across the globe are encouraged to raise their glass in a simultaneous toast to the hobby, which is enjoyed by of thousands all over the world. In West Virginia the simultaneous toast occurs at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Big Brew Day is set each year on the first Saturday in May and is held in honor of National Homebrew Day, which is May 7.

The featured beer recipes this year are:

West Virginia Big Brew event listings

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GHHA members do Big Brew in Teays Valley this year.

Several Big Brew and National Homebrew Day events are set for West Virginia locations.

Wheeling Alers

Saturday, May 6.
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Brew Keepers, 2200 Main St., Wheeling

Four different brewing demonstrations. Club member P.J. McDermott wrote this invitation on Facebook:
“Coming up on Saturday. Come down to Brew Keepers and learn what brewing beer is all about. Free event!”

More Information: use club Twitter page

Morgantown Society of Homebrewers – MASH

May 6th, SaturdayBig Brew Day Event
9:00 AM-6:00 PM.
At a club member residence

Expect some fun and serious brewing. Additional Information: contact Luke Smith [owlcreekbrewery@yahoo.com] or Bryce Capodieci [brycecapodieci@gmail.com]

Greater Huntington Homebrewers Association – GHHA

May 6th, Big Brew Day @ Teays Valley
at Alan Gawthrop’s residence. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
1040 Marina Drive, Hurricane, WV

Charleston and Huntington area beer fans and homebrewers will converge in Teays Valley for a Big Brew event. Bring some food & beverage to share if you wish. Everyone welcome to drop by for either a brief visit or to stay all day.

Additional Information: Email Allen at allen@ajaac.net

Harrison County Homebrewers Club

Sat., May 6 at 11:00 AM until late afternoon for Big Blur Day 
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Clarksburg, WV

Come for brewing, charcoal grills, and bottle share. More information: see Club Facebook page

Fairmont Hombrewers Club

May 6 at 7:00 AM to early afternoon
Held at club member’s house in Fairmont

Expecting at least 6 brewers to participate along with several others that just want to be a part of it. Bring beers to share if you like and also a snack to share if possible. Come anytime after 7am or so and should be finished early afternoon.

More Information: contact Josh Clarke at ramblingrootbrew@gmail.com or stop by the Rambling Root restaurant in downtown Fairmont.

8th Annual Appalachian Brew Club IPA Throwdown

Sunday, May 7
Awards ceremony kicks off at 4:00 PM
Big Timber Brewing Company Taproom, Elkins, WV

Appalachian Brew ClubAnnouncement of the winners of the 8th Annual Appalachian Brew Club IPA Throwdown takes place on Sunday, May 7. This is the first year the contest has been sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). It accepted homebrew entires from around the state that will be judged on Sunday prior to the awards ceremony.

Additional information at appalachianbrewclub@gmail.com

Tri-State Homebrew Competition set for Oct. 8


UPDATE: 2016 winners list released. (Click on image to enlarge.) Tri-State Homebrew Competition winners, 2016


HomebrewCompetitionGet ready for the Huntington region’s best homebrewers to strut their stuff at the 2nd annual Tri-State Homebrew Competition. The public, outdoor event is set for Oct. 8, and will take place on 11th Street, adjacent to the Heritage Station complex.  Continue reading Tri-State Homebrew Competition set for Oct. 8

Big Brew 2016 locations announced for WV


big brew 2016West Virginia homebrewing clubs will hold at least six Big Brew 2016 events around the state over the next couple of weeks to commemorate the 20th anniversary of National Homebrew Day. Founded by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), National Homebrew Day is officially celebrated the first Saturday each May.

If you live near an organized event, plan to drop by and brew or just enjoy the camaraderie. You don’t have to be a homebrewer to participate. Just drop by. It’s a great place to learn more about the beer making art.

Join the nationwide simultaneous toastBig Brew 2106

A nationwide, simultaneous toast occurs at 1:00 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 7, and all homebrew and craft beer lovers are encouraged to participate, whether at a Big Brew event, at a bar, or at home.

AHA expects more than 11,000 beer enthusiasts from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Australia to hoist a glass in the toast this year.

Six WV Big Brew 2016 event dates set

Big Brew 2016
Big Brew 2015. Photo courtesy of GHHA & Jane Zalewski.

While National Homebrew Day is officially May 7, West Virginia will see Big Brew events held on three separate days this year. These brewing events typically commence in the A.M. and run through the afternoon to early evening.

Sunday, May 1

  • The Infamous Parkersburg Alers homebrewers club will meet in Parkersburg, WV, for an IPA Big Brew event hosted at the home of club memberJustin Logue. Contact Parkersburg Brewing Co. for details.
  • Upper Northern Panhandle homebrew club “HOOCH” holds it event at the Winemakers Loft, located at 830 rear Main Street, Follansbee, WV. Setup starts at 10:30 AM and goes until they are done brewing (usually around 4-5pm).
Saturday, May 7
  • The Greater Huntington Homebrewers Association (GHHA) and the Teays Valley Beer Drinkers and Homebrewers Association will join for an event at Cathy and Allen Gawthrop’s house in Teays Valley. Expect plenty of delicious brats, pot luck food and beer. Bring whatever you can. 10 AM – 6 PM.
  •  Fairmont Homebrewers Club will celebrate at an event hosted by Heston Farm in Fairmont. Live music by The Skinnys. WV craft beers and food will be available for purchase. 9 AM – 6 PM.
  • Harrison County Homebrewers Club will celebrate Big Brew with an event at the Veterans Park in Clarksburg. Plan a picnic. All day long.
  • The Morgantown Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH) club will hold its event in Morgantown, WV. Bring a covered dish or some chips and dip. A grill and some burgers/dogs will be available. Kicks off at 11 AM.
Sunday, May 15Wheeling Alers Big Brew 2016
  • Wheeling Alers’ Big Brew will take place at the new Brew Keepers brewery in Wheeling, WV. They will have a few club members brewing on site and Brew Keepers will hopefully be brewing a beer at the same time. A good chance to get a preview of this upcoming brewery. 10 AM – 5 PM.

This year’s homebrew recipes

Each year, AHA circulates two or more homebrew recipes as suggestions for homebrewers to make on Big Brew.

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot this year, AHA has selected as one of its two recipes a Northern German Altbier. The other recipe is a spiced beer.

Strike Team Chanukah Altbier follows the Reinheitsgebot’s  regulations by using only malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. The second recipe, a sessionable Summertime Ginger Ale, incorporates several ingredients that violate the German Purity Law – including wheat, honey, and ginger.

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Members of Greater Huntington Homebrewers Association take part in Big Brew 2014.

AHA estimates that there are over 1.2 million homebrewers in the United States. With one in every 200 adults in the U.S. now crafting their own beer, homebrewing has become one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies.

In West Virginia and throughout Appalachia, homebrew/enthusiast groups and clubs are found in most urban areas.

For more information about Big Brew check the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) website.

West Virginia celebrates Big Brew

UPDATE: Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company added the 8th event site after this article was published.

Scores of West Virginians are joining the Coast to Coast Toast on Saturday, May 2, as they take part in national Big Brew events at seven locations across the state.



Founded by the American Homebrewers Association, Big Brew commemorates National Homebrew Day and takes place the first Saturday in May. This year marks the 19th annual event. Continue reading West Virginia celebrates Big Brew