Homebrewing Facts and Statistics

  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both homebrewers (although, in the case of Jefferson, his wife Martha did more brewing than he did).
  • Beer was so important to the ancient Sumerians that they actually had a goddess of beer named Ninkasi—yep, that’s right, a goddess, in Sumerian society, women were the primary brewers.
  • Just weeks after President Carter signed the bill that legalized homebrewing, Charlie Papazian and Charlie Matzen launched the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in Boulder, CO on December 7, 1978, with the publication of the first issue of Zymurgy magazine.
  • Representative David Skaggs of Colorado announced May 7th as National Homebrew Day  before Congress on Monday, May 2, 1988. The AHA celebrates National Homebrew Day every year with Big Brew, held on the first Saturday of May.
  • There are over 1,000 homebrew clubs in the US and over 1 million homebrewers in the US
  • In the colonial times soldiers were paid in beer


  • 1978: US passed H.R. 1337 saying how much you can brew beer for personal use
  • As of 2012 there are 1072 brewpubs, 922 microbreweries, and 81 regional craft breweries
  • Most popular holidays when Americans buy beer (in order from highest to lowest): 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Father’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Superbowl Sunday
  • Out of all the states CA produces the most craft beer (2.2 million barrels in 2011) and has the most craft breweries than any other state

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American Homebrewer’s Association


Brewers Association

California Craft Beer


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