I recently had the opportunity to help organize the annual home-brew competition held by the Hong Kong Homebrewers' Association (HKHA) at the beginning of June. It wasn't really my intention to fill that role, as I'd much rather just brew and enter beers, but sometimes things just turn out that way. On the bright side, there's always something to be learned from a new challenge so in this post I'd like to point out a few things that I have gleaned from this experience.
On January 18th a crowd of around 100 people descended on the Little Creatures brewpub in Kennedy Town for the Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong's Annual General Meeting. The association is only a few years old but has grown steadily and aims to promote the craft beer industry in Hong Kong. The CBAHK takes this chance each year to summarise changes and trends in the craft beer industry and to announce the new board members for the year.
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) started Learn to Homebrew Day back in 1999 as a way for homebrewers to share their hobby with non-brewing friends and family. This Saturday at hundreds of sites worldwide the tradition will be continued. Last year there were 360 registered sites in 47 states and 10 different countries that claimed to brew 6,284 gallons (23,787 liters) with nearly 6,000 participants.
Taiwan is an island that has a reasonably developed craft beer scene. My previous experience with Taiwan had only been a long-weekend trip to Taipei back in 2013, but I recently took a 4-day trip to southern Taiwan and it was in the unassuming town of Hengchun that my wife and I would stumble across a pleasant surprise for the craft beer lover.......3000 Brewzeum.
It's that time of year again - in North America at least. In this post I'll simply share a video from the USA Hop Growers Association with an interview from the head brewer at Full Sail Brewing.