Thursday, May 01, 2014

Howell Business Celebrates National Brewing Day This Saturday!

Written by  Paul Starr
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By act of Congress, the first Saturday in May is National Brewers Day, and thanks to Howell’s Main Street Brew Shoppe the public is invited to watch local home brewers celebrate, demonstrate and educate.
Home to the Main Street Brewers Guild, the Main Street Brew Shoppe, 307 E. Grand River in downtown Howell has a day packed with brewing activities. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guild members will demonstrate various brewing methods including extract brewing, which avoids the grain mashing process by using a concentrated malt extract, all-grain brewing, and the brew-in-bag technique. The event is free and brewers of all skill levels, or anyone interested in home brewing, are welcome to attend, ask questions and browse the wide variety of brewing essentials available at the Brew Shoppe. Samples of the day’s brews will be available later Saturday at Howell’s Main Street Winery.

“This is a great example of how every day is an event in downtown Howell,” said Cathleen Edgerly, director of the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Association (DDA). “It also highlights the wonderful relationship our downtown businesses have with our citizens and visitors. Be it events like this Brew event, the annual Pink Party, Melon and Balloon Festivals, Legend of Sleepy Howell and so many more, you can count on the support of downtown Howell.”

Created in 1988, National Home Brew Day honors the home brewer and is celebrated annually by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) as the day of the Big Brew. According to the AHA, the 2013 Big Brew produced some 17,000 gallons of beer brewed by 8,500 participants at 383 events.

For more information about the Main Street Brew Shoppe event call 517-376-6978. To discover more about home brewing and the Big Brew, visit www.homebrewersassociation.org.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.