Brew Your Own: Homebrewers Association Launches Beer Clone Guide
The American Homebrewers Association is making available specific recipes for brewing small batches of popular craft beers. The group notes that many of the original brewers of these beers started out as homebrewers themselves.
If you’re into homebrewing, one association’s new guide is something to truly get excited for.
This week, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) announced the launch of a new “commercial clone” guide. The guide, which lists one beer for every state, features a wide variety of craft brews that can be reproduced in your home to the specifications of the original brewery. And the list isn’t just a bunch of obscure brands, either: It includes household names for craft beer drinkers, including Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (from Michigan), Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager (from New York), Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout (from Colorado), and Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter (from Oregon).
These beers—with recipes coming from the original breweries around the country—are often produced in large batches for commercial consumption, but AHA has done the hard work of narrowing down the recipes into more manageable 5 to 10 gallon batches.
In a news release, AHA Director Gary Glass noted that many of the beers on the list started out as homebrews and eventually crossed the line into being sold commercially.
“Just about every one of the 1.2 million people in the country who brew their own beer has considered making a career of brewing,” Glass stated. “Many professional craft brewers got started as homebrewers in their kitchens and backyards—and by sharing these recipes, we are thrilled to spread the love of beer and the art of making it.”