Are you a homebrewer? Even if you aren’t, but you are a craft beer fan, I’m willing to bet you know at least a few people who are homebrewers. I myself first started homebrewing well over 20 years ago (but I’m between systems right now, which is killing me!) and back then, just like today, many homebrewers started out by trying to recreate some of their favorite craft beers at home.
Back in my early days, when craft breweries were few and far between, the holy grail for many homebrewers was to successfully reproduce or ‘clone’ beers like Sierra Nevada Brewing‘s Pale Ale. If you could do that as a homebrewer back in the early 90’s, then you really knew your stuff. The challenge was that you pretty much had to come up with the recipe on your own. The homebrewing community was much smaller, there were few helpful recipe guides and there was no brewing software like BeerSmith or Brewtarget to help you out.
Finding a good homebrew clone recipe is far easier these days, but there’s still a fair amount of guesswork involved since most breweries aren’t in the habit of sharing their recipes with the public. The American Homebrewers Association wants to help, so they’ve just released their 50-State Commercial Beer Clone Recipes Guide that shares favorite recipes from local breweries from across the nation. 50 States – 50 Craft Breweries – 50 Recipes.
Here is the full press release from The American Homebrewers Association:
Boulder, Colo. ● July 19, 2017 – Love beer? And your nearby brewery? Celebrating local, independent breweries, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—today unveiled its inaugural 50-State Commercial Beer Clone Recipes Guide. The AHA compiled the list, which features recipes scaled down to 5 to 10 gallon batches, after reaching out to breweries nationwide.
“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,” said Gary Glass, Director, American Homebrewers Association. “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.”
From Pliny the Elder—which was voted the #1 beer in America by the AHA’s members from 2009 to 2016—made by Russian River, based in Santa Rosa, Calif., to Two Hearted Ale—which dethroned Pliny the Elder in 2017—made by Bell’s, based in Comstock, Mich., many beloved beers, both established and up-and-coming, are listed in the commercial beer recipes guide.
“With both the craft beer industry and the hobby of homebrewing continuing to expand nationwide, these recipes offer beer lovers the opportunity to make their favorite local brews at home,” said Glass.
Access the Commercial Beer Clone Recipes Guide, which features all 50 recipes, here.
To find additional information on local breweries, beer bars and homebrew supply shops all over the country, download the AHA’s Brew Guru™ mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play.
About the American Homebrewers Association:
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including Homebrew Con and the National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine and offers the Brew Guru™ mobile app. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.
The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.
This really is a great clone recipe guide and contains several highly sought after recipes. In addition to Russian River‘s Pliny The Elder and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, as mentioned above, you’ll find recipes for several popular beers such as: Alaskan Brewing‘s Smoked Porter, Left Hand Brewing‘s Milk Stout, Boulevard Brewing‘s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Uinta Brewing‘s Hop Nosh Tangerine IPA, The Alchemist‘s Focal Banger IPA and many more. The Washington State offering is Postdoc Brewing‘s popular Demon Star Imperial Stout.
I won’t be able to brew again myself until sometime next year, when I plan to put together a new homebrew system for myself, but I’m going to have to grab the recipes in this guide now. It’s a great resource to keep handy, especially if you start exploring styles you aren’t as familiar with brewing. Grab a few recipes yourself and get brewing.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.