The Twin Cities is one of the best places to be if you're a homebrewer

You can thank all of Minnesota's craft breweries.
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Minnesota has a lot of craft breweries, and that's helped make the Twin Cities a hotspot for homebrewers.

Minneapolis and St. Paul made the American Homebrewers Association's list of seven cities where homebrewing is on the rise, with the organization saying it's exploded here in recent years along with the craft brewing scene.

“Craft brewing and homebrewing have long supported one another: a thriving craft beer community nurtures a healthy, growing homebrew culture, and vice-versa,” Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association, said in an email news release. “Some cities are legendary for such pro-am symbiosis, while others are gaining well-deserved reputations as up-and-coming homebrew hot spots.”

The association looked at proximity to craft breweries, economic impact, the number of homebrew clubs and memberships in a city, and homebrew competition entries to come up with the list. The others named as homebrewing hotspots are:

  • Boise, Idaho.
  • Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Rochester, New York.
  • Tampa, Florida.
  • Windsor, California.

The American Homebrewers Association says the Twin Cities is home to more than a dozen homebrew clubs that have won homebrewing competitions, including local clubs winning the Meadmaker of the Year award for seven of the past 11 years.

Mark your calendar

Learn to Homebrew Day is Nov. 5, and there are at least four events planned for Minnesota – two in the Twin Cities, one in Duluth and one in Pine City. For more details on the events, click here.

Meanwhile, Homebrew Con – the American Homebrewers Association's national hombrewers conference – is coming to Minneapolis June 15-17, 2017.

Other homebrewing events can be found on the Minnesota Home Brewers Association website. For other homebrewing organizations in the state, click here.

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