For many Americans, beer has become more than just beer. It’s not a mere beverage anymore; it’s a craft that has garnered serious devotees and continues to attract more. Statistics show that the number of home brewers has increased year after year, with the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) estimating 1.2 million home brewers in the country as of 2014.
For the uninitiated, the appeal of home brewing may not be immediately clear. After all, who would want to go to the trouble of making beer from scratch when it’s readily available for purchase at the nearest store? While home brewing certainly takes some investment of time, effort, and resources, one of the qualities that draws enthusiasts to this hobby is the creative freedom that allows them to craft unique beers that are often leagues away from many commercially-available bottles.