AHA’s Annual Spring Big Brew! • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – 6pm

It’s almost time for the AHA’s annual spring Big Brew! This event celebrates National Homebrew Day, the first Saturday of May every year. The BHG will be participating again as we usually do by hosting a Big Brew in Chris Brehm’s yard, 2617 Cedarwood Ave.

For those new to the concept, it’s a fun opportunity to drag your equipment to a foreign location and brew in a social setting. It certainly raises challenges not faced in our normal home environments, but is a great opportunity to share our different equipment/processes/techniques with each other and can be quite educational. It’s open to the public and brewing is not required, so come hang out and see what people are doing and share a homebrew with us if you aren’t able to brew. More participation makes it more interesting though, so I encourage you to make the effort to put it on your calendar and bring some equipment over. If lack of equipment is your hold up please let us know, as we collectively have tons of extra gear between us.

As in years past, we’ve once again tied this with the Guild’s anniversary and have developed a recipe to commemorate our 8th year. This year, we hope you join us in brewing our Belgian Dubbel recipe, but it is by no means a requirement. The recipe this year is courtesy of Doug Burghart! This was a gold-medal winning recipe from the Best of the Bay last year, and his version was phenomenal. The recipe is below

NOTE: If you are going to brew the club recipe, and you’re using Belgian yeast, be sure to let Robert (North Corner) know by April 28 so he can get the order in by brew day.

The club will provide food, but feel free to bring additional snacks to share and most importantly homebrew! Bonus points if you have any bottles of your 5th and 6th Anniversary beers to share up.
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – 6pm
No real fixed schedule, but most of us doing all-grain batches will probably be trying to get started by 9. Do what works for you!
Doug Burghart’s Belgian Dubbel:
  • 69% Belgian Pils
  • 14% Munich 10L
  • 3.3%. Aromatic malt
  • 3.3%. Special B malt
  • 3.3%. Caramunich malt
  • 3%. Amber Belgian candi syrup
  • 3%. Dark brown sugar
  • 2.8 oz. US Saaz 2.6 AA. 60 mins
  • 1.5 oz Tettananger 4.5% AA 60 mins
    (I used whatever noble hops I had around – you probably could use any noble hop, I prefer Tettnanger, just for bettering only)
  • Wyeast Abbey II yeast
    (I started it at 68, and just let it free rise, I think it got up to 73 at its
    highest). Did a 2L starter.
  • OG: 1.062
  • FG: 1.012
  • IBU: 20
  • SRM: 16

2016 Homebrewer of the Year

Another year has come to a close, which means it’s time time to announce the 5th BHG Homebrewer of the Year.  And for the second year in a row, the best homebrewer in Bellingham is clearly Jenn Tadder!

Congratulations Jenn on continuing to crank out top notch beers out in the woods.  Kulshan is lucky to have gained you as an employee this year.

For the third straight year, Frank at Aslan Brewing has offered a collaboration brew with the winner.  A huge thank you from the BHG to Frank and the Aslan crew for such an awesome opportunity and their continued support of us.  We look forward to seeing what Jenn and Frank come up with this year to follow up last year’s Gold Medal winning Vienna Lager (no pressure).

The race for the 2017 HomeBOY is on now, good luck brewers!

2016 Best of the Bay Results

The judges have finished, the awards have been handed out, and the results are in! Thanks to everyone who entered, judged, and volunteered their time and help in any way to make this event possible. Thanks also to our many generous sponsors for donating prizes and raffle items.

This year’s Best of Show winner was Ryan Wallace of Mt Vernon with an Irish Red Ale. In addition to taking possession of the mug of awesomeness for the next year, he gets to brew his winning recipe at Kulshan Brewing and have a release party there. Congratulations Ryan!

View the full winner list.

Best of the Bay 2016


The 2016 Best of the Bay homebrew competition is right around the corner! If you’re interested in entering the competition, registration is now open!

Sign up here: http://bellinghambrewers.com/bestofthebay/ 

This year, the bottle drop-off starts 7/13 and ends 7/27. Each entry is $7 for non-members and $4 for BHG dues-paying members. The competition will be limited to a maximum of 6 entries per person.

We’ve also opened up the competition to cider entries this year, so keep that in mind if you have any 2015 ciders hanging around!

Winners will be announced Sunday, August 7, at our Best of the Bay Homebrew Festival from 11am – 3pm in the Boundary Bay Annex Garden (off Maple St). The festival will be open to family and friends, so bring them out to show off all the great beers we brew! There will be games for kids and a non-alcoholic beverage option. We will have food for purchase on-site.

BHG Commemorative taster glasses will be for sale for $10 ($5 for members). You don’t need to buy a taster glass to come into the festival, but all proceeds go to support the Bellingham Homebrewers Guild. There will also be a raffle to win cool homebrew-related prizes, and other BHG swag for sale.

AHA Big Brew 2016

This Saturday the BHG will be participating in the AHA’s annual Big Brew event by hosting a group brew.  Anyone’s welcome to come, either just to hang out or better yet to bring your equipment and brew with us!  We’ll be providing food, you bring some homebrew to share.  If you’re interested in the BHG 7th anniversary Imperial Porter recipe that some members will be brewing, see here for details.