Andy Sparhawk

Andy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association's craft beer program coordinator, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge. He lives in Arvada, Colorado where he is a homebrewer and avid craft beer enthusiast. On occasion, Andy is inspired to write on his experiences with craft beer, and if they are not too ridiculous, you might see the results here on CraftBeer.com.

Andy's Articles


Blogs on Beer: Anchor Brewing Co.

Many blogs tend to post event-related info that isn't very useful after the fact or if you don't live nearby, but the Anchor Brewing Blog is chock-full of evergreen information that tells the history of not only the San Francisco brewery, but of craft beer in general. more»

5 Clues to Deciphering Craft Beer Styles

While some beer styles require a bit of background to understand, one can often make reasonable assumptions about a beer's character with a small amount of information. Here are five clues that I think will help you immediately start to decipher what a beer might taste like before ordering. more»

The Not-So-Obvious Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest style has had quite an identity crisis throughout history. Andy Sparhawk takes a look at the development of the style since the first Oktoberfest in 1810 and how American craft brewers have reacted to beer lovers' evolving tastes. more»

Why Are IPAs so Popular?

It’s no secret that many craft beer enthusiasts have a deep appreciation—bordering on cult-like obsession—for the India pale ale (IPA). In honor of #IPAday 2013 (August 1), we're attempting to crack the code of the IPAs commercial success. more»