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

Andy's Articles

Only You Can Prevent Seasonal Creep

Forget Christmas in July, these days it’s Thanksgiving in August as craft beer fall seasonals seem to start hitting store shelves earlier and earlier every year. Plenty of beer enthusiasts protest, and there are few ideas on how to stop it, but seasonal creep just keeps on creepin’ on. more»

Is Skunky Beer This Summer’s It Beer?

Skunky beer is caused by ultraviolet light, specifically UVB wavelengths, that split apart the alpha-acid molecules from hops. While usually considered an off-flavor, in the right beer styles, at the right levels, some beer drinkers enjoy it. more»