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


What’s Real Ale? We cAsked Expert Steven Marsh

With more than 600 casks, Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Md., may be one of the most ardent supporters of cask beer. The brewery even has a resident Captain of Firkins, Steven Marsh, who we asked to explain real ale for the beer beginner and elaborate on the cask program at Heavy Seas. more»

Making the Case to Taste

Being food itself, craft beer complements all types of dishes and flavors, but for some reason many people can’t get past pizza and pretzels. Andy Sparhawk takes three classic food combinations and makes a craft beer pairing connection for each. more»

Repeal Day: The Good Thing About Prohibition Was…

In “Last Call”, a recent article in the Washington Monthly, Tim Heffernan suggests that while Prohibition did not succeed the way its supporters hoped, the end may have set this country up for a better future. Could the Noble Experiment and consequential end of Prohibition have been a good thing? more»