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

Craft Beer By the Numbers

Andy Sparhawk takes a look at some of the common stats provided about a craft beer and helps you figure out exactly what they represent and how you can use them to order your next pint. more»

Ninkasi Goes to Camp

Ninkasi Brewing was asked to participate in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America project. Hear about their experience first-hand on the Ninkasi blog. more»

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»