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

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»

Say Cheese!

It's no wonder that with the myriad of options available, craft beer and cheese work exceptionally well together. Many cheese professionals believe that beer may even be a better pairing with cheese than, dare I say, wine. more»

Defining Gravity

No one mentioned that my future understanding of brewing science would vastly benefit from retaining a little more than the gossip of my first period chemistry class. more»

The Beaujolais of Craft Beer

Cork dorks of the world recognize the harvest with the release of Beaujolais Nouveaux. Craft brewers celebrate a little differently, using the freshest hops available—often just hours off the vine—to create delicious fresh hop beers. more»

The Secret Life of Hops

You probably know that hops provide much more to craft beer than just bitterness, but how much do you really know? After a recent trip to Hopunion's Hop & Brew School,'s Andy Sparhawk returned with his mind officially blown! more»