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

New Zealand Hops Offer Aromatic Options for Drake’s Brewer

In recent years, hops from the country of New Zealand have been well received by craft brewers and beer lovers for their intense tropical fruit and peppery character. One brewer that likes what these varieties offer is John Gillooly of Drake's Brewing. Gillooly chose to use three of New Zealand’s best known hop varieties in their latest release, Aroma Prieta. more»

Happy Father’s Day from

We certainly hope you'll be toasting the dads in your life with an American craft beer this Father's Day, but these patriarchal-themed beers will make for an extra special salute! Here are seven beers brewed with dads in mind and a short description provided by each brewery. more»

RIP Brooklyn Monster Ale

Brooklyn Brewery announced that they will no longer be brewing their Monster Ale Barley Wine named after the beloved brewery cat. While the beer is no longer in production, it's 10.3% ABV makes it a perfect candidate to age and enjoy later. more»