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

Why Is the IPA so Popular?

It’s no secret that many craft beer enthusiasts have a deep appreciation—bordering on cult-like obsession—for the India pale ale (IPA).'s Andy Sparhawk attempts to crack the code of the IPAs commercial success. more»

Spent Grain Makes Farm Smell Pleasant

We all know how important the relationship between brewer and farmer is, especially when it comes to sourcing ingredients, but did you know that the benefits go both ways? more»

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»

The Summer of the Saison

Two years ago it was black IPAs, last year it was white IPAs, but what will this summer’s craft beer trend be?'s Andy Sparhawk takes a look at his top pick, which may or may not include bugs. more»