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

Beer Haze: Clarity in a Topsy-Turbid World

Beer clarity—or lack of clarity, also known as ‘turbidity’—is one of beer's most telling attributes when it comes to quality. But, before you go tossing out every beer that doesn’t appear impeccably crystal-clear, realize that beer haze isn’t necessarily a flaw. more»

The Importance of Beer Clean Glassware

Beer clean glassware is paramount to ensure all the work that goes into creating an amazing beer isn’t ruined by a beer glass that isn’t beer clean. Learn how to clean your glassware to ensure it's ready for your favorite beers. more»

Craft Brewers Acquire 2 of 3 Medals in Mega Brewer-Dominated Light Lager Category at GABF

If there is ever a sure thing at the Great American Beer Festival competition it’s that medals in the American Lager category will most likely belong the world's global breweries. So it came as a surprise to me on Saturday morning at the GABF awards ceremony when the first two breweries named as Silver and Bronze winners in category 37 did not start with the letters B, M, C or P. more»

Only You Can Prevent Seasonal Creep

Forget Christmas in July, these days it’s Thanksgiving in August as craft beer fall seasonals seem to start hitting store shelves earlier and earlier every year. Plenty of beer enthusiasts protest, and there are few ideas on how to stop it, but seasonal creep just keeps on creepin’ on. more»