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

Is Skunky Beer This Summer’s It Beer?

Skunky beer is caused by ultraviolet light, specifically UVB wavelengths, that split apart the alpha-acid molecules from hops. While usually considered an off-flavor, in the right beer styles, at the right levels, some beer drinkers enjoy it. more»

So You’re Marrying a Beer Geek

Brewers Association staff share how they integrated craft beer into their wedding celebrations to help beer geeks plan their big day. more»

Colorado: Fish Tales and Pale Ales

As a Colorado native, Andy Sparhawk likes to combine two of his favorite hobbies, fly fishing and colorado craft beer. Here are his suggestions for a few of his favorite fishing spots and the craft breweries nearby. more»