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

The Not-So-Obvious Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest style has had quite an identity crisis throughout history. Andy Sparhawk takes a look at the development of the style since the first Oktoberfest in 1810 and how American craft brewers have reacted to beer lovers' evolving tastes. more»

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»