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Learn more about the growth in homebrewing

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With the craft beer industry growing feverishly, the homebrewing is growing also. Here’s some interesting news, based on a survey sent by the AHA (American Homebrewing Association) to local homebrew supply shops.

Here are some local shops:

Beer Wine Hobby
155 New Boston St # T, Woburn, MA 01801-6297
(781) 933-8818

A&G Homebrew Supply
165 High St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 767-8235

Modern Homebrew Emporium
2304 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
(617) 498-0400

Homebrew Store
651 Broadway Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01832.
(978) 372-6987

If you haven’t got felt the homebrewing bug, than you are missing out. Stop by your local homebrew shop and pick up a kit.


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Results Indicate Growth, Increased Diversity

Boulder, CO • July, 2011—For the second consecutive year, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) conducted a survey of homebrew supply shops. The 2011 survey, conducted in the spring, saw a dramatic increase in respondents—67 percent increase over 2010’s survey. Across the board, the results indicate that homebrewing is growing consistently, leading to a more diverse demographic of homebrewers and new shops catering to local enthusiasts.

Overall, homebrew supply shops grew 16 percent in gross revenue in 2010, which matches the previous year’s growth rate and reflects a steadily increasing demand for the ingredients and equipment needed to brew at home. Additionally, 82 percent of shops saw an increase in sales of beginner kits in 2010, another strong indicator of the growing interest in the hobby.

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Also of note, 43 percent of retailers indicate that the most common age group for beginner equipment purchasers is those under 30., which points to homebrewing’s widening demographic. AHA Director Gary Glass explains: “Traditionally a hobby dominated by middle-aged males, the influx of younger homebrewers bodes well for the future of the pastime.” In that same vein, on an anecdotal basis, shops surveyed indicated that they saw the numbers of female homebrewers gradually ticking upwards.

With growing demand for homebrew supplies and equipment, homebrew shops are responding to the trend and benefiting from the growth. In 2010, 25 percent of shops indicated they’d been open for three years or less, showing that many new shops are springing up to meet the needs of homebrewers in underserved regions and towns.

The AHA will continue to conduct this survey annually to track industry trends and to supply retailers with data relevant to their businesses. Future surveys will incorporate suggestions from retailers on additional data they would find useful.


The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 25,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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