AHA’s Big Brew Day 2013 Recap and 2014 Recipes

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AHA’s Big Brew for National Homebrew Day

2013 Big Brew Recap


  • Events: 383
  • Participants: 8,500
  • Batches Made: 2,200
  • Gallons Brewed: 17,000
  • Participating States: 49
  • Participating Countries: 14


May 3, 2014

Celebrate National Homebrew Day

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day.  The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in  May.

North Shore Brewing Supply is hosting your local Big Brew event, so invite your friends and family, gather around the brew kettle and join in the global celebration of the greatest hobby there is —homebrewing!


2014 Official Recipes

In anticipation of the 2014 National Homebrew Competition, the 2014 Big Brew Recipes are all gold medal winners from last year’s competition in BJCP categories 10- Pale Ale, 13- Stout, and 4- Dark Lager.

Regal Pale Ale – All Grain

Regal Pale Ale – Extract

Heath and Eileen Haynes won category 10 in last year’s National Homebrew Competition for their Regal Pale Ale, a beer that Heath was inspired to brew while stopping in the Naples Restaurant to order a Drifter Pale Ale from Widmer Brothers on a trip to Disney World several years ago.

Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout – All Grain

Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout – Extract

Pat Craddock grew his own Chinook and East Kent Goldings hops to brew this recipe for an Imperial Stout. Pat notes that any Phish fans out there will know where the inspiration for the name of the beer comes from!

Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier – All Grain

Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier – Extract

Jeffrey Lewis took home the gold medal in the 2013 National Homebrew Competition for this stellar recipe for Schwarzbier, which is a German dark lager. Schwarzbier has never made an appearance as a recipe for Big Brew in the past, and the AHA is proud to highlight this exciting style to homebrewers around the world!

AHA Brew Day


Boxing & Beer for Brains


Please join North Shore Brewing Supply and Title Boxing in Northbrook for an exhilarating fundraising event!

I am excited to be able to be a part of a fundraiser for brain tumor research with Title Boxing Club – Northbrook, and know the funds we raise will help the future of research and allow us to have better answers for future generations.  Join us on Friday, May 16th from 5:30-8:30 pm for what will surely be a great time. Start the night by getting a workout in and swinging away on  one of Title’s 60 heavy bags as an instructor guides you through an energetic and fun-filled class. Then rehydrate with some of the freshest and finest quality brews you will never be able to buy! North Shore Brewing Supply will be supplying samples of homebrew for you to enjoy after the class. This wonderful experience can be yours with a minimum donation of $25. Sign up for the event here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boxing-and-beer-for-brains-tickets-11253825495. Sign up now as space is limited! Please feel free to donate even if you do not want to take the class or sample the homebrew. Any donation will help us reach our $1800 goal! Let’s knock out brain tumors!!!  http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/goto/BoxingandBeerforBrains

Bucket Club!

Bucket Club!

Next time you are in, ask about our bucket club.
A convenient way to save money on your brewing ingredients.
While supplies last, buy a bucket with our logo on it for $15 and save 10% on all in stock ingredients. Take it home with you and use it for what you like (sanitizing bucket, a home for your cat, a cereal bowl, whatever), then bring it back to use as your sleek and sexy shopping bag while here.
Only available until buckets run out! Limited quantity…get it now!
Because we like you and want you to save your hard earned cash while also getting the chance to see you more often.


Our shop page is now live!

You can now search our inventory and place orders online for local delivery or in-store pickup.  We will roll out a shipping option in the near future.

Thanks for your continued support! And remember, all beer ingredient kits are on sale this week.