About Billy Broas

Billy Broas is beer guy – drinking it, making it, and writing about it. He publishes a beer blog at BillyBrew.com and runs an online course that teaches people how to homebrew, called The Homebrew Academy.

Denver Startup Provides Safe Haven for Your Beer and Wine

Wine Storage Locker corkscrews

After a pint of Cherry Kriek at the Strange Brewing tap room, I head east three blocks to a warehouse on 12th Avenue. At the top of the stairs, I swipe my card through the card reader at the door. Across the tasting room is another door, which leads into a chilly 5,000 sq. ft. […]

Wagon Team Takes 2nd Place in Deschutes Scavenger Hunt

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We snapped pictures in the  Teddy Roosevelt suite, hugged the big blue bear, and spewed one-liners in front of Comedy Works. These were a few of the missions that 4 of us Wagon writers plus Hop Press writer Brian Leplla completed during the Deschutes Base Camp scavenger hunt.  Base Camp is described as ”A multi-venue, multi-event celebration of […]

Colorado Brings Home 44 GABF Medals and the Most Gold

Crabtree Silver Medal

Colorado wins at beer, period. The Centennial State brought home 44 medals at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival, and only California brought home more with 51. Here are the top 5 states by medals won: California – 51 Colorado – 44 Oregon – 15 Illinois – 12 Indiana & Washington – 10 (TIE) […]

A Look at the Colorado Beer Map

Colorado Beer Map

Living in a premier beer state like Colorado does have its drawbacks. With close to 150 breweries, it’s easy to lose track track of them and even drive right past one without knowing it. Another beer opportunity lost. Ok so it’s not a bad problem to have, but why not get a guide to help […]

GABF Tickets on Sale for AHA and BA Members

Great American Beer Festical 2011 Denver

The big event is getting closer. If you’re a member of the American Homebrewers Association or Brewer’s Association, you can now purchase your tickets to the Great American Beer Festival. Reasons to get tickets during the Members-only pre-sale: Access to the members-only entrance, meaning a shorter wait in line Access to the members-only session on […]

#BrewDEN is Heading to Hops & Pie

BrewDEN Meetup Group

On Sunday, April 17th, the #BrewDEN meetup group will be attending Hops and Pie for their “Littlest Big Beer Fest” featuring Left Hand Brewing Company. If you’re not familiar with #BrewDEN, it’s a Denver meetup group for craft beer lovers. We meet once per month and have visited Denver’s finest beer establishments including: Breckendridge Brewery […]

Denver County Fair Homebrew Competition

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Think your homebrew beats anyone else’s in town? Well now you can prove it at the first ever  Denver County Fair. Only July 28-31, 2011 the fair will host a homebrew competition sponsored by Great Divide Brewery. In fact, if you’re a craftsman in general there are currently 105 competitions listed on the website. The […]

The Birth of a Denver Homebrew Club

Denver Homebrew Club Kickoff Meeting

They came from all different backgrounds, but they were all there for the beer. Or beer making, that is. The February meeting at the Rackhouse Pub marked the first official meeting for Denver’s newest homebrew club, simply named DenverHBC. I went there not knowing what to expect. All I knew was that if my buddies […]