Win This Just Released Homebrewing Book

by Billy Broas

I’m excited to announce a new book that I had a hand in writing: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer

Last spring I was approached to help out with a homebrewing book and leapt at the offer. I joined a great beer team of Michael Agnew, Denny Conn, Matthew Schaefer, and Jordan Wiklund. The book just came out and yes I’m pretty biased, but I’m sure everyone who buys it will agree that it’s fantastic.

It’s essentially a “clone brew” book, but much better than that. The recipes came from the actual brewers. The other authors and I worked with the brewers to adapt the recipes to a five-gallon homebrew batch.The result? You can brew some of America’s favorite commercial beers on your own.

I don’t see the table of contents listed anywhere so I’ll go ahead and tell you that there are 38 recipes in the book including such favorites as: Odell 90 Shilling, Stone Levitation Ale, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Funkwerks Saison, Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat, and The Bruery Saison Rue.

Win a copy

Good news – I’ve got three copies to give away to BillyBrew readers!

How to win:

  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling us a great beer you’ve had recently. The deadline to leave a comment is Sunday January 26th, at 10pm MT. I’ll pick three winners at random and notify them via email, plus I’ll update this post. Then I’ll ship the winners their books.

Good luck! And if you don’t win, pick one up anyways! Your beer-drinking friends will thank you.

Craft Beer For the Homebrewer Book

Great looking book, and yes, Nugget Nectar is in there!

Update: The Winners

And now for the winners. Chosen at random for the comments below, the winners are:

Congrats guys! I will be in touch via email to get your shipping addresses. Thanks to everyone for participating. I have a TON of new beers to try now. Hope you all enjoy the book.


{ 179 comments… read them below or add one }

Ed Conroy January 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Congratulations on the book. I am attempting my first Homebrew with a set up given to me as a birthday gift. My brother has been home brewing for a few years now and shares my love for craft beers. Every time I go to the distributor I buy something I have had and like and buy something new to try and this fall I tried and fell in love with Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale.


Joby January 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Finally reviewed Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013); it’s now my favorite dark beer. Now, if only I could discipline myself to save one to let age for a couple of years….


sean January 25, 2014 at 5:46 am

Monocacy Riot Rye!


Sean January 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

Other than my own, my favorite lately has been nothing rare – but a hometown pleasure, Brawler from Yards Brewing in Philly.


Jeffrey Davis January 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

I have had the pleasure of drinking Maple Bacon Coffee Porter by Funky Buddha Brewery.
If you have heard of it, I am sure you’ve heard great things. If you haven’t heard of it, it is NOTHING like that stuff from Rogue in a pink bottle.
Sweet maple aroma with a hint of smoke flavor followed by a roasty coffee deliciousness.


Brett January 25, 2014 at 9:41 am

I just had Central Waters’ Exudus wild sour ale last night at O’So Brewing Tap Room. Delightful!

Looking forward to the book.


Jake January 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

Last night I tried Lagunitas Sucks on a tip from a friend and this stuff is tasty. Would be awesome if this clone was included in the book.


DD January 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

I recently tried Boulevard Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Quad..loved it!


Paul Juster January 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

Yesterday I had North Coast Old Rasputin on NITRO!!! It was awesome! It was so silky smooth and had a velvety mouth feel.
Hoping to start home brewing soon, now that I have a little more space!



Larry Hammonds January 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Congrats! on the book and thanks for sharing your experience and info. Being a longtime home brewer I really appreciate craft brews and the guys who “brew out side kettle”. I recently have had Deschutes Imperial Smoked Porter and it it fantastic also 10 Barrel/Stone/Bluejacket collaboration beer Suede imperial porter may be better than my roasted Serrano pepper and pineapple IPA.

Thanks again for sharing.


Ian stringer January 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I am an avid homebrewer and beer dork , recently I tried hop ranch from victory I was extremely interested to try this beer brewed with azacka hops and was greatly surprised by the wonderfull light nuances of the beer while giving my mouth a punch of hops.but I think my favorite beer as of recently is my own homebrewed coconut porter


jason Jespersen January 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm

just had a Robert the Bruce from Three Floyds. Lagunitas LSS is one of my favorites. I hope to win, but I will still buy a couple of copies.


Brian January 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I went to a Goose Island night at a local Harry’s Hofbrau, which included their new Bourbon County Barleywine. But my friend wanted to compare to their original Barleywine, King Henry, so he pulled a bottle out of his cellar and brought it to share with us. It was a great experience to try them side by side like that and see how they varied. I liked King Henry better as a Barleywine, but liked the character the bourbon county barrel added to the new recipe.


Angela Anderson January 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Downtown Brown, by North Coast. It’s complex and smooth. The toastiness and fruity esters are very well balanced.


meredith January 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm

My friend tyson made an apricot beer that was awesome!


Pat J January 26, 2014 at 7:34 am

I tried Beer Engineers Leadbelly Peanut Butter Porter, surprisingly tasty


Mark Vonderschmitt January 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

Sweetwater Folklore Foreign Stout. Waitress had me when said it was “dark, dark,”. Deep and rich doesn’t do it justice. Very tasty brew. Had it with a brisket pizza. Good pairing.


Paul January 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

I made a bavarian wheat beer, throw in a slice of lemon sweet. Being a Oregon home brewer I also tried a Portland Brewing Company Cream Porter last night, was pleasantly surprised.


Paul January 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I made a bavarian wheat beer, throw in a slice of lemon sweet.


Brad January 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Nice work! I just had a cellared Dogfish Head 120. It was beautiful after one year. Hopefully, I can raise my homebrew skills and clone one of these monsters.


Trey January 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA. Had it a few days ago and it was delicious just as I remember it three years ago!


Ben M January 27, 2014 at 12:22 am

Sinebrychoff Porter (from Finland)!


Tony Owen January 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

I really enjoyed this beer from the U.K. “Banana Bread”. Not overly sweet with a faint hint of the banana bread flavor. Enjoy this ice cold..and only drink a couple.


Sheppy January 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Well, I didn’t win. Congrats to the winners.

I’m curious … it looks like this is not available in Kindle or Nook format. Any idea when (if?) this will be available in an e-book format?


Billy Broas January 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Good question Sheppy, I’ll find out.


Ke3n January 30, 2014 at 5:22 am

Got the book yesterday!!! Thanks, it looks great. Lots of good information.


Sheppy March 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

Any update on when (if?) this might be available in e-book format? (Kindle or Nook).


Billy Broas March 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

Great news – it’s being released as an e-book any day now! Keep an eye out for it:


Spencer @ Beer. Online. Buy! March 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I hope that craft beer book becomes available in Australia. It looks pretty good!


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