Is the world going to hell in a handbasket? Relax, have a homebrew!


There’s a lot going on in the world that sucks. Global financial crisis. Climate change. Water and energy shortages. Rising beer prices. What single thing can you do to address all of these problems? Brew beer! By homebrewing you can enjoy extremely local, affordable, and sustainable beer that requires less energy, water, and money than your favorite local microbrew.

You may be intimidated by the complexity of brewing, but rest assured, it really isn’t that tough to make great homebrew that will save you some money and make your tastebuds happy. With some basic supplies, inexpensive equipment, and a bunch of leftover bottles you’ll be on your way to saving the world and impressing your friends and family with your awesome new hobby – homebrewing!

Stacy Westbrook

Affiliation interactive designer, soccer player, homebrewer, nerd

Stacy is an interactive designer and principal at a small design agency in Portland, but most importantly she’s a big fan of beer. She’s been homebrewing for seven years and has made everything from Irish stouts to ales to mead to cider. Stacy started the BrewedGirl blog in the spring of 2008 to share her beer adventures, mishaps, and ideas with anyone who cares to read about it. She recently served five kinds of homebrew at her wedding and nobody died!