Welcome to the State of Franklin Homebrewer’s Club!
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The State of Franklin Homebrewers was established in 1995 to bring together homebrewers of the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia. We like to rotate meetings between different locations so we are always in search of new venues. Check the Events Calendar page for meeting dates & locations, or to join or renew by mail.
Come on out and join us at our next meeting. See the notice at the top right side of the page for info on meeting time and location. We welcome all interested parties at our meetings, and especially those who are homebrewers from other areas of the country. Stop by for a visit if you are in the area.
Our meetings are rather informal. We have more than 50 members at several different stages of the homebrewing hobby. Some have brewed dozens (or even hundreds) of batches; others have brewed fewer; and some have brewed none, but are anxiously awaiting their first opportunity. We have all-grainers, partial mashers, and extract brewers, as well as non-brewing beer lovers. Everyone usually brings their latest brews, commercial microbrews, or some appetizers to the meeting to share with everyone else. We begin conducting our business promptly at 7:00 pm, usually taking only 15 minutes or so. That is followed by any scheduled programs/events in parallel with (but isolated from) a general sharing of homebrews, commercial brews, and socializing.
If you want to learn how to brew, or advance your existing brewing knowledge, then you’ve come to the right place. We did a member survey several years ago when we had about 15 members, and between us we had about 75 years of brewing experience, 30 or more of which was all-grain experience. We have several medal winners amongst ourselves, and we hold a beginner brewing class every year on the first Saturday of November. We also encourage members wishing to increase their knowledge to pair up with some more experienced brewers during their brewing sessions to experience more advanced techniques. Just ask one of the more experienced members if you can participate in their next brew session – most likely you will be very welcome as we love to brew with friends. We hope to be doing more focused topics about brewing in our meetings, so stay tuned for information on the Event Calendar!