• Bringing beer culture

    Slide 1
  • to the Big Country

    Slide 2
  • one brew at a time.

    Slide 3


The Big Country Homebrewers are a group of brewers who support a responsible love for craft brewed beer and the brewing process. Men and women age 21 years and older are encouraged to join and participate in all club activities. Activities include special themed gatherings, club competitions, brewing demonstrations, technical clinics and homebrew or commercial beer tastings.

We are sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and plan to participate in many AHA sanctioned events throughout the years to come. We provide instruction and information into the brewing process, its history, beer styles and just craft brewing in general. Several of our members are award-winning homebrewers and have a wealth of knowledge in the homebrewing hobby. Members of the Big Country Homebrewers hope to form lasting friendships and to stimulate a love for handcrafted beer in the Big Country.

About Us


Big Country Homebrewers Association was founded by homebrewers Jeff Bell and Brian Cokonougher in late 2007 to promote the hobby to the greater Abilene area and to educate for the betterment of craft beer. Since that inception, Big County Homebrewers Association has continually grown its membership and is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and is now operating under a constitution created by, and voted on by its members.

We generally meet about once per month to discuss club business, to learn and to teach about brewing great beer, and to share in our success as brewers. Many of our members enjoy homebrew competitions not only for the challenge of the competition but also as a means to learn how to make better beer and, as a group, we have a wealth of knowledge to offer the newcomer and experienced brewer alike.



Individual: $20 per year
Family: $30 per year


  • Homebrewing Support
  • Ingredient discounts at Texas Brewing Inc.
  • Participation in bulk grain orders
  • Participation in club competitions
  • Participation in special/rare beer tastings at meetings.

Club events


2015 Club competitions


2) Wheat Beer - Due 5/9
Looks to styles 6D, Cat 15, and 16A for guidance but the grist must consist of at least 50% wheat and will be judged on the 2008 BJCP style guidelines.

3) Clone Beer - Due 9/12
This will be open to any beer brewed as a clone to a commercial beer. Judging will be based on entries most closely resembling the commercial example in aroma, appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel.

4) Big Beer - Due 12/12
Looking for high gravity beers with original gravity starting at 1.075 or higher. Please declare an appropriate style per 2008 BJCP guidelines.

2008 BJCP Style Guidlines

** As in years past please provide 2 bottles per entry with $2 to receive score sheets. Please use club competition forms and labels found on the forum. There is a limit of 3 entries per brewer and most of the due dates correspond with club meetings to make it easier to submit.

Contact Us