MILWAUKEE – Jason Rohloff is an avid home brewer, but only COVID-19 can explain his recent output.
Rohloff, a 40-year-old manufacturing manager from Cudahy, has brewed 100 gallons of beer since the pandemic started. That’s more than what he would typically make in eight or nine months.
“I have beer now that I don’t what to do with, I brewed so much,” Rohloff said. “I can’t imagine the circumstance is unique to a lot of people.”
The Brewers Association, which includes the American Homebrewers Association, counts 1.2 million home brewers in the country, but hasn’t tracked new brewers since the pandemic began.
However, those who sell home-brewing equipment in Milwaukee say there is definitely a surge.
“There’s nothing to do but drink beer and brew beer,” said Ben Caya, owner of Milwaukee-based Spike Brewing.
He’s kidding, but Spike, which makes premium equipment for brewing at home, saw its best two