Annie Johnson

2013 AHA Homebrewer of the Year. Hop Whisperer. BJCP National Beer Judge

Annie Johnson is an award-winning brewer who won the prestigious American Homebrewers Association’s Homebrewer of the Year award in 2013, becoming the first woman in thirty years, and the first African American person ever to ever win the award. In 2012, she won Pilsner Urquell‘s Master Homebrewer Competition held in San Francisco, where Master Brewer Vaclav Berka said the beer tasted like he was home. After an extensive career with the California State Legislature she began working for PicoBrew, a product development company in Seattle, WA that specializes in automated brewing equipment. In addition to that work, she is a Nationally ranked judge for the Beer Judge Certification Program as well as serving proctoring and grading exams.

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Annie's Sessions

Brewing with Weird Stuff

Join Annie and Barbara as they discuss: The Champagne style (which admittedly isn’t that weird…), Brewing with hot rocks, which is tons of fun! Brewing with meats, which is definitely getting up there, Brewing with flowers and herbs  (lilac, black pepper and various peppercorn medleys, peppers) As well as an easy mashed gose that can […]



Founders Park

Welcome to MarchFest, Nelson and New Zealand’s beer flavoured festival – a celebration of music, food, fun and of course, proper beer. Our NZHC VIPs will be at the MarchFest brew-zone too. See our experts brewing, and come along to our “ask me anything” sessions running during the afternoon—your chance to put some curly questions […]