beer or other alcoholic beverage made at home.

Origin of home-brew

First recorded in 1850–55
Related formshome-brewed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for home-brew

Contemporary Examples of home-brew

Historical Examples of home-brew

  • "I wonder what brand of home-brew made him think of that," said Linda.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • With us in Scotland it was good oatcakes and home-brew––and the air.

    The Eye of Dread

    Payne Erskine

  • But he failed to say whether it would be in the river or in home-brew.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Bubble Bugs blow their froth only when immature, and their bodies are a distillery or home-brew of sorts.

    Edge of the Jungle

    William Beebe

  • Some of the young sports laughingly insisted that Dinty's home-brew was in a fair way of making the city famous.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for home-brew



a beer or other alcoholic drink brewed at home rather than commercially
Canadian informal a professional football player who was born in Canada and is not an import
Derived Formshome-brewed, adjective
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