A homebrewer is an independent programmer that is not associated with a major publishing company, either creating games and/or hardware applications by themselves or with one or more homebrewers.

It is also a term used for an independent programmer that creates these applications for a "dead" game system, such as the Vectrex.

Examples of several homebrewers that make new Vectrex hardware, games and peripherals include Dan Siewers, John Dondzila, Ville Krumlinde, Michele Fiori and George Pelonis, among many others.