Been Thinking About Homebrewing? No More Excuses With D-I-Y In-Loft Class

2s-2There are typically three kinds of craft beer lovers:

  1. Those who brew;
  2. Those who don’t brew;
  3. Those who would like to brew but don’t because of [insert relevant “good excuse” here]

If you’re like me, you fall into the third category. I’ve brewed beer, but I never really got into it for three main reasons:

  1. Unlike many New Yorkers, I cook most of the meals for me and my family, and brewing beer is just more cooking.
  2. Like many single parents, I do nearly all the cleaning, and brewing beer is just more cleaning.
  3. As a typical Brooklyn resident, I have a small kitchen and almost no storage space, so I cannot possibly fathom brewing beer at home.

When I brewed beer, it was at Bitter & Esters, which solved all three of the above excuses but isn’t particularly convenient, as I don’t live anywhere near its Prospect Heights location (nor near easy transit to get there). And when it comes to a typically crazy NYC life, convenience is probably the umbrella excuse for why many of us who would like to brew never really get around to brewing.

Well, as if answering a prayer, the great owner/brewers behind Brooklyn Brew Shop, Erica Shea and Stephen Valand, are hosting a Beer Making Class on Wednesday, May 28th, and they’re using a regular stove top just like you would in your own apartment! Now you, too, can learn from some of the best brew peeps (they recently started selling their beers in small batches, collaborating with 508 Gastrobrewery) and actually see how to brew in a typical Brooklyn space.

Not sure how to keep your equipment sterile when you have cats? I’m guessing they’ll help you out with that. How to cool your wort in the world’s smallest sink? I’ll bet they have a bathtub/shower solution for your problem. Afraid you’ll have to hire a personal arranger specialist just to find a safe place to store your bottles while they ferment? If anyone can solve your most aggrieved apartment issues, it’s gonna be Erica and Stephen.

While there are lots of “Beer 101” classes available, this is one of the first I’ve seen that addresses brewing in an authentic living space. If you have brewed before or not, there will be a bunch of cool people checking out this class, enjoying some Brooklyn Brew Shop beers (they’ll be pouring Strawberry Rhubarb Strong Ale and Six Hop IPA), eating snacks, and mingling with other beer-loving folks.

Oh, and did I mention that for $40 they’ll even throw in a copy of their new book? You’ll leave with a head full of stove-top brew-making knowledge, a full belly of food and beer, and your very own signed copy of Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. The book features more than 30 original recipes inspired by the couple’s travels to popular craft breweries from all over the world, including Goose Island in Chicago, Ommegang and Brooklyn Brewery in New York, Ranger Creek in Texas, and many more.


Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Beer Making Class
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM) – $40 ticket here
Address will be sent upon purchase.

Hope to see you there!


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