Learn to Homebrew with Brooklyn Brew Shop
Once most beer fans have conquered tasting, exploring and pairing, the next step is obvious: do it yourself. Unfortunately, not everyone knows a professional brewer or experienced home brewer to walk them through the process. And while reading a book or following a recipe will usually tell you exactly what to do, there’s nothing quite like being able to watch someone else do it. Seeing how things look as you go along can be a great help to making your very own beer at home.
So if you don’t have that experienced friend to guide you along, the local food heroes at DiBruno Bros. are here to help, teaming up with Brooklyn Brew Shop to present a class from noon to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 20 at DiBruno’s Center City market (1730 Chestnut Street) to show you everything you need to know about making your own beer on your stovetop. Brooklyn Brew’s owners and founders Erica Shea and Stephen Valand—authors of Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches—will be on hand to teach the class and answer any questions a budding home brewer may have.
The class, as well, will have more benefits than simply learning how to brew your own beer. Erica and Stephen will be sampling some of their seasonally-inspired fall beers, including their Bourbon Dubbel, a dark Belgian ale brewed with oak chips soaked in bourbon. The beers will also be paired with DiBruno Bros. fantastic selection of cheeses. If only every class could be finished with a beer and cheese pairing.
In addition to being able to drink beer, eat cheese, and learn how to brew your own beer, the Brooklyn Brew Shop duo will have copies of their book for sale as well as their stovetop brew kits—designed especially for spacially-challenged New York City apartments—and seasonally inspired ingredient mixes. After a little drink and a nosh, you’ll be able to pick up everything you need to go directly home and start brewing your own beer immediately.
If you find out you want a little more, you can follow Brooklyn Brew Shop on Twitter and Facebook. And if you don’t have the money right now—or want to add that perfect beer-making kit to your Christmas list—everything they are offering at the class, and much more, is available on their website. So while you may not be in the market for a brew kit just yet, you can still learn about it and keep that knowledge for later because trust me: the brewing bug will bite you eventually, and you’ll want to be prepared.