With only 30 or so spots on my homebrew tours, it’s tough to accommodate everyone that would like to attend. And that is where Chip Walton comes in play. Walton, who runs the excellent online show Chop & Brew (homebrew lovers, check it out), was on hand to chronicle a Brooklyn tour that took place in September. Settle in with a good beer and check it out.
What time is it? Homebrew time! Here are the details on my latest tour. Hurry up: Tickets are going fast.
WHAT: Carroll Gardens Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Buy them here. Sorry, we already sold out. Please stay tuned for the next tour.
On today’s walking tour, we’re starting off by visiting Jason Sahler, who is planning the forthcoming Strong Rope Brewery. In time for hop-harvest season, he’ll be brewing a few fresh-hop beers–most likely a session white IPA with local wheat and a few other treats.
Next, we’re headed down the road to meet Isaac Deutsch, who will be pouring a smoky Rauchbier, pale ale and perhaps a coffee stout.
Lastly, we’re going to finish up in Simon Tepas’ backyard. At this year’s National Homebrew Competition, Simon won a silver medal for his rye-fueled double IPA. Today, he’ll be serving a red IPA, hoppy wheat beer and tastes of his sour beers and burly aged Belgian quads.
Today’s tour will be a doozy and, for some of you, take you places you’ve never been in New York. We’re going to start in Roosevelt Island at the home of Brian Craine, who makes IPAs that’ll knock your socks off. Next, we’re going to take the tram (!) to Manhattan, then catch a bus to the Upper East Side. There, we’re going to visit The Brahery–that is, Marc Gorfinkle and Andrew Blazaitis, who have a top-notch brown IPA and several golden strong ales. In addition, I’m going to break out the just-released batch of Sam Adams’ head-spinning Utopias. Lastly, were going to stroll around the corner to visit Kyle Leingang, who will have treats like a rye-infused Belgian tripel and maple-pecan barley wine.
WHAT: Manhattan and Roosevelt Island Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Manhattan and Roosevelt Island
$30. Tickets to go on sale Tuesday, November 13, 11 a.m. Um, tickets sold out in 30 minutes. That was fast.
What a doofus.
Despite New York’s gnat-size apartments, NYC homebrewers refuse to let space limitations detract them from their mission: crafting some of the city’s tastiest beer. On this tour, you’ll venture inside the homes of three of the city’s finest amateur brewers, who will display their set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, open up their stash of superlative beer.
On November 3, we’re going to be swinging through Williamsburg and Greenpoint. We’re starting at the loft of ace homebrewers Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett, before making our way down the road to meet Chris Prout (of Brouwerij Lane) and Jeff Quinn. Today’s list is shaping up to be amazing: sours, meads, kvass, Brettanomyces-dosed beers, a hibiscus pale ale and likely an IPA or two as well.
There will be three stops in all with around 10 beers to sample. And it’ll all be on foot!
WHAT: Brooklyn Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Williamsburg and Greenpoint
TICKETS: $30. Buy them here.
Look at me! I’m on TV! For their latest video, the terrific Minnesota homebrew shop Northern Brewer invited me into their studio to do an interview about Brewed Awakening, as well as my homebrew tours. P.S. If you’re interested, I still have a handful of tickets available for my Homebrew Hullabaloo on September 22. Buy ‘em here!
Three years ago, the folks at NYC Craft Beer Week asked me to lead a tour. I called a few homebrewer friends, set an itinerary and the Homebrew Tour was born. I thought it would be fun to give people a peek into their world, to let tour takers try these beers and learn what makes the brewers tick and decide to brew in these tiny, tiny apartments.
The tour was supposed to be a one-off. But after the first one, attendees asked, “When’s the next tour?” So I did a second tour, then a third tour, then dozens more. Which brings me to today.
For Homebrew Hullabaloo, it’s time to celebrate the tour’s third anniversary. On Saturday, September 22, from 2pm to 6pm, We’re taking over the backyard at Goodbye Blue Monday, my favorite Bushwick gallery/music venue/bar/offbeat community space. I’ve enlisted 12 of my favorite homebrewers to make special batches especially for the event. In addition to boatloads of beer, you’ll be well fed too. Each attendee will receive one of the following: Burger and fries, Portobello burger and fries, Deluxe grilled cheese and fries, Veggie chili.
There will also be music. And surprises! So many surprises. Can’t wait to share a beer with everyone.
Tickets are $30 and available here.
On Saturday, April 7, my next Brooklyn-based homebrew tour will take us from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where we’ll meet SustainaBrew’s Jason Sahler. Next, we’ll hit excellent Prospect Heights homebrewer Keith McCullum. Lastly, we’re wrapping up at my apartment down the block. Am I pouring my own beers? Nope: I’m importing New Jersey’s in-the-works Bolero Snort brewery and having them pour beers at my place. Three all-new brewers. This is going to be a blast.
Three stops in all with 10-plus beers to sample. And I may pour samples from my booze credenza. Yes, my booze credenza.
Tickets are on sale now. There are only 25 slots and, as always, they sell out in a jiffy. Click here to purchase them.
Hurry up! They’re selling out quickly. Sorry, we’re sold out.