Homebrew Tours: Since September 2009, I’ve led tours of some of New York City’s finest homebrewers. The reason is simple: 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. By and large you’ll never get to taste of these delectable DIY suds. But here’s your chance: On this intimate homebrew tour, you and 25 strangers—soon to become drinking buddies and friends—will venture inside the homes of three of the city’s finest amateur brewers. Part voyeuristic excursion, part bar crawl, part educational class, the brewers will display set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, open up their stash of superlative beer. Try them now before these amateurs become tomorrow’s professionals. So far, SingleCut, Conner Fields, Finback, Bolero Snort and Braven have all been veterans of my homebrew tour.
When: Saturday, October 25, 1 p.m.
Where: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Tickets: $35. They go on sale Wednesday, September 24, at 12 p.m.
By and large, these spaces are rarely open to the public. But today, today we get to peek behind the brew kettles at Dirck the Norseman and Keg & Lantern, hearing how Chris Prout and PJ Allen made the leap to the big leagues. We’ll also meet the Kings County Brewers Collective, a trio of homebrewers planning to go pro. There will be plenty of beer, from IPAs to Belgian-style table beers, hoppy amber ales, witbiers, sours and, heck, whatever the brewers will dream up in the next month.
The New York Observer: “Something’s Brewing With New York Locavores”
The Village Voice: “Beer Here! A Report From the Brooklyn Homebrewers Tour”
MetroFocus: “Brooklyn’s Brewed Awakening”