Homebrew Tours

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 FieldsFinbackBolero Snort and Braven have all been veterans of my homebrew tour.

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Next tour:

WHAT: Park Slope Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Park Slope, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $30. They go on sale Thursday, August 14, at 12 p.m. 
Buy them here.  Sorry, we’re sold out.On today’s tour, we’re visiting the southern edge of Park Slope. The journey will start with BrewHeister’s Sam Burlingame, who will be pouring his Myrical Saison, something freshly hopped and hopefully some sour Dresdner Weiss, if it survives the summer. Next, we’re heading to meet homebrewing couple Shannon Bowser and Jon Luton, who will be pouring rustic farmhouse ales, a fresh-hopped session pale ale and a Brettanomyces-driven saison in their backyard. (It’s their first time hosting, so let’s give ‘em a warm welcome.) Lastly, we’re going to head down the road to check out the brand-new location of Brooklyn Homebrew. Think: warehouse. Loads of beer. Good times. Today is going to be excellent. And there might be surprises too!

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