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.
Event: Am/Pro Walking Tour
When: Saturday, November 15, 11 a.m.
Where: Chicago (!)
Tickets: $30. Buy them here.
Today, I’m partnering with Good Beer Hunting‘s Michael Kiser to run my first-ever tour outside of New York City. The wrote-up:
Explore some of West Town’s best brewing secrets on an Am/Pro Homebrew Walking tour with special guest, beer writer Joshua Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course, and the inspiration behind the walking tour concept.
We’ll be visiting homebrewers on the verge of going pro, as well as a couple who have recently made the leap to commercial status. Each stop will include a presentation of the brewer’s technical set-up, approach to brewing, and free sampling of their latest recipes.
11:00a – Rob Brennan, Penrose taproom and sales rep
12:00p - BJ Pichman, brewer for Chicago’s newest start-up, Forbidden Root
1:30p – Ken Getty, CHAOS Brew Club, nationally recognized home-brew club
3:00p – Jerry Nelson of Uné Anneé, one of Chicago’s most unique new breweries
4:00p – re-convene at Cobra Lounge, 235 N Ashland Ave
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”