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. To get on my mailing list, or to host a homebrew tour stop, please email me at: josh.bernstein@gmail.com.

Next tour: Saturday, May 3

What: Manhattan-to-Williamsburg Homebrew Tour
When: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Tickets: $30. They go on sale Wednesday, April 2, at 12 p.m. Buy them here. Sorry, we’re sold out.

Today’s tour is going to be really fun. We’re going to start in Stuyvesant Town with Hayley Jensen and Stephen Durley (you might know them from Taproom No. 307). The award-winning homebrewers will be pouring brews like their Berliner weisse and other delicacies. Next, we’re strolling down to the Lower East Side to meet Jeremy Vallimont, who will be pouring a maibock, espresso stouts and a few other surprises. Lastly, we’re heading across the East River to Williamsburg, where Mary Izett will be pouring an assortment of funky, boozy fermentations that she’s perfecting for her new book.


The New York Observer: “Something’s Brewing With New York Locavores”

The Village Voice: “Beer Here! A Report From the Brooklyn Homebrewers Tour”

Grub Street: “Apartment-to-Table: A Rooftop Honey Tasting and a Homebrew Tour”

WNYC: “Beer Lovers Drink Homemade Brews in Brooklyn Living Rooms”

MetroFocus: “Brooklyn’s Brewed Awakening”


2 responses to “Homebrew Tours

  1. Geez, I had my computer queued up from 11:15 and as soon as the clock turned to noon I reloaded the page, only to have the computer say it couldn’t access the DNS server. By the time I restarted my stupid machine, they were sold out. More tours, please. Obviously there is enough demand!

    • Hmm. Looks like there are still a few tickets left in the system that people did not buy. You might want to hit refresh in a few minutes to see if they pop back up. When people don’t buy the tickets but put them in their cart, it shows up as bought. But drop me an email and I’ll put you on the waiting list. Sorry to hear about your computer troubles.

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