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 their 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. To get on my mailing list, or host a homebrew tour stop, please email me at: josh.bernstein[at]gmail.com.
Next tour: Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m
On today’s tour, we’re going to visit a trio of homebrewers in Bushwick. First, we’re going to meet Cole Emde and Jacqueline von Tesmar, who will be pouring a robust porter, a Citra-hopped pale ale and a saison dosed with Sorachi Ace hops. Next, we’re going to visit Brooklyn Homebrew’s Bahiyyih Comeau, who will be serving an oatmeal brown, several single-hop pale ales and a Belgian blonde. Lastly, we’re going to visit Ryan McMahon, who should have some sublime IPAs, hopped-up brown ales and other treats on tap. Bonus: Since the homebrew tour takes place the day after the SAVOR beer-and-food fest, we’re going to wrap up the event with a BBQ! Expect plenty of kielbasa, spicy Italian sausages and vegetarian delights as well. Note: the tickets cost an extra $5, which will cover the food.
Tickets: $35. They will go on sale Thursday, May 23, at 12 p.m.
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”
Northern Brewer (video):