Homebrewing Made Easy!

May 18, 2012

I’ve taken the intro homebrewing class at Bitter & Esters then brewed my first beer on premises there. I’ve always been a shy of homebrewing in my tiny NYC apartment, so it was awesome to craft the beer at the store. Johnny, one of the owners, was a huge help with suggestions on the recipe and kept an eye on the process. The fact that all the ingredients are there at the shop, at a good price and fresh, made it so easy to pick out the malts and grains. I know they get shipments of wet hops when in season, so I’m planning on brewing with them sometime. They keep the store clean and had all the equipment sanitized… best part of the process is they do the clean up at the end as well.

There’s very much a DYI feel to the store, which is exactly what I want from a homebrew shop. Both Johnny and Douglas always seem happy to chat and are knowledgeable about all aspects of beer making. I know they’ve been getting into wine making and kombucha too. I highly recommend signing up for a class there or dropping by and talking to them if you’ve ever thought about homebrewing anything.