Monday, June 15, 2009

Home Brewers Rejoice!

Blue Smoke Ale
While I was at The Brooklyn Beer Experiment, I picked up a card letting me know that 1) Brooklyn is lacking in home brewing stores, and 2) two chefs are trying to do something about this! Though I have never tried to home brew anything, I know folks who have and assumed there was some store they were acquiring their hops and barley from. Apparently not.

Lots of beer
Benjamin and Danielle, two chefs, are looking to open Brooklyn's only homebrewing supply store complete with equipment, malts, hops, yeast, basically everything I'll need to make my first brew. Danielle,a Brooklynite, met Benjamin, whose from Michigan, at cooking school. Both worked together for eight years in Chicago, before deciding three years ago that Brooklyn really is the place to be. Of course, necessity is the mother of invention, and the idea for this store came out of their own need. In order to homebrew, they could only buy equipment either in Staten Island or Flushing, or off the internet. Ridiculous! Every other hip major city has homebrewing stores, why shouldn't we? And word was born. Hopefully the store will be up and running before the end of the year.

Though they don't have a space yet, they do have a blog, www.brooklynhomebrew.blogspot.com. I know I'll be checking back often, and so should you.

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