Though microbrewers celebrate limited flavor runs and regional ingredients, they still need much of the same equipment as the big brewers to concoct their craft beers. That's where The Cellar Homebrew comes in, outfitting winemakers, brewers, and cidersmiths with the equipment and ingredients needed to make their drinks. The store's owners??who boast more than 30 years of experience and a past line of fine wines??collect organic ingredients such as hops and yeast and sell them alongside fermentation equipment, keg systems, and cleaning supplies. They even offer one-hour on-location classes to instruct people in the basics of beer brewing. In addition to supplying items for alcoholic beverages, they also hawk basic supplies for cheese-, soda-, and vinegar-making, all of which go well over lettuce.
Even if you drank a beer every day, it would take more than a year to sample The Beer Authority's entire supply. The shop's fridges stock more than 400 craft beers from local and international breweries, while a rotating selection of new and seasonal brews fills its 13 taps. Those, in turn, fill to-go growlers and kegs, which can hold up to 120 pints, perfect for stocking end-of-the-world party bunkers. Taps also top off pints at The Beer Authority's bar, where they can be enjoyed on an outdoor patio, over games of foosball, or during sporting events shown on four flat-screen televisions. The bar also welcomes food from outside vendors, as well as any well-behaved dogs.
At Pre-Dating's speed-dating events up to 24 mingle-ready singles and hopeless romantics converge for a gender-balanced evening of abbreviated rendezvous and private duologues. Focusing especially on the needs of busy professionals, Pre-Dating's events are always split evenly between men and women attendees, ensuring a balanced, one-to-one ratio for dates and spirited bouts of Red Rover. During the two-hour verbal waltz, daters chat with individual counterparts for six minutes at a time. Then, at the end of the event, guests complete and turn in a score sheet that divides potential suitors from the rest. After reviewing the score sheets, Pre-Dating will supply each attendee with the email addresses of matches who said "Yes," allowing pairs to fan the flames of love or a roaring dumpster fire during a follow-up date.