A cupboard of hand-blown glass flagons is only a half achievement without hand-hopped lagers and ales to fill them. DIY brewers can celebrate St. Patty's day by purchasing today's Groupon for a home brewing class and a complete home brewing kit for $49 from Beer and Wine Hobby in Woburn (a $102 value). Beer classes are offered on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon with specific scheduled dates in April and May and new classes being added all the time. Be sure to call and register for your class in advance. You can either pick up your kit beforehand or get it at the class.
Beer and Wine Hobby's 90-minute Introductory Home Brewing Class ($35) at its warehouse store location transforms the semi-casual beer enthusiast into a true-blue beer scientist capable of crafting his or her own bottled buddies. This class will teach you the flavor properties of malts, hops, and yeast; the differences between ales, lagers, porters, and energy drinks; and how to properly and sanitarily use a home brewing system to create a basic extract recipe. Brewers will come away knowing how to bottle their own amber ichors and dominate beer-pong competitors with a thorough understanding of the victory ales they swig.
Once you've become a full-fledged froth farmer, you can show off your sudsy skills to family and bemused pets with a home brewing kit ($67). Ale-crafters take home a fermenting bucket with spigot cover, a bubbler fermentation lock, sanitizers, a hydrometer, flexible tubing, a Crown bottle capper, 55 Crown bottle caps, a premium beer-brewing malt ingredients kit with instructions, and a package of 250 carbonation drops—sufficient equipment to transform any basement from a Beatles Rock Band room into a brewing factory for beers that the Beatles would have surely written songs about, assuming you name your beer "love."
Drinking beer is part of a rich national imbibing tradition, but brewing one’s own beer takes the adventure to a new and personal level. Today's Groupon to Beer and Wine Hobby will give you everything you need to make a home-brew that earns "nizzas" and "wicked pissas" from everyone at your next kegga.
Six Yelpers give Beer & Wine Hobby 3.5 stars:
- Great selection of hops. Lots of beer brewing guides. Buy kits, tubes, wort chillers, bottles, yeast...you name it and they've got it. Staff is friendly and helpful. – Andrew F.
- Beer and wine hobby is one of the better home brew shops I have been to...while there the guy spent about 20 minutes helping me figure out what parts I needed to get my kegerator up and running. His help was invaluable... – Don A.
- Really, this is the only place anywhere around where you can pick up brew-your-own supplies...I found it most useful. – bubba h.
Beer & Wine Hobby
The winemaking, artisan cheese, and craft-brewing connoisseurs at Beer & Wine Hobby impart culinary know-how to pupils via home beverage- and food-crafting tools and introductory courses at their warehouse store. Aspiring brewers learn via a bevy of beer-making gear, including brewing kettles, fermentation supplies, and funnels, and winemaking equipment assists do-it-yourselfers with corks, T bottles, tubing, and berry presses. For foodies, a variety of artisan cheese tools and kits, such as presses and professional molds, helps home cheese-makers craft hard or soft cheeses.
Beer & Wine Hobby's brewing classes bolster knowledge of wine and craft beer-making, providing students with thorough instruction on intricate processes as well as the lyrical chants necessary to concoct complex libations, and cheese-making classes help beginners learn how to craft home-made cheeses from their kitchens.
155 New Boston St.
Woburn, Massachusetts 01801Get Directions