George Orwell famously wrote about winemaking, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a grape's face—forever." Have fun proving him right with today’s grape-smashing Groupon: for $49, you get a two-session winemaking class for two at Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply (a $99 value). Though this Groupon does not include the cost of a batch of wine, ingredient kits may be purchased on site; students are not required to create a batch.
Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply, staffed by learned experts in the science of brewing and fermenting, boasts hands-on classes and a wide range of DIY supplies. The two-session winemaking class leads pairs of students through the art of winemaking, unearthing the process from barrel-filled cellars to eager, sponge-like brains. During the first session, detailed narratives on essentials of high-quality winemaking, including introductions to distinct techniques and different approaches to the practice, informatively perfume the air. While some students unsheathe their paws to conjure a 6-gallon vat of their own wine, nonwinemaking pupils can closely observe the process and learn to appreciate and preserve grape bloods of all stripes with tutorials in wine tasting, aging, and cellaring. During the second session—six to eight weeks later—oenophile docents return to soak in the finishing process, learning how to balance and stabilize batches atop the balance beam of flavor and make final adjustments to the tannin and sugar levels of the final product.
If students wish to create a batch of their own during the class, Bev Art presents an assortment of varietal wine-juice kits for perusal, ranging in cost from $60 to $175.95 and producing 25–30 homemade bottles.
Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply
Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply helps brewmasters and vintners around Chicago take their concoctions from plan to reality with wine- and-beer-making gear. Industrious hobbyists can grab their own malt extracts and carboys here, and beginners can get started with wine and beer kits. The shop also stocks brains with the skills to needed to bottle new masterpieces, hosting classes taught by brewers, winemakers, cheese-crafters, and mead-makers. The experts also contribute to some of the shop's own potions; their Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery produces barrels of honey wine made by bees who spend years squashing grapes with their tiny feet.