Beer tastes better when freshly brewed, just as cars perform better when their gasoline is freshly squeezed from a fossil. Tipple a tenderly crafted brew with today's Groupon: for $40, you get an introductory beer-making class for two people at Brew and Grow (an $80 value). Choose from the following locations: Bolingbrook, Crystal Lake, or 3625 North Kedzie Avenue in Chicago. A fourth location at 19 South Morgan Street is scheduled to open the week of October 17.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary in the end of October, the hop gurus at Brew and Grow educate burgeoning beer makers on the art of crafting cold ones via hands-on introductory courses. During 2.5-hour classes, duos learn the ins and outs of the brewing process, including basic terminology, equipment, and the differences between ales, lagers, and root beer. Pupils will sip various suds while learning about ideal ingredient combinations, then concoct customized barley pops. Though they can't immediately take class creations home, participants will be able to return to the brewery in approximately one month or after malted barley has passed its fermentation exam to tap and taste their personalized potables. At the end of the session, students will be able take home a choice of two comprehensive home brewing guides, either How To Brew by John Palmer or Radical Brewing by Chicago author Randy Mosher.
Additionally, clients wishing to pursue draft crafting at home will receive 20% off all equipment and brewing supplies with today's Groupon. Classes are held weekly with first-come, first-served availability. Schedules vary by location.