He who desires but does not act breeds pestilence, which in turn is the source of most failed movie remakes. Act on your beer-making desires with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a brewing class and a home-brewing kit (a $123.49 value) from Great Fermentations, a beer- and wine-making supply shop and brewing school on East 65th Street. You must be at least 21 years old to participate in today's deal.
Staffed by experts in the alchemical art of brewing beer and wine, Great Fermentations provides all the accoutrements and knowledge necessary to becoming a craft-brewing guru. During the 1.5-hour beginning brew class (a $15 value), apprentice ale-makers will watch a live brewing demonstration of extract and specialty grain cooking peppered with first-hand tips and tricks on easing the potable process. After the class is over, you'll also get to take home a basic-equipment kit ($73.50) for kitchen-based experimentation; the kit includes everything needed to brew beer, including a primary fermenter, bottling bucket, thermometer, hydrometer, instruction book, and more. Then you can choose any beginning brewing kit with a $34.99 value to get the necessary ingredients of yeast and hops, leaving no leaf unturned in the quest to craft the socially lubricating and uniting force of beer.
The staff members at Great Fermentations share their technical knowhow with the public through classes and an intimate knowledge of the store's merchandise. Beginner-friendly beer and wine courses teach fundamentals of tasty beverage creation, overviewing the process, ingredients, sanitation, and how to do a proper keg stand. A huge selection of beer- and wine-making supplies makes it easy for alumni to go forth and prosper with all the appropriate equipment and ingredients. Great Fermentations also stocks provisions for creating homemade sodas, wines, and a variety of cheeses.