Beer tastes better when it's been carefully brewed at home, much as cars drive better using gasoline you squeezed out of fossils yourself. Hand-craft liquids you can trust with today’s Groupon from Hop City Craft Beer and Wine. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a three-hour beer-making class for two (a $20 value).
- For $18, you get a three-hour beer-making class for four (a $40 value).
Hop City brew gurus tutor up to 70 students in the subtle art and science of home brewing. After listening to hopsmasters outline each step in the process—from initial steeping to the sterilization necessary before fluids can be placed in kegs or secreted inside bottles of contact-lens solution—brewers carefully guide their custom concoctions through the malt-extract process. Patrons learn the ratios of hops, grains, yeasts, and malts needed to create libations suited to their own tastes, all while participating in hands-on demonstrations and being edified by beer-trivia digressions. Classes are offered on select Saturdays each month.
Hop City Craft Beer and Wine
At Hop City Craft Beer and Wine, staff members weave through a forest of bottle-lined shelves and coolers, seeking out perennial favorites or new, hidden gems for each customer. In addition to more than 1,700 varieties of beer, Hop City features an assortment of specialty grains, yeasts, and hops for home brewing, earning it a World-Class rating from Beer Advocate. As many as 60 functional taps line one of the store's walls, allowing patrons to fill growlers with their choice of macro- or microbrew, such as the Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA or the Avery Czar Imperial Russian stout. Divided by style and California Raisin content, a nearly 800-bottle-strong wine selection fills its own impressive space.