Hops add a bitter taste to a beer, just as uninvited boyfriends add a bitter taste to a family reunion. Learn more about the power of hops with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $40 for a beer-making class for two (an $80 value)
- $75 for a beer-making class for four (a $160 value)
- $95 for a beer-making class for six (a $240 value)
On Saturdays from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m., students gather in Keg Cowboy’s storefront to learn about the basics of brewing beer. A homebrewing master educates students about the many varied kinds of beer and then helps them produce any brew they can imagine from 55 different types of yeasts, 61 grain varieties, and 21 different types of hops. Each participant observes and assists the production of a 5-gallon batch of beer and takes home the skills to create their own.
Jeff Woodruff started Keg Cowboy in Houston as an Internet supplier of homebrewery gear, he told Patch. When his wife got a job in Lexington, he decided to bring his business along and open a storefront. He decked it out with all the same supplies that were once in his online store, supplementing them with a climate-controlled grain vault that keeps 55 varieties of yeast, 61 varieties of grain, and 21 varieties of hops fresh and free of pests and freeloading scarecrows. He finds himself delighted with the transition, saying "Lexington has great water—and great water makes great beer."
On Saturdays, homebrewing classes supply students with all the skills needed to begin making their own bottled beverages at home. Keg Cowboy also offers do-it-yourself kegerator and beer dispensing equipment for chilling and serving their home-brewed beverages. In addition to enhancing novice brewing abilities, Keg Cowboy houses its own craft beer tavern on the premises where patrons can sample a rotating stock of global beers which changes bi-weekly.