Brewed barley and hops, like fresh pastries and Ming dynasty vases, taste better when you make them yourself. Crack open a self-determined potable with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get admission to a beer-brewing class plus an ingredient-and-brewing-equipment kit at Keystone Homebrew Supply, with locations in Montgomeryville and Bethlehem (a $143.18 total value).
For nearly two decades, Keystone Homebrew Supply has entertained and enlightened its pupils with a vast procession of beer and winemaking classes and events. The 2- to 2.5-hour Introduction to Brewing class (a $40 value) elucidates the process of at-home beer preparation with a hands-on lesson and accidental-levitation-prevention seminar. Homebrew experts will explain the basic equipment and setup involved in the fermentation process, leading the class through the evolution of bare ingredients into hearty ale. Explore the golden waters by brewing and bottling in a classroom setting, instead of a primordial forest setting, which contains far too many amber-imbedded insects seeking more fluid homes.
After learning to stir and study swirling concoctions in class, student brewers can take home Maestro equipment kits (a $64.95 value), which each contain a 6.5-gallon primary fermenter, auto siphon, hydrometer, bottle brush, and other supplies necessary to start their own brewing basements or mad-scientist barley labs. Five ounces of priming sugar (a $0.85 value) and four ounces of iodophor sanitizer (a $2.95 value) are also included. Muntons Gold Range ingredient kits (a $30.35 value) encourage potent potion priming with a 6.6-pound assortment of the basic beer components: malt, yeast, hops, and priming sugar in a choice of six flavors, including continental pilsner, Docklands porter, Highland heavy, imperial stout, India pale ale, and old English bitter, each of which transport tasters to their land of origin by means of a flying tongue carpet.
Keystone Homebrew Supply
Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.