Drinking beer you've brewed yourself is a more satisfying way to wet your whistle than drinking store-bought beer or dunking a kazoo in your morning coffee. Today's Groupon defeats thirst with DIY drafts: for $50, you get the basic Brewer's Starter Kit from Let's Brew (up to a $119.90 value).
Let's Brew's basic brewer's starter kit comes equipped with all necessary tools to blend, process, and fill two cases of beer bottles, although only one case of bottles is provided. A home-beer-making book guides hop-hobbyists through the steps of crafting a thirst-quenching batch with the brewer kit's essential tackle, which contains one pound of corn sugar, a siphon hose, a 5-gallon glass carboy, a hydrometer, a 32-ounce funnel, and a transfer bucket that can double as a Sunday-morning cereal bowl. Although not included in today's Groupon, Let's Brew's staff of knowledgeable beerologists also educates wannabe draft-makers on the finer points of fermentation in classes at the facility's fully stocked kitchen and stout-filled scuba-diving pool.
Groupon is donating $1 from every Portland deal sold on Portland Beer Day to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation's scholarship fund; up to $2,000 will be donated. Named for the late brewer Glen Hay, the foundation provides area brewers with opportunities to further their craft. In 2011, it is offering educational scholarships to the World Brewing Academy at the Siebel Institute and to the American Brewers Guild.
Though Let's Brew sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.