Though the "noble experiment" of Prohibition failed, other noble experiments, such as teaching horses how to shoot guns and giving suffrage to any horse that could shoot a gun, were huge successes. Celebrate the failure of the 18th Amendment with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a three-hour beer-brewing course at Uptown Market in Beaverton (a $40 value).
Uptown Market's resident homebrewing specialists stock their specialty beer emporium with all the necessary accouterments for do-it-yourself beer-making. Novice brewers can peruse the shop's calendar of classes–each focused on the making of a particular style of beer–and choose to learn the secrets of their favorite genre of frothy-topped libation. During the three-hour course, students are invited to imbibe a flight of beers on tap in their chosen style, allowing them to select which might best suit their palates or conceivably be used as taxi fare. A second flight of beers will be offered based on the style of the class that particular day, and students will also be able to sample the beer they create. Students are welcome to come back when their beer is done brewing, approximately 4-6 weeks later, and try the brew. If a 64-ounce Uptown Growler is purchased ($8), students can fill it to the brim with their beer ($12 value).
Like a rainforest filled with still-undocumented species, Uptown Market stocks so many kinds of beers it feels like some of them haven't even been discovered yet. More than 850 varieties of beer are on display. The selection extends well beyond Oregon borders, with hundreds of microbrews from around the world available in kegs, bottles, and cans. Weekly visits from other various breweries fill Uptown Market's calendar and customers' stomachs with complimentary tastings. On some Sundays, the staffers host home-brewing classes. They have all the equipment required to start brewing your own beer, which is helpful since the government has decided to repeal the 21st Amendment next month.