"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." The saying can also be applied to learning the arts of homebrewing, except you'll have a lifetime supply of beer. And, you'll never have to worry about seasickness or gutting fish. Now that you're re-thinking your existing hobbies, consider becoming a brewmaster's apprentice at 18 Reasons.
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Brewing your own beer at home is an affordable creative outlet that lets you re-live your elementary school science projects ... but with booze. Creating your own beer is the best way to gain insight into the burgeoning craft brewing renaissance happening in our own backyard. Once you understand the individual components of beer and the process of fermentation, you'll notice immediate changes in how you taste and experience commercial brews as well. And, your friends will be happy that there's always a stockpile of fresh beer in your apartment (better for luring friends over than a freezer full of fish -- trust us).
Starting on April 23, 18 Reasons offers a series of three homebrewing classes with Eric Denman, of Mission Gastroclub fame. Along with Chef Neil Davidson, Denman has hosted countless dinners paired with his inventive homebrewed creations. This hands-on workshop will focus on brewing 5-gallon partial mash batches. Denman will cover beer styles, beer ingredients, the brewing process and, naturally, beer tasting. Guests will taste beers along with food at each class and learn about pairing techniques. The details for your one way trip to brewing stardom, below:
18 Reasons Beer Lab: Homebrew & Beyond
Where: 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St. (at Dolores), (415) 568-2710
When: Classes on April 23, April 30, and May 14 (7-9 p.m.)
Cost: $150 members, $160 general public for the entire series. Tickets here.
What: In the first class, learn the basics with one of Denman's recipes. Hone your newfound skills in the second class with a recipe created by the group. In the third class you will learn about bottling and kegging and package up your homebrews to take home.