Learn to make beer from garden ingredients! This MeetUp is a special beer making workshop at the Middlebrook Center in downtown San Jose. Led by Brewmaster Rick Riebhoff, we will make unique beers using freshly picked plants from the garden. The type of beer we’ll create is most similar to the older traditional Farmhouse Ales that use various spices, fruits, herbs, and flowers from the garden to add a more complex flavor.
Beer Samples, Appetizers and Garden Food will be available. Everyone is welcome to add to our buffet for a community Pot Luck.
Depending on the plants in the garden at the time, we will be making an elderberry porter (using elderflowers and elderberry juice) and possibly a farmhouse ale (lighter, Belgian-type ale) with local honey, herbs, maybe some elderberry or apricot, yarrow.
For all Urban Farm MeetUps at the Middlebrook Center we ask you for a $10 suggested donation that will go directly to the California Native Garden Foundation to support their ongoing work in school gardens, restoration of native plants and the enrichment of our community.
The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.
What to bring:
Potluck item: that either contains something that you have picked from your yard, something that you would like in the future to come from your yard, or something that you have made.
Crop Sharing item(s): Food items you have harvested from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any)
Some good positive energy
1) Demo and instruction
Rick will be in the process of making a batch of beer and will talk about the ingredients and the steps. During this time Rick will have samples to taste from previous batches
3) Pot Luck and Socializing
Finally we will all spend some time to socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens. During the pot luck we will have time to discuss the following:
Q & A about gardening/ farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.
News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.
Future MeetUps, Volunteers for future hosts, Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group.
Crop Sharing-- Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.
About Urban Farmers Cooperative
The Urban Farmers Cooperative events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch in on a project at the host's location. Here is what we do:
We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
We do some work, exchange ideas, and learn something at the same time
We bring food from our gardens and share all the wonderful foods we are raising
After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring
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Our goal is to bring our community together through safe and fun learning events.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming MeetUps.