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Brew Your Own Beer!

  • Nov 10, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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In this meetup, Craig will take participants through the entire process, hands-on, of making a rare All Grain called Patersbier-- a light-bodied, lower alcohol Belgian ale, with complex flavors that is made by (and solely for) the Cistercian monks.  (for details and the recipe see http://www.northernbrewer.com/documentation/allgrain/AG-Patersbier.pdf)

Although the brew is intriguing, the recipe is on the simpler side and therefore appropriate for complete beginners, as well as those who are hoping to make the leap from kit brewing to All Grain brewing.

As the process takes an entire afternoon, Craig's wife Lauren (whose sole qualifications for this workshop are verbosity and a fondness of beer) will help cover brewing basics such as: necessary supplies & costs, the history of brewing, and an in-depth look at different types of brews.

The cost of this meetup is on a sliding scale of $15-25, payable at the workshop, and includes a couple bottles of Patersbier when it's finished fermentation (2-4 weeks later) and the opportunity to come back and help with the bottling process if so desired.


Six years ago, homebrewer Craig Stephan began experimenting with the fine art of grain fermentation when his father-in-law gifted him his fairly substantial brew supplies with the words, "Have fun, and don't forget to share." He started slowly and humbly, working up from standard kits, to partial mash, to all grain. Surprised with the positive feedback his tasters lavished upon him, Craig just kept making more beer.

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  • Wayne A.

    A belated response, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of the elements of the gathering of all you good people and took away a lot of brain-stored brewing tips and host-home brewed taste bud treats. Wish I could have stayed for the potluck but I had to get home to serve some family dinner guests. Cheers!

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Carina M.

    Informative for the person familiar with beer, but not wordy or overly technical so a beer newbie (like me!) was able to understand. I had a great time tasting beers and getting to know what some of the flavors are and what they mean. It was awesome that medicinal/herbal beers were also a topic of discussion. My neighbor and I both are now confident enough to undertake the project of brewing our own beer!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Lauren W.

    Thank you all so much for making it a great afternoon! It would be so much fun to have a follow-up meetup this winter to do a sampling (and maybe a swap?) of the beers you all end up brewing. Any excuse to talk and drink good beer, right?! I've posted the Patersbier recipe and the info doc in the Meetup Files (under the More tab, above.) I'll make a new gingerbeer tonight and plan to measure out everything so I can have an idea of my "recipe". Then I'll post that too :) Happy brewing everyone!!

    2 · November 11, 2013

  • Bob

    Excellent day! Showed how easy, and stress free, it is to make great beet. At home. Inspired me to take the step up to all grain brewing. Thanks!!!!!!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Bob

    Wow!! Great afternoon with great people. Thank you for sharing. I learned so much.

    The cider was delicious, too, by the way.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Rick E.

    Thank you Craig, Lauren and Sage.
    This was a great event with good input from participants. The nice assortment of brews and ferments we sampled gave a view of all the different ways you brew. Looks like I will busy this winter trying all my new Knowledge.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Dave

    Great event. Loved learning about some of the history of brewing and hearing different stories about people's experience with brewing. The wide variety of samples really helped with educating my palette. I'm excited to try brewing my own all grain brew this fall and I wouldn't have considered it if not for this class. Big thanks to Craig and Lauren.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Dan P.

    Excellent. I know a lot more about brewing now than before.I'd like to thank Lauren and Craig once again for hosting this meet up and the samples provided were very good. Dan

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Luke V

    I had something come up last minute.. sorry!

    November 10, 2013

  • Benjamin J.

    I can not make the class. I apologize for reserving the spot and canceling last minute. Thank you

    November 10, 2013

  • Anna K.

    Sorry, I need to skip this meet up. Would love to do it if it is offered again. Maybe on a Saturday or later on a Sunday. Pretty disappointed that I cannot attend. :-(

    November 5, 2013

  • Lauren W.

    Hey everyone! Shall we make this a potluck as well? That would probably be a fun (and smart) way to end this workshop. :)

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Bob

      Great idea!!!

      September 18, 2013

    • Carina M.

      Sounds good to me!

      October 15, 2013

  • Bob

    I will bring a bottle or two of m own to share. Pondering he leap to all grain, so this is very timely. Looking forward to it.

    1 · September 18, 2013

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