Over the past year I have been avidly and, bordering on obsessively, baking bread and making cheese (yogurt and ice cream included) and it has been a fabulous and fastidious time. So I was really excited when I saw the truly inspired beer making kits from the Brooklyn Brew Shop, started by Stephen Valand and Erica Shea after finding an old fermenter in her parents’ basement. The duo decided to open Brooklyn Brew Shop to bring small-batch, craft brewing to, well, you and me.
And they do it in such an easy, appealing, and manageable way. After the ingredients are cooked the beer needs to ferment (become beer) for a few weeks, which means that it needs to sit around the house. You’d think this would be problematic for those short on space or with a certain aesthetic – but not with these kits. They are offered in one and five gallon sizes which can easily and attractively fit into the corner of a tiny apartment. And as far as the contraption… this is pretty much what you’re looking at.
Besides the fact that it looks cool and you can make your own beer in a matter of weeks (did you catch that part?) the mixes which they offer are truly inspired and quite exploratory – with unique pairings and intriguing flavor profiles.
Their mixes include:
A Well Made Tripel
Chocolate Maple Porter
Grapefruit Honey Ale
Rose-cheeked Blonde (yes, with roses)
Tea & Toast
Peanut Butter Porter
Mustard Brown Ale
Honey Sage Seasonal
…and seasonal offerings are added all the time! I kinda want to try each one… Thank you Brooklyn Brew Shop for dispelling the mystique of brewing (see below) and for giving us our next great project! To learn more about Brooklyn Brew Shop and to buy their wares visit them here. A few of their kits are also available at your local Williams-Sonoma store. And if you find yourself in Brooklyn they are at the Brooklyn Flea on the weekends.