Thursday, June 9, 2011

Meet The Inventors! The Brooklyn Brew Shop

So , it's Sunday evening and we've had a crazy weekend with the kids and we are finally cooking dinner- a simple but delicious ginger roasted salmon recipe with sauteed sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and cous cous. We're exhausted and would love an ice cold beer with this little Sunday dinner but after tearing apart the fridge-there's nothing! Now, you can't buy alcohol on Sunday in CT and we are not that desperate to drive 30 minutes to NY to get our fix. A major problem- of course not. But, if we had thought ahead, we could have a stash of our own amazing beer all set to go for that sudden urge. And thanks to husband and wife team Stephen and Erica of the Brooklyn Brew Shop, we can now do that! Erica stumbled across an old beer brewing kit of her Dad's one day and had trouble finding the ingredients in NYC to make a batch. So, an idea was born! They quit their advertising jobs and borrowed a wee bit a money and started working on their plan. Living in a small apartment in Brooklyn, they understand the challenges of space so they created a 1 gallon kit, that includes: grain, hops and yeast for your first batch, glass fermenting jug, screw-cap stopper, 3-piece chambered airlock, racking cane, 12" laboratory thermometer, 4' clear vinyl tubing, tubing clamp and cleanser. All you need is: 6-quart pot, a fine mesh strainer and a funnel. Erica says that if you can make oatmeal, you can brew beer! It's about 1 hour and 1/2 active time and 2 weeks of fermentation for a delicious micro brewery in our own home or apartment. We offer 4 flavors: a citrusy Everyday IPA, a traditional Spring Lager, a light-bodied Tea and Toast and a refreshing Grapefruit and Honey Ale. We think these are great father's day gifts or how about bringing a kit to the host and hostess that you are staying with for the weekend or a birthday gift for that "hard-to-buy for" brother or friend! Great for the gals, too! I know this gal is looking forward to trying it!

Check out this video on how to brew.

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