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Learn about beer at England Run Library

This won’t be your typical library storytime.

Local homebrewers and the men behind Adventure Brewing will speak next week about brewing techniques, equipment, and the dos and don’ts of the trade. And for those 21 and up with an ID, a beer sampling will follow.

The talk is set for 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at England Run Library. It’s part of the library’s “Made by Hand” series that began in September and continues through the end of this month. Other upcoming courses include one on Saturday about beekeeping and another on Oct. 19 about window farming.

John Viarella, vice president of Adventure Brewing, said the company was contacted in May about the library’s DIY series to encourage members to try new things. Viarella realized the opportunity was perfect. The Stafford Brewers Club will also be on hand.

“Home brewing is very much a DIY activity not just because you are making your own beer (which is great) but also because very often the equipment we use to make and ferment our beer is the result of DIY projects where we have taken ordinary items and transformed them into brewing equipment,” Viarella said in an email. “We have taken that same spirit of energy and ingenuity into our business whereby much of the equipment we will be using is the result of DIY projects taken to larger scale versus buying expensive premade equipment.”

The presentation will focus on how to get started on a DIY hobby such as home brewing, basics, resources and information, and finally, tips for going pro. (Adventure Brewing is one of at least two new microbreweries planning to open after Stafford approved a recent ordinance change.)

A library staff member made a brown ale with help from Viarella and his two business partners. “We felt that given the nature of this series it would better demonstrate the DIY spirit by having someone from the library brew beer with our assistance rather than us bringing in something that we made on our own,” he said.