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Home brewing on tap at England Run library branch
This won’t be your typical library story time.
Local home brewers and the men behind Adventure Brewing will speak at the England Run Library next week about brewing techniques, equipment and the do’s 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 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at England Run Library, 806 Lyons Blvd. in Stafford. 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 series that encourages members to try new things. Viarella realized the opportunity was perfect.
“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 pre-made equipment.”
Adventure Brewing is one of at least two new microbreweries planning to open after Stafford approved a recent ordinance change.
The presentation will focus on how to get started on home brewing, resources available and finally, tips for going pro.
A library staff member made a brown ale with help from Viarella and his two business partners. Samples will be available at the end of the presentation.
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975