Beer Brewing 101: Let’s Get Started!

This workshop would make a truly unique gift!

Basics of brewing great beer with Loren & Mike!
Wednesday, January 10
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Massena NY

An RSVP is requested for the location in Massena NY.
If inquiring that day, call 315 347 4223 ext. # to check on availability please.
Otherwise, see ** TO REGISTER ** below.
This session is designed for beer enthusiasts who want to start making great beer at home.
There is no prior knowledge necessary; we will start at the VERY beginning. The goal is for participants to leave the session with basic brewing knowledge and the confidence to try to brew their first batch of beer successfully at home.
Topics covered will include:
 Basic brewing equipment
 Where to buy needed items
 Basic brewing vocabulary
 The process for stove top extract brewing

We look forward to creating a thriving brewing community, and the Local Living Venture hopes to facilitate a monthly information gathering with these gentlemen and others - an informal gathering about All Things Brew, if there is interest!

This informational "basics" session will be followed by hands-on events.
Future topics may include:
Beer Brewing 101 * Let's Get Started
All-Grain Brewing * Hands-On Beer Craft
Advanced Brewing * Yeast, Hops and Software Explained
Home Brewery Tour * Beer Tasting

Loren Fountaine is a North Country native and lives in Massena with his wife and two children. He grew up in Winthrop, NY and attended St. Lawrence Central High School. After High School, Loren attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, obtaining a B.M. and a M.M. in Music Education. He taught music at Lisbon central School and St. Lawrence Central School before becoming a Labor Relations Specialist with NYSUT.
Loren began brewing beer in the early 2000s. He started on his stove brewing extract batches and the hobby has stuck with him. He now has an entire room of his home dedicated to brewing, and upgraded to an automated recirculating mash system in 2014.
Since 2014, Loren has brewed over 400 gallons of beer. Loren loves to discuss and teach other people how to brew. It is a hobby that relaxes him and provides a very satisfying end product.
Recently, he opened a business called HomebrewU with the goal of teaching others how to brew beer.

Mike Zagrobelny lives in Norwood with his wife, three children, and dog. He grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, but moved to the North Country 18 years ago. Mike is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Potsdam State College. He taught secondary English and coached for twenty-two years in Virginia and New York, most recently spending 14 years at Madrid-Waddington. Mike is currently a Labor Relations Specialist with NYSUT.
Mike has been brewing for the past three years. His current set up is attached to his home bar and takes up a corner of his workshop. He has found that home brewing satisfies his love of good beer and thrifty nature of getting something good for less.
Mike enjoys all things old and is an avid collector of old machines. Home brewing and the creation of the home bar fit perfectly together to incorporate years of collecting for reuse and repurposing.

A private home in Massena, NY.
Please RSVP for full details including directions.

 For this unique learning experience, a $22 general public, $40 couple/family of two, $10 student donation is requested for material costs, to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation. Scholarships are always available upon request, though there may be a materials fee.
 All workshop attendees must be over the age of 21, please!
Please note that our Presenters are generous volunteers, donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, making your donation a major means of support to our small community organization.
Due to limited space, you will need to register for this hands-on workshop in advance.

Send email to or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot.
Please note the workshop name, number in party, contact phone number(s) and email address when reserving.
Please verify that you are 21 years of age or older.
Email confirmation with location, directions, and FAQ will be sent to all registrants within 24-48 hours.

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January 10th, 2018 6:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
Massena, NY 13662
United States

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