Beer Brewing 101: Let’s Get Started

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with Loren & Mike!
Saturday, December 10
3 pm - 5 pm

Potsdam Town Hall Community Kitchen
18 Elm St.
Downtown Potsdam, NY 13676
Please RSVP due to limited space (see 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!

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.
18 Elm St., Downtown Potsdam, NY 13676
Exact details, including directions, will be included in the RSVP Confirmation that is sent to all registered participants.

  • 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.
  • 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, because your donation is a major means of our support as a small community organization.
Due to limited space, you will need to register for this hands-on workshop in advance.  There will likely be a wait list (first-come, first served if there are cancellations), so please register soon! 

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

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Sharing Knowledge from the Past  ~  Building Skills for the Future

Coordinating near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, community events and information exchanges - sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share.

The Local Living Venture is coordinated entirely by volunteers.
With a small staff, and your support, we make big things happen!

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 Local Living Venture
315. 347. 4223    *     PO Box 736  Canton, NY 13617

A 501(c)(3) non-profit, made possible with support from North Country Savings Bank
Website made possible by the Northern New York Community Foundation

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December 10th, 2016 2:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
2 Park St.
Potsdam, NY 13676
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