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Bitter & Esters
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Bitter & Esters is a do-it-yourself brewery and homebrew supply shop in New York City founded by Douglas Amport and John La Polla. They offer classes, various resources, and a friendly space for the growing homebrew community share tips and teach various techniques.

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Bitter & Esters

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Brewshop 101: Home Brewing Essentials

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Unlock the secrets of home brewing in a friendly and informative environment at Bitter & Esters. Our hands-on intro classes provide the confidence, knowledge, and experience needed to become a skilled home brewer. Join us for a fantastic brewing experience and develop a deeper understanding of beer.

Saturday, Mar 9th, 12–2:30pm Eastern Time

Recipe Design: Theory & Practice

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Master the art of beer recipe design and take control of your brewing process with this comprehensive class. From dreaming up delicious flavors to using online tools, you'll learn the fundamentals of crafting the perfect brew. Elevate your brewing skills and create the beer you've always imagined.

Saturday, May 18th, 12–2:30pm Eastern Time

Brewshop 501: All-Grain Brewing

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Take your home brewing skills to the next level with Bitter & Esters' advanced class on all-grain brewing. Dive deep into the mashing process, water chemistry, and troubleshooting techniques, and learn how to avoid a stuck lauter. Join us for an immersive experience in the world of all-grain brewing.

Saturday, Mar 16th, 12–2:30pm Eastern Time

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A Career in Beer

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Interested in starting a career in beer? The market for beer jobs is growing fast, along with the competition for those jobs. Becoming a Certified Cicerone® will help you hit the ground running by distinguishing yourself from the rest of crowd with some verifiable beer knowledge. The public demand for a wider range of beer styles is growing rapidly and completing the exam will not only give you more confidence and eloquence when discussing beer...

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Hops: Lecture & Tasting

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

This advanced course and accompanying tasting will engross you in the wonderfully complex world of hops which are the delicate, cone-like flower giving many of your favorite brews their delicious and complex aromas and flavors. Hops are wonderfully diverse and are used for multiple purposes. Each variety imparts a uniquely different scent and flavor – from spicy, citrusy, pine-like, earthy to floral.  Our course will comprehensively cover...

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Yeast: Lecture & Tasting

Bitter & Esters @ Virtual Learning

Brewers make wort. Yeast make beer. Our yeast class and accompanying tasting will delve deeply into the world of everyone’s favorite microorganism. The yeast lecture will cover: Yeast Nutrition, growth and chemical pathways that effect home brewers. How to choose and maintain a happy culture in your home brew and how strain selection impacts beer flavor. Pitching rates, Propagation, starters, collection (top and bottom cropping) storage. We’ll...

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Wild Meads: Working With Nature

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Raphael Lyon, founder and head mazer (meadmaker) of Enlightenment Wines Meadery in Bushwick will give a special class on wild meads, using natural methods, spontaneous fermentation, and time you can get a sense of what mead making has been historically like across thousands of years!  Learn to work with the organisms around us and not against them! Discover the plenty of your region and develop a taste for working with herbs as preservatives....

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Brewshop 101: Homebrewing Essentials For Women

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

This class is for the homebrewing novice and is designed to empower and build community among diverse beginner brewers, and is open to women, transgender, and non-binary folks. It is a fantastic experience for anyone looking to develop a deeper understanding of beer, its ingredients, and the process by which it's made in a friendly and savvy environment. We teach in a concentrated 2 to 3 hour workshop format that focuses on practical brewing techniques....

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Water: Lecture & Tasting

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Water! Everyone's second favorite liquid. Brewing water can be an intimidating aspect for any homebrewer.  In this advanced and comprehensive class, we will go over the water basics that every brewer should know along with ways to improve your beer through water treatment. The class will be light on chemistry and big on practical advice.Topics we will cover: Reasons for treating your water. How to read and understand a water report. What pH...

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Yeast Class Tasting Only

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Brewers make wort. Yeast make beer. This class will delve deeply into the world of everyone’s favorite microorganism. The lecture will cover a history and usage of yeast (as it pertains to brewing and home brewers). We'll also cover a number of other topics: Yeast Nutrition, growth and chemical pathways that effect home brewers. How to choose and maintain a happy culture in your home brew and how strain selection impacts beer flavor. Pitching...

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Hops Class Tasting Only

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Tasting – we’ll conduct a tasting to give you an experiential understanding of hops and their properties. Taste, identify, and discuss hop varieties at work in six aromatic and two bittering beer examples.

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Beer Swap

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

At this Free Event we invite all Home Brewers to come share their beer with each other. It’s a great way to try delicious home brewed beers and get feedback on your beer. Special Notice! This month’s beer swap is being moved forward one week to October 29th because Charlie Papazian is coming to Bitter & Esters! Bring a bottle to pour (and two to swap if you’re so inclined). We always have something special of our own to share.

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Cider Essentials

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Learn the art of crafting delicious cider from the experts at Bitter & Esters. Discover the secrets to making high-quality cider from fresh apples and unlock your creativity. Join us for an immersive experience that will leave you confident and inspired on your cider-making journey.

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Kombucha 101: Fermenting Tea

Bitter & Esters @ 700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Joshua Witchger has spent the last seven years fermenting foods and beverages at home, on farms, and at work. As the operations manager for Brooklyn Brine he brews kombucha and other funky drinks for their cafe. We'll be covering a whole range of topics on making Kombucha: Defining Kombucha What's a SCOBY? How to Make Kombucha Ingredients / Fermentation / Equipment Troubleshooting We'll have kombuchas ready for tasting and as always, Bitter...

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