Since Milwaukee still is Brew City chances are that you or someone that you know wants to learn how to brew beer in the comfort of our your home.Â There are classes around town and a start up called UBrew that offers hands-on homebrewing classes.
There are two upcoming UBrew classes: Saturday, July 19 at Braise and Thursday, Aug. 21 at a location to be announced.Â But, before you go, take some some time to read my interview with UBrew co-founder Drew Stauffacher.Â
OnMilwaukee.com:Â What is UBrew?
Drew Stauffacher:Â Our vision for UBrew is to grow the homebrewing market in "Brew City" through developing a space that allows for homebrewers to overcome the limitations and obstacles they face brewing at home and focus on the best part -- the beer. Down the road, we hope to create a facility that provides the space, equipment, and expertise for homebrewers, from beginners to experts alike. People new to brewing would be able to sign up for an initial homebrewing class that would walk them through the process while making their own first batch of beer to take home. Home brewers with more experience would be able to come in for advanced homebrewing assistance. Expert home brewers would be able to rent equipment and space to overcome the limitations they may face with their current process. The best part of all is the opportunity for developing connections with the many other home brewers in Milwaukee that would also be using the facility.
OMC:Â What's the cost and commitment for the program?
DS:Â We are currently offering beginnerâ€™s home brewing classes and are working on creating an all-grain homebrewing class. Prices ranges from $50 to $75 and commitment consists of a 3-4 hour period on the day of the class. Classes are currently held on Saturdays, but we are trying out weekdays as well. Check out our classes scheduled on July 19 and Aug. 21.Â
OMC:Â What's the biggest mistake home brewers make?
DS:Â Sanitation. Sanitation. Sanitation. Itâ€™s definitely possible to homebrew at a certain scale in your home, but a lot of homebrewers get caught up by the detail of the process. Sanitation might sound like a small detail, but it could end up being what makes or breaks your batch.
OMC:Â Are you a fruit beer guy?Â
DS:Â I donâ€™t know if the UBrew team would agree to being called "fruit beer guys," but honestly we really enjoy trying anything. Personally, I love a couple Summer Shandys on a hot afternoon. Itâ€™s almost the definition of summer for me. And frankly, seasonal beer is how I know what time of year it is. Ciders can also be a great beverage on a nice warm summer day.
OMC:Â What are you three favorite beers and why?
DS:Â Pabst. Schlitz. Blatz. Next question. Kidding. Kind of.Â Any hefeweizen. We've brewed a hefe at every class we've done so far and they have turned out great every time.Â Others? Riverwest Stein, it's a classic and a Milwaukee staple.Â And again, Pabst, Schlitz and Blatz. You have to respect the old school beers, especially the ones that made Milwaukee famous.
OMC:Â What beer trends do you see coming?
DS:Â A strong trend continues to show that people prefer regional/local craft beers over national/commercial beers. This is our preference also, which is how and why we got into homebrewing in the first place. Another trend we are seeing more and more in the Midwest, including in the Milwaukee area, is the idea of the "Growler Bar." People love the idea of going to a local facility, picking up a quality local beer, and enjoying leisurely at home. But at the end of the day, the biggest thing is the amount of people moving from the everyday beers, to more craft beers like the ones we see coming out of MKE Brewing and Lakefront Brewery.
OMC:Â What innovations would you like to see in the brewing industry?
DS:Â We would be interested in seeing technology play a bigger role in homebrewing to help with inefficiencies. We donâ€™t know exactly what that will look like, yet.Â Thatâ€™s actually where we see UBrew in the future. Implementing and offering new techniques and technologies that will make homebrewing more efficient process-wise and logistically. We want UBrew to be the homebrewing destination in Milwaukee and the Midwest region.
OMC:Â Finally, what's the most you've paid for a beer?Â And, was it worth it?
DS:Â Dragon's Milk normally goes for $10 at any local, Milwaukee bar.Â And, it's totally worth it.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published March 30, 2015
Eco-friendly small homes are making headway into media, TV shows and larger and larger cities. New York has a micro apartment program and Chicago is poised to build on the trend in Logan Square.
Published March 26, 2015
Courtesy of our friends at the Hunger Task Force, we have a meet and greet opportunity for you. Just read on to bid on a chance to win two great seats for Hunt's show on April 4 at The Rave and you'll also score a meet and greet with this rising country star.
Published March 21, 2015
This interview was a real treat. It was an opportunity for me to sit down with not only a former boss, Joe Sweeney, but a friend, adviser and mentor who's helped motivate, guide and inspire me.
Published March 9, 2015
Verlo and its recently-renovated flagship store at 6501 W. Layton Ave. wants to change how your shop for sleep. The Milwaukee-maker of mattresses isn't alone in wanting to solve our sleep challenges or change our minds about what we want and need in a mattress. It is, though, unique in its transparent, modern and comfortable approach.
Published March 3, 2015
Dwight Hopfauf is a former Milwaukee resident and the former assistant general manger at Milwaukee's Hilton City Center in Downtown. These days he's basking in "The Bachelor" limelight at Hotel Julien Dubuque.
Published Feb. 27, 2015
The Celebrities section of GQ (digital and print in March) features a story with Swedish Canadian actress Malin Akerman. The photos showcase the actress with the Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Published Feb. 24, 2015
The first phase of construction officially begins today on an 85,000-square foot, two-level flagship Roundy's Metro Market in the Village of Shorewood. Completion is estimated for January 2016.
Published Feb. 23, 2015
Out for a few beers. Boom. Killed a young woman, and the driver's off to jail. It's a sad story that should have an impact.
Published Feb. 18, 2015
Cold doesn't bother us. We wear hats. And, these days, Bucks hats seem to be everywhere,
Published Feb. 12, 2015
Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle" is the exact reason why today's news from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announcing that music director Edo de Waart will step down is so very interesting.