Thoughts on our first Build-a-Beer

Yesterday we had our first Build-a-Beer event.  It was great to see so many people come out to learn about homebrewing, and I loved meeting a bunch of you guys (and ladies) out there.  One of my favorite things is talking to people over email and then getting to actually meet you face to face. So for all the people that came out yesterday… a huge thank you!

I think we learned a lot from yesterday’s Build-a-Beer event.  There  were some parts that went really well and some parts that didn’t.  Here’s a run down:

What went well:

  • We made a great beer that we can bottle at another event in a few weeks.
  • A lot of people came out.  Several people said on Facebook that they were coming, but to be honest, we didn’t expect so many people.
  • Most of you who came were relatively new to homebrewing.  That was the best part!  Some of you had more experience, but I was delighted that several people had not made a single batch of beer before and were interested enough to come participate.

What could have been better:

  • There was too much time in between brewing activities with nothing to do.
  • Better prepared snacks would have been, well… better.
  • Music!  I brought some but didn’t get a chance to set it up.  We should have music playing the whole time, maybe softer during class, louder during participation time.
  • We need to have it on a Saturday during store hours when Nate’s there.
  • Anyone who comes to one of these events should get to take away at least some homebrew beer with them.

Anyway, at a next event, we will be able to brew up a new batch, and also bottle up the batch that was brewed at the last event.  We can have both brewing time and bottling time, along with some instruction, and question and answer in between.  It would be nice just to have some party/mixer time towards the end where we all sample some homebrew.

All in all, it was a great time and I think we’re on the right track with these.  I would love to make these a regular thing every few weeks. Anything that builds a community around homebrewing is what we’re down for at Bull City Homebrew.  Several people suggested other ideas too, like how to brew hard cider, mead, and also doing a wine making demo.  These all sound great.

If you have any comments, criticisms, or suggestions… please let us know.  We hope to do many more of these in the future and your honest feedback will only make them better.  Tell us what you thought!

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