Crafty Brews

Getting crafty with beer is my element. I love seeing all the out of the box creations people create with beer. Why throw away the remains of that six pack you bought when you can recycle it into something rad?!  I have seen tons of great crafts for sale on Etsy and at breweries. Here are some great gifts for the holidays and ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

BEER SOAP: 

A bubbly way to get clean! There are tons of breweries that offer beer soap on their websites or at their breweries. You can purchase handmade beer soap from etsy as well. Savage Soaps in downtown Frederick sells a Beersud soap year round. They use Brewer’s Alley’s Nut Brown Ale to make spicy smelling soap.

DOG TREATS:

Beer may be bad for dogs but the spent grain from the brewing process is not! While visiting Dogfish Head brewery in Rehoboth Beach, I picked up some doggie treats in the gift shop for my Boston Terrier. He loved them! They make dog treats using the spent grain, apples, cinnamon, bananas, and oats. Such a cool way to recycle beer for mans best friend. Pick some up on Dogfish Head’s website.

BEER CRAFTS:

An eco-friendly way to express yourself. The possibilities are endless. Personally, I have decorated picture frames and mirrors with recycled bottle caps. My friend saves all his six packs and has a beer wall in his apartment. My brother has a beer shelf in his kitchen filled with bottles with cool labels and such. It is a fun, personal way to create something and gift it to a friend! I have seen wind chimes, coasters, jewelry, and candle holders on etsy! Check out the handmade beer crafts selection here!

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Homebrewing

Homebrewing is a trendy hobby. People have been attempting to brew their own delicious beers in their kitchens. With several recipes and how-to’s on the internet, there is tons of easily accessible information for beginners. Here are some useful links and tips for all homebrewer’s.

  • American Homebrewers Association (AHA): A website dedicated to educating homebrewers! This website promotes the hobby through their posts about events, recipes, and references. Founded in 1978 by Charlie Papazian, AHA has more than 36,000 members. The AHA also produces the largest national home brewing competition. This website is loaded with videos, and tons of useful information for homebrewers.
  • Frederick’s Original Ale Maker’s (FOAM): Organized by locals in 1980, FOAM is a homebrew club that meets monthly in Frederick. FOAM gathers to discuss recipes and techniques. This is a great way to get very personal advice. Members also keep up to date on near by competitions. This is a great way to get involved in your local homebrewing community. The website contains news updates, advice from the masters, and more.

“There is something very communal about the process when multiple people are involved and can say, “together, we made this,” over a pint and a good meal.” JIm Bauckman, the Marketing and Sales Manager of Monocacy Brewing Company and Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, Md., gives advice on homebrewing, “Practice as often as you can. Homebrewers in this area are surrounded by skilled professional brewers and hombrewers alike.”

Homebrewing Tutorial

“Veteran beer-making instructor Jeremy Frey, from F. H. Steinbart Company, one of the oldest home beer supply houses in the country, shows us how to make a batch of home-made beer.”

Here is an excellent video tutorial on how to brew your first batch of beer. This video is filled with great advice for all homebrewer’s. This features an Amber Ale recipe.