Home Brewing: Hop to It

Beer here! Home brewing is fun even for the novice brewer, yet offers endless opportunities for exploration and experimentation as your expertise grows. Whether you're a first-time brewer or a master of the hops, we've got ideas on what to brew and how to brew it -- and what to do with the final product (besides, you know, drink it.)

One Gallon Beer Making Kit with Equipment & Ingredients
One Gallon Beer Making Kit
You want to try home brewing, but you don't want to own two 5-gallon carbuoys and a bunch of other wonky equipment. Our friends at FarmCurious have solved that problem with this one-gallon beer kit. Choose from two different flavors: German Oktoberbest and IPA. Take 5% off by entering the code punkdom at checkout.
Beer Making 101
Beer Making 101
Ready to dig deeper? Delve into this in-depth online course in home brewing from our colleagues at Old School to get the skinny on the craft. Wanna brew for two? Enter the code COUPLEBREW at checkout to get two classes for $60 -- a $120 value -- through March 15, 2014. (Image via CHOW)
Get Creative
Draw inspiration from the community by checking out what they've been brewing, like a melon IPA, a hoppy pale ale, beer brewed with honey, and more. (Image via Leave Me the Oink)

What to do with your brew? Here's a few fun things to consider.

Beer-Brined Pickle
Beer-Brined Pickles
Pop a hoppy brew into your pickle brine for an unexpected twist, whether you're canning cukes, green tomatoes or onions. (Image via karen)
Beer Mustard
Beer Mustard
Beer + mustard = true love. The spicy, grainy condiment gets kicked up a level with a brew of your choice. (Image via Local Kitchen)
Stout Beer Vinaigrette with Honey & Garlic
Stout Beer Vinaigrette with Honey & Garlic
This earthy vinaigrette is lovely as a dressing for grilled seafood, a potato salad or for more robust salads like a traditional steakhouse salad with spinach, blue cheese and grilled strip loin. It pairs surprisingly well with roasted root vegetables, or more hearty greens like kale. (Image via The Hungry Belgian)
Pear & Pumpkin Ale Preserves
Pear & Pumpkin Ale Preserves
The Ps have it! Pear and pumkpin go together famously (and not just because of their alliteration), so a pumpkin ale makes the pears sing in this preserve. (Image via Local Kitchen)
Stout Beer Jelly
Stout Beer Jelly
This beer jelly is fantastic on pumpernickel or rye bread, grilled lamb, or roasted root vegetables. Try using it as a glaze on grilled or roasted meats, too. (Image via Grow It Cook It Can It)

 

Good Organic Hops

For all the small batch brewers out there looking to source certified organic hops may I suggest Ducktrap River Hops (https://www.facebook.com/DucktrapRiverHops/info). They've got a bunch of different varieties to choose from, and you'd be supporting a small family farm.

Good tip!

Good tip!

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