Beer drinking and brewing has become an art form. Microbreweries, producing their own special brews, are popping up all over the place and these days VB is no longer the only way for an Aussie to quench "a hard earned thirst".
It's also quite easy to become a liquid artisan and brew quite a good beverage your own – and there are an ever expanding number of ways to go about it.
To set up a home brewery you’ll first need to purchase start up equipment. Only buy the very minimum to begin with. You should be able to find basic kits on ebay for about $100.
Once you’ve got the equipment, you'll need to decide what sort of beer you’re going to brew. Recipes can be found at your local homebrew store or on-line. Follow their instructions on how to brew, then sit back and wait. Unfortunately, it will be a few weeks before you can enjoy your delicious concoction.
For those of you who like the idea of specialist beers but don’t want the mess or set-up costs associated with home brewing, the Beer Factory might well be your answer.
Each brew produces 50 litres of beer, so it might be worth inviting a few mates to chip in and share the rewards. With over 200 different beers, you and your mates will be spoilt for choice.
The process takes 2 - 4 weeks and two visits to the factory. Storing your brew at the factory also means you won’t be tempted to tap in early and ruin all your hard work.
On the first visit, you’ll select your brew, measure the ingredients, and with a staff member commence the brewing in one of the kettles they have prepared for you. All up, this should take just over an hour.
Two to four weeks later, the brewing process will be complete and it’s time to come and bottle your sweet nectar. This process shouldn’t take more than an hour. Your beer will be ready to drink immediately, so you might want to appoint a designated driver.
Beers start from $126 for the light range, and you will need to pay for the bottles or kegs, unless you can bring your own.