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Best Resources For Home Brewers In LA

October 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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Ever since the craft beer movement came to town, more people have tried their hand at making their own small batches of beer. Essentially, that’s pretty much how craft beer was born. While the act of home brewing isn’t necessarily difficult, creating palatable flavors can be tricky. A little too much yeast or not enough malt and the whole batch is blown. Fortunately, there are a few resources for the aspiring home brewer. Whether you’re looking for top-of-the-line equipment and ingredients or some specific advice and instruction, you’ll want to check out these home-brewing resources.

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Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply
4981 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 258-2107
www.brewsupply.com

Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply is a full-service retail store that carries everything you need to brew your own beer. It carries everything from equipment kits for beginners to advanced brewers, brew kits, grains, yeast (to convert sugars into alcohol), malts and ingredients to create your own beer and much more. Classes are only $10, but if you buy a brew kit, the class is free. A second location in Culver City makes brewing your own beer even more convenient.

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The Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop
22836 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 884-8586
www.homebeerwinecheese.com

The Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop is a haven for hobbyists. Providing quality ingredients like yeast, hops and malts in addition to reliable equipment and instructions, there’s no question why this place has been around since 1972. The infamous Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society holds its meetings at the shop and newcomers are welcome. Get supplies, helpful information and inspiration at The Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop.

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Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 257-7866
www.eaglerockbrewery.com

Whether you’re a master homebrewer or just getting started, the Homebrew Demo classes at the Eagle Rock Brewery have something of interest for everyone. Each class teaches valuable techniques from professionals and gives you hands-on experience. Classes start at $20 but that includes lunch and beer sampling. The next Homebrew Demo class is TBA so be sure to check in the website frequently. Better yet, stop in and check out any of Eagle Rock’s other beer events. Think you’ve got the next best seller? Bring your batch to the Homebrew Demo class and the brewers will give you a professional critique.

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Simi Valley Home Brew
4364 Eileen St.
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 587-0581
www.SimiValleyHomeBrew.com

The holidays are just around the corner and the quest to find the perfect gift for the beer lover in your family will begin. Simi Valley Home Brew offers not just classes for homebrewing, but all of the supplies and ingredients needed. Sure, Simi Valley is a bit of a trek, but weekly classes offer flexibility and everything a homebrewer needs is already in stock. It’s even open on Sunday and special orders aren’t a problem.

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Maltose Falcons
California Homebrew Club
22836 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
www.maltosefalcons.com

Are you constantly thinking about brewing your next batch? When you go to parties, do you bring a batch of your homebrew with you? Do your friends think you’re a little weird about your homebrew? Well, you’re not alone. The Maltose Falcons is an established and well-recognized California Homebrew Club made up of guys and gals who share your passion for homebrew. Founded in 1974, The Falcons hold beer-brewing competitions, take tours of professional breweries, throw parties, hold membership meetings, attend homebrew events and, of course, brew beer. The club is open to everyone from the novice to the expert and joining is easy as it can be done online.

Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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