Home brewers can get crafty at April 7 program in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Bexar County Master Gardeners, Blue Star Brewing Co. and SA Cerveceros will present a Brewing at Home program on April 7 in San Antonio.

The program, part of AgriLife Extension’s Backyard Basics series emphasizing homemade and home-grown foods as well as self-reliance, will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Blue Star Brewing Company, 1414 S. Alamo.

The cost is $30 per person and dinner is included.

An interactive program on brewing craft beers at home will be held Aptil 7 at Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

An introductory program on brewing craft beers at home will be held April 7 at Blue Star Brewing Company in San Antonio. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Presenters will be David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent for Bexar County; Lou Kellogg, Bexar County Master Gardener and long-time home brewer; Joey Villareal, Blue Star Brewing Co. owner; and Dan Gomez, SA Cerveceros master brewer.

Coming to this program will be a good way for attendees to find out if home brewing is right for them, said Kellogg, who has been producing homemade craft beers for more than 25 years.

“It’s much less expensive to try brewing at home these days, and there are places in town as well as internet sites where you can buy all you need to start,” he said.

Kellogg will provide an introduction and the bulk of the program will be presented by SA Cerveceros, according to Villareal.  

“The program will provide information on the items you need to make your own home brew and how to work with the ingredients to produce a unique crafted beer,” Villareal said.

“This will be a basic introduction to brewing — sort of a Brewing 101 class,” said Pete Alanis, president of SA Cerveceros. “We’ll have some grains and a small mill and other items to show attendees the process of crafting beer. It will be a fun and interactive program, and will be particularly good for couples who are interested in home brewing.”

The program is a great fit for San Antonio Beer Week, April 2-10, Rodriguez added.

“While it may sound challenging, it’s really not a very complicated thing to do, and those who make their own craft beers get a lot of enjoyment out of both the process and the product,” Rodriguez said.

For more information, contact Angel Torres at 210-631-0400 or matorres@ag.tamu.edu

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