It was during last Tuesday’s class at the north west store that I began thinking about how interesting it’s been to have been in the beer and wine making business since 1993, and to observe the changes that have taken place throughout that time. How much more sophisticated and quality conscious home brewers have become during the last couple of decades!
As is usually the case, most of the people in this class came to learn about winemaking. However, largely due to Ron’s (“The Beer Guy” ) enthusiasm and willingness to share his beer making tips with the rest of us, many of the fledgeling home vintners were inspired to try their hand at a beer kit as well. The fastest growing group of home brewing fans are the 25 to 35 year olds, of whom the vast majority have a great understanding and appreciation of what a home made wine or beer can REALLY be.
Commercial imported or microbrewery style beers can cost between 3 to 4 dollars a bottle, made from a Baron’s kit would set you back about 50 cents (not factoring in your time, of course, but once you’ve found a style you really like, it becomes a labour of love!)
As for the wines, a Brunello sampled at the class was one that retails for about $85.00. Our equivalent? About $4.50 per bottle. If you add it all up, you would come out with a saving of over $2400.00. Just goes to show you, you don’t have to give up on some of the better things in life, you just have to be more creative.