In keeping with Brooklyn’s current ethos of DIY, Brooklyn Homebrew’s founders Benjamin and Danielle Stutz have come up with the perfect project to tackle at home: beer. Brooklyn Homebrew not only offers people the opportunity to buy the equipment to brew beer in their own homes, but it also offers classes in homebrewing techniques so that even the novice can be all but guaranteed a successful brewing experience.
Prior to opening Brooklyn Homebrew, both Benjamin and Danielle worked in fine dining restaurants but had ambitions to explore other ventures. Danielle tells us, “Homebrewing was introduced to us through a teacher at a food safety class in Chicago over a decade ago when we were both living there. He was a very passionate homebrewer and spoke highly of it throughout the class, and so hearing him speak made us want to give it a shot. Plus, working in kitchens really helped us understand making beer—when you work in kitchens, it helps you understand flavors and flavor combinations in a way that others may not. A lot of our early batches of beer were very experimental because of our cooking background.” Starting off small—the Stutzes worked solely in their Sunset Park apartment for the first six months—Brooklyn Homebrew has grown slowly, but steadily. Along the way, it has never stopped being a learning process, albeit an incredibly fulfilling one, for everyone involved. In that sense, though, the process of operating Brooklyn Homebrew isn’t so different from the process of homebrewing itself. “What I love about brewing is that you can spend your lifetime studying and improving your techniques, and yet you will never run out of things to learn," Benjamin tells us. "As a brewer you get to learn about chemistry, biology, metallurgy, carpentry, plumbing, agriculture, electronics, engineering, physics, cooking... I'm sure that I'm forgetting something. The more we learn, the more we have to share with our customers, and the more we enjoy brewing at home in our free time.”