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Home Brewing Workshop

It’s a pity that the drink that so perfectly suits a sweaty day and a blazing sunset is one that’s not so easy to brew in a tropical climate. 

While craft beer has been growing at a phenomenal rate across the rest of the country, in the Top End where we need it the most, climate and distance means the choice is still limited – unless, you do it yourself. After all, that’s how the phenomenon started in the first place.

“Darwin and the NT has an emerging homebrew scene, but there’s issues with getting raw materials and the quality ingredients a home brewer would like, given the humidity and general condition throughout the year,” says Brisbane brewer Michael (Mick) Guy.

Guy’s homebrew workshop teaches beginner brewers (kit and kilo experience is enough) the basics of brewing “a really easy pale ale for the tropics,” with the opportunity to further your skills and try out some different techniques.

All participants will leave with 20 litres of wort to ferment at home, as well as a fermenter and a full instruction manual to continue the process.

Guy was a backyard brewer before he and two mates started Semi-Pro Brewing Co., a gypsy brewing outtfit that now produces about 20 kegs per month.

“Gypsy brewing is using someone else’s brewery to make your beer, but in small batches,” he explains.

Now Semi-Pro is in the early stages of building its own brewery in Brisbane, and Guy is keen to help the craft beer community grow in the Top End.

“The more guys and girls involved, the easier it is to increase skills and move onto bigger and better beer selection," he says.

“It’s about using what materials you have, trying to make it as simple as possible...and as straight forward as possible for brewers to make a good, flavourful ale for the tropics.”

Cheers to that! 

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct | 10am-4pm | Accomplice | $220

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