We’ve been making alcohol since before the start of recorded history. It’s one of our oldest avocations. But have we become too dependent on big manufacturers, on superstores, on well-known brands? The young people featured in these videos have taken the making of alcoholic beverages into their own hands. They’re not driven by some grand anticorporate campaign. It’s more basic than that. They’re independent spirits making independent spirits.
Erica and Stephen of the Brooklyn Brew Shop are reviving the oldest beverage in history, one gallon at a time. It’s kitchen-based, friendly stovetop beer making that gives New Yorkers a new definition of what it means to enjoy a cold one, from curried stout to rhubarb root ale. Starting from the simplest of pasta pots, they’ve built a fun, thriving small business from their passion for brewing at home.
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