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Brewing beer at home is a snap


For those connoisseurs of a frosty cold one, the Palmdale City Library will host a workshop on how to brew the best lager, pilsner, ale, stout or practically any type of popular delight on Oct. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. The class is open to anyone interested in home brewing; a free brewing kit will be raffled off to one participant.

Hosted by the Brewing Enthusiasts of the Antelope Valley Region (BEAVR), the workshop is designed as a way to bring together brewing enthusiasts. The club is comprised of veterans and beginners and welcomes local “beer fanatics” who want to learn about homebrewing.

“The Palmdale Library is about providing information of all kinds,” said Thomas Vose, library director. “We appreciate BEAVR coming out and showing people how to start and enjoy a new and exciting pastime.”

A lively conversation about homebrewing—even the very beginnings of “mead” fermentation in the Middle Ages—is part of the discussion in a regular forum conducted by BEAVR; members of the group will be present at the workshop to lend advice and to encourage beginners to get involved with the increasingly popular hobby. Centuries ago in Europe, beer was the most practical way to quench your thirst because most water sources—particularly in heavily populated areas—were of very poor quality and by boiling it,  adding ingredients such as barley, rice or hops (even types of fruit) and then fermenting it reduced the chances of contracting deadly diseases such as typhoid or cholera.

Registration is not necessary, but space is limited. The Pamdale Library is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more details, call (661) 267-5600 or visit