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Hands On Beer Brewing

Learn the art of brewing your beer in this hands-on class. Discover the secrets of creating different beer styles and take home 48 bottles of your brew. Get ready to impress your friends with your newfound beer-brewing skills.

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  • 21 and older
  • $149 for 2 people
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  • 9030 S Hermitage Ave , Chicago, IL
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this beer brewing class:

This is a hands-on brewing class for beginners. You and one partner will brew 5 gallons (48 bottles) of a beer together using our equipment. After the first session the beer will stay with us as it ferments. 3-4 weeks later you will schedule an appointment to come bottle your beer and take it home with you.

First Session:

  • In-depth discussion on brewing ingredients
  • Brewing equipment and use
  • Brewing techniques
  • Hands-on brewing
  • Factors that make quality beer

Second Session:

  • Book an appointment to bottle your beer
  • Bottling techniques
  • Bottling your beer (You can bring in your own bottles or purchase new ones for $16.95 per case (24 bottles))
  • Capping your beer
  • Beer storage
  • Beer labeling (optional) You can customize a label design for a $40.00 set-up fee for 50

Important Reminders:

  • Please reach out to CourseHorse to discuss what type of beer you would like to brew. 
  • Payment is required in advance for all of classes because of the amount of work that goes into preparing for them.
  • The cost of the class is $149.00 for two people making one batch, and the cost of ingredients is not included. The ingredients cost ranges from $50 to $65. Each batch yields approximately 50 bottles (2 cases). Additional batches can be made at $75.00 plus the cost of ingredients. Private group classes are also available upon request.

Brewing List of beer Styles:

  • Red Ale - A bit sweet, with a lightly hopped tea-like flavor, and an even dextrinous body, Irish Red Ales are easy to please. Look for well-rounded and blanced flavors, and a pleasant toasted malt character in many examples. A drying finish is common 5-6% ABV. (Killians)
  • Porter - mild to dark brown (may have a red tint) in color. Porters range in flavor from bitter to sweet. The dark color comes from the use of black or roasted malt rather than the roast barley feature of stouts. The roast malt flavor and aroma character should be evident and can vary from an assertively strong (but not stringent) character to suggestively mild. This is a medium-bodied beer 5-6% ABV
  • Pale Ale - American Pale Ales range from golden to lights copper colored. The style is characterized by American variety hops used to produce high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Dry hopping is appropriate. These beers are slightly less malty than their British counterparts. American Pale Ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness. Low caramel character is allowable 5-6% ABV (Sierra Nevada)
  • Kolsch - characterized by a golden color and slightly dry, winey and subtly sweet palate. Caramel character should not be evident. The body is light. This beer has low hop flavor and aroma with medium bitterness 5-6%ABV. (Metropolitan Krankshaft)
  • Stout - Dry Stouts have an initial malt and caramel flavor profile with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. Some slight acidity may be perceived but is not necessary. Hop aroma and flavor should not be perceived. Dry stouts have medium body. Fruity esters are minimal and overshadowed by malt, hop bitterness and roasted barley character 5-6%ABV. (Guinness)
  • Hefeweizen - A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier).A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. Little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol 5-6%ABV. (Franziskaner, Paulaner)
  • Brown Ale - English Brown Ales range from deep copper to brown in color. They have a medium body, and a dry to sweet maltiness dominates with very little hop flavor or aroma 5-6%ABV. (Newcastle)
  • Blonde Ale - Golden Ales and Canadian-style Ales are a straw to golden blonde variation of the classic American-style Pale Ale. However, Golden Ale more closely approximates a lager in its crisp, dry palate, low (but noticeable) hop floral aroma and light body 5-6%ABV.
  • Belgian Wit - The best emit the aroma of Cyracao orange peel, coriander and other spices augmenting the hops. These flavors work well with the use of unmalted wheat to make these beers.They typically have a full yellow-white color, with a pale, dense head 5-6% ABV (Hoegaarden, Blue Moon)
  • Amber Ale - American Amber Ales range from light copper to light brown in color. Amber Ales are characterized by American varietal hops and to some connoisseurs should be used to produce high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma.They should have medium body 5-6%ABV (Fat Tire)
  • IPA - The style is marked by very high hop bitterness and high alcohol content. The high gravity of this beer allowed it to mature during the voyage. The intense hops helped preserve the beer. A high hopping rate and the use of water with a high mineral content results in a crisp, dry beer 5.5-6.5% ABV (Two Hearted, Torpedo)
  • Imperial Stout - Dark color to very black., Imperial Stouts typically have alcohol levels exceeding 8%. The extremely rich malty flavor and aroma is balanced with assertive hopping and fruity ester characteristics. Perceived bitterness can be moderate and balanced with malt character to very high in the darker versions 7-8%ABV.
  • Imperial IPA - you should expect something robust, malty, alcoholic and with a hop profile that might rip your tongue out 7-8%ABV
  • Belgian Tripel - Tripels are often characterized by a spicy, phenolic clove flavor. A banana fruity ester is also common. These pale/light-colored ales usually finish sweet. The beer is characteristically medium- to full-bodied with a neutral hop/malt balance 8-9% ABV. (Westmalle, Golden Monkey)
  • Belgian Saison - Saisons are crisp, tart beers made for the summer season and have a characteristic orange color and refreshing carbonation. They are hoppy with citric notes and fruity flavors and are excellent with food 7-8% ABV (Saison DuPont)


  • Price is per couple, cost of ingredients not included.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made 3 business days in advance to reschedule or for a refund less 5% cancellation fee.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Beverage Art Inc (28)

(4.7-star rating across 28 reviews)
  • Hands On Beer Brewing

    Reviewed by Paul B. on 1/16/2022
    Well organized and informative fun discussion.
  • Hands On Beer Brewing

    Reviewed by Jason M. on 10/21/2021
    The class is laid back and hands on. Greg was an awesome teacher with so much knowledge and so welcoming. We can’t wait to go back!
  • Hands On Beer Brewing

    Anonymous review on 1/17/2021
    Really liked the presentation in the beginning.
  • Hands On Beer Brewing

    Reviewed by Naana M. on 2/19/2019
    The Hands On Beer brewing class was great! Very informative and laid back. It was a great way to spend on Saturday. We are excited to come back and bottle are saison!
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students found the Hands On Beer Brewing class to be properly structured and informative, combining a relaxed, hands-on learning atmosphere with engaging lectures. They particularly appreciated the instructor Greg's depth of knowledge, approachability, and teaching style. The class format initially offered a thorough presentation before allowing them to actively participate in brewing. Students seemed to relish the opportunity to return to the class, showcasing a continued interest in the subject and the practical skills. The class appears to be more than educational but also a unique and enjoyable way to spend their weekend. Quotes: 1. "Well organized and informative fun discussion." 2. "The hands On Beer brewing class was great! Very informative and laid back." 3. "We are excited to come back and bottle are saison!"

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Questions & Answers (4)

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Question from Alex P.
The price says $125 for 2 students, but at checkout, it says 1 seat for $125. Is 1 seat for two people? Also, can an appointment be rescheduled with advanced notice?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Alex! You only need to book 1 seat - that's already good for 2 attendees. You only need to put your name at checkout. Hope this helps!
Answer from Mari L. Verified Student
Hi Alex. One seat equals 2 people. You brew 1 batch (about 2 cases) per couple. You also will have to pay for the cost of ingredients separately. The policy states that you have up to 48 hours before the class to cancel in order to receive a credit or refund.
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Question from Diana C.
Can a gift card be purchased with extra above to cost of the class to offset the cost of the ingredients etc?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there, no. The cost of ingredients must be paid at the location so you'll only be paying the $125 at checkout. Thanks.
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Question from Anonymous
Will this class be offered in February or March also?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! We don't have that information yet, but you can certainly save this class to your wish list so you'd be notified when new dates are listed on this class page. Thanks!
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Question from Anonymous
Hello, Would this be an all-grain brew or extract?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello there! Mainly extract with specialty grains. Hope this helps!
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