During the winter and early spring you will notice that Beverage Artisan is closed more frequently. Being retired, my wife and I head south to warm up for a while and visit our children. I appreciate your patience and understanding during these closures. I will try not to make things difficult too many times in the year. Please, always check Beverage Artisan's calendar in advance before visiting the store. You can also check the Beverage Artisan Facebook page for news, events, specials, as well as closure notices.
I WAS scheduled to be closed March 30, 31 and April 1. Fortunately, Jon Christianson has offered to help keep the store open while I am away. Jon is the former head brewer from Lucette. Thank you Jon.
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Winemakers often ask me, "Why do you have so much for beer making and less for wine in your store?" A valid question - homebrewers need to buy more stuff. Why? For thousands of years wines could and have been made from almost everything organic. Ingedients, other than specialty additives can be found locally in gardens, in the wild, and in grocery stores. Home beer making needs malted grains, hops, and yeasts to make their brew, that's what beer is. Today, it is possible to buy malted grains from maltsters to make beer. Hops are now available in small personal quantities from growers, and there are a plethora of brewing yeasts available for almost every style of beer imaginable. That is why there are more things for making beer here at Beverage Artisan - brewers need to buy more INGREDIENTS than winemakers. Thanks for asking.
Side note: Homebrewing was not nationally legalized until long after prohibition. In 1978, then President Jimmy Carter signed a bill legalizing homebrewing. Before then homebrewers could not buy ingredients because of regulations.