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2012-10-17 / News

Local brewers to share their craft

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — Sometime after Neolithic hunters settled down and began growing grain in the Fertile Crescent nearly 12,000 years ago somebody invented beer and Saturday nights were never the same.

The Lapeer Area Brewers, a group of about 26 area residents who more than a little enjoy the art of making craft beers, will share their knowledge of brewing for a second time Nov. 3 at Louie’s Sports Tavern, 3301 Davison Road to mark National Learn to Homebrew Day.

Louie’s, said club president Mike Mullins, is a natural place for his group to hold its annual demonstration since bar manager, Jennifer Zeeman, is a fan of craft beers and Louie’s has one of the largest selections of craft beers in the areas. Mullins said Louie’s has commercial versions of most of the beers his club members make.

While Prohibition ended in 1933 with the passage of the 21st Amendment, it was illegal to homebrew beer until President Jimmy Carter signed a law in 1978 leaving homebrewing regulation up to the states and exempting beer made for personal use from taxes. Michigan is now one of 48 states that allows homebrewing and allows homebrewers to give 20 gallons of beer as gifts.

The Lapeer Area Brewers meet at 3 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Lapeer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4139 Lawrence W. Smith Post 128 Daley Rd. Mullins said between 20 and 26 people meet to discuss brewing and exchange ideas.

Mullins said he began home brewing 12 years ago when his wife bought him a beer making kit as a gift. “I’ve been wasting a lot of time ever since,” he joked. “Buy a man a beer and he’ll waste an hour. Teach him how to make beer and he’ll waste a lifetime.”

He said his club members will hold beer brewing demonstrations in the parking lot at Louie’s and they’ll have three or four home brews for sampling inside.

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