Beer school is in saison: Glass City Mashers host free classes on how to … – Toledo Blade

Glass City Mashers president Scot Yarnell, left, and member Jake Lydey brew German beer in Yarnell's Toledo kitchen.
Published: Friday, 10/31/2014

BY BOB CUNNINGHAM
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Glass City Mashers president Scot Yarnell, left, and member Jake Lydey brew German beer in Yarnell’s Toledo kitchen.
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Craft brewing seems to know no bounds in its burgeoning popularity.

Before all those enterprising beer makers became brew masters, they had to start somewhere.

They usually started with a homebrewing kit.

The Glass City Mashers, a Toledo homebrewing club, will host its annual Learn to Homebrew Day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Titgemeiers Feed and Garden store, 701 Western Ave.

Established in 2011, the club will have members on hand to host five different free how-to sessions, aka “beer school.” They will also be available to explain the brewing process, as well as answer general questions about making beer at home.

Tom Strohbeck, who owns Titgemeiers, said beer and wine-making sales make up about 25 percent of the store’s sales. Mr. Strohbeck said he started stocking a corner of the store with beer and wine-making supplies about 20 years ago, and it has grown at a 10 percent to 15 percent rate each year — so much so that the supplies now occupy about 50 percent of his retail floor space.

“[The club] wanted to have the event here because we’re the only beer supplies store in Toledo,” he said. “Homebrewing is really the impetus for the popularity of craft beer today. The product you can make is as good as the product you can buy.”

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