The staff at Siciliano's is pleased release the schedule for our homebrew and winemaking classes in 2017. Locations will be announced prior to each class. Unless otherwise noted, walk-ins are welcome. However, please keep in mind that space is limited. Sign up in person at Siciliano's or call ahead to reserve your spot. See you soon, everyone!
Introduction to Kegging and Draft Maintenance
March 12 (2:00 p.m.): Are you a homebrewer that's sick of bottling? Or a beer lover seeking the convenience of a kegerator? In this class we will go over how to keg and carbonate beer at home, design and build a home kegerator, and best maintenance practices. We will also go through anatomy of commercial kegs and connections for those interested in having their favorite commercial beer on tap at home. Cost: $10
Introduction to Homebrewing (Extract Brewing 101)
April 9 (2:00 p.m.): This class focuses on the basics of brewing your first beer. We will go through the steps and equipment necessary in brewing beer at home. The style of beer we will be brewing is an American IPA. We will also look at the history, characteristics, and tips for brewing a great IPA. Cost: $10
Yeast Heath, Propagation and Capturing
May 21 (2:00 p.m.): Learn about the basic biology of yeast and how it relates to healthy beer fermentation. This class will cover how to grow yeast populations for proper pitching rates using starters, storage, and how to manipulate yeast during fermentation. You will also learn how to harvest wild yeast and microbes from your backyard for truly unique beers derived from your surroundings. Cost: $10
Introduction to All Grain Brewing
June 12 (6:30 p.m.): This class is designed for homebrewers that wish to make the transition into all-grain brewing. We will go through the additional steps and equipment necessary for brewing all grain recipes. This class will also go through the basic techniques for designing recipes. The style of beer we will be brewing is an Belgian Saison, which we will look at the history, characteristics, and tips for brewing a great Belgian Saison. Cost: $10
Introduction to Fruit Winemaking
June 19 (6:30 p.m.): An introduction to making wine from fresh fruit. This class will cover the basic process and equipment of winemaking as well as a variety of other subjects. You will learn how to test your pH, make acid adjustments, sugar adjustments, and how to prepare the fruit for a healthy fermentation. Cost: $10
Off Flavor Seminar
July 10 (7:00 p.m.): Understanding and identifying off flavors in beer is critical in being an educated drinker and brewer. For brewers, proper identification can help trouble shoot brewing problems. For this class we will be spiking beer samples with the six most common off-flavors found in beers to better train our palettes to identify problems. This event is just two days before the next Certified Cicerone exam in Chicago for those needing practice before taking the test. Cost: $30. Deadline for sign up is July 1.
Grape to Glass Introduction on Grape Harvest & Winemaking
August 21 (6:30 p.m.): An introduction to making wine from fresh grapes. This class will cover the basic process and equipment for winemaking as well as a variety of other subjects. You will learn how to harvest your grapes, press the the grapes, test sugar content, make sugar adjustments test pH, and make acid adjustments. Cost: $10
Hops, Harvest and Wet Hopping
September 10 (2:00 p.m.): Join us for an in-depth discussion on the anatomy of hops and chemistry of hops in beer. We will go through how to harvest and use home grown hops, drying techniques, and wet hopping. While we cover this discussion on hops we will also be brewing an all-grain batch of beer with freshly picked wet hops. Cost: $10
Introduction to All Grain Brewing
October 8 (2:00 p.m.): This class is designed for homebrewers that wish to make the transition into all-grain brewing. We will go through the additional steps and equipment necessary in brewing all grain recipes. This class will also go through basic techniques for designing recipes. The style of beer we will be brewing is an American Stout. We will look at the history, characteristics, and tips for brewing a great American Stout. Cost: $10
New and Returning Beer
- Bell's Third Coast Old Ale, $2.79/12oz - "Third Coast Old Ale starts with a rich, caramel base, and finishes with a heavy hop bitterness. Sharply intense at first, it will age gracefully, adding complexity and subtlety in your cellar. Go ahead, test your patience" (source).
- Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotty Karate, $4.49/12oz - "It is hard to believe it has been 10 years, since we first released Scotty Karate Scotch Ale!!! What better way to celebrate the decade than to release a Bourbon Barrel Aged edition of this mighty fine Scotch Ale" (source).
- New Holland Lost Dune, $1.79/12oz - "A refreshing and aromatic summer ale. Tropical notes of Mosaic hops and bright citrus of coriander complement the rounding smoothness of blueberries from Michigan’s dune-laden west coast" (source).
- North Peak Archangel, $1.79/12oz - "Archangel is a light wheat ale brewed with Michigan cherries from the Traverse City area Crisp with a refreshing tartness, it’s the perfect beer for sunny days and beaches" (source).
- Saugatuck Reverent Monk, $1.79/12oz - "A traditional Belgian Tripel with complex flavors of clove, banana, and spicy esters. Deep yellow in color and medium bodied with a sweet finish" (source).
- Lagunitas Doppel Weizen, $4.79/22oz - "This special brew was designed with the help of our Freistaat Bayern brothers who also built the brewhouse upon which we brewed it. It's a new twist on an old tradition" (source).
- Heavy Seas Alpha Effect, $2.19/12oz - "With a lightning strike of exotic hops, the Alpha Effect is a hazy and dank IPA thundering with juicy hop aroma and flavor. With a hefty 7%, the Alpha Effect has enough malt to balance the ridiculous amount of hops we used to create this category 5 monster. Hazy, but never muddy, this is an expertly brewed IPA" (source).
- Short's Chief Hopper, $1.99/12oz - "Chief Hopper is a Double IPA hopped with Vic Secret, Simcoe, and Centennial hops inspired by the show “Stranger Things.” Chief Hopper is deep gold in color and has a dense white head. Dank aromas of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are accompanied by just a hint of malt. Smooth and balanced in flavor, a citrus forefront is matched with equal malt character" (source).
- Short's Publican Porter, $1.99/12oz - "Publican Porter is a full-flavored London Style Porter with a black, opaque color that leaves a pleasing dark brown lace. Rich, decadent aromas of espresso entice the senses, eventually giving way to subtle biscuit like tones. The use of heavily roasted malt imparts tasty flavors of burnt coffee and dark chocolate, accompanied by a suitable and pleasant bitterness" (source).
- Oddside I Want My HTV, $1.99/12oz - "Imperial Citra Pale Ale" (source).
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