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Make your own beer, and drink it too

Posted: Updated: March 16, 2012 12:07 AM

Hops, yeast, and barley make beer.

Many people in the Upstate are learning this as they try their hand at making their own beer - homebrewing.

The third Thursday of each month, homebrewers assemble at Grape and Grains Winery to try each other's blends and talk beer.

The shop is a winery and also offers space. It and sells supplies for wine making and beer brewing.

Instead of packaged beer making kits, owner Ken Anderson offers fresh malts, hops and yeasts for homebrewers to mix and match how they like.

And if you have expensive tastes, brewing your own clones is cheaper. Jonathan Clayton, of Anderson, said the kinds of beer he enjoys drinking would cost about $6 in a store, but to make at home, it's only 75 cents.

Anderson first brewed when he lived in the Northwest, but he got back into it when he moved to the South and wanted more variety.

His wife, Janel, said, "He really saw that this trend was coming out east, and when we moved to Greenville especially. He said, 'You know, we need to open up a homebrew supply store, because somebody else is going to do it.'"

The couple has found great - and growing - demand for their specialized store.

Homebrewing is getting so big in the area that this June will be the second annual homebrew competition, hosted at Grape and Grains.

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