A closer look at the homebrewers’ passion

Posted on May 02 , 2014 in Beer Social

Our 17th Tap showcases area homebrewers

Our concept, the 17th Tap, was born out of many conversations and visits from our area’s passionate home brewing community to Bocktown. With the 17th Tap, we are able to share home brew samples with you on occasion. We do not charge for these, but we do request you fill out feedback forms for the brewers, as that is what they need! They occasionally host events with their clubs, but the 17th Tap gives them a specific spotlight when they need it or want feedback. The confirmation, critique, and input from the community of craft beer lovers may be market research for an up and coming brewery!  Please don’t think that home brewed beers are ever sub par, actually the opposite is often true. Brewing such  small batches allows these hobbyists, and budding entrepreneurs to spend a little extra money and time. They care to refine their recipes to give you something superior, that you many never taste again!

The uniqueness of the homebrewer

There have been literally thousands of conversations about the art of brewing, and almost as many tastes of home brewed goodness over the years at Bocktown. Many of the samples and gifts we have received have been from home brewers in the start up phase of their businesses. They are looking for feedback, and are also simply marketing themselves. We remember fondly, homebrews from Shawn Gentry, well before there was a Helltown Brewing, and most of the samplings we host during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week started somewhere in a similar way. We either meet them in the wild at fests, or they come on by to talk shop, and share their beer.

The home brewer is a very unique person, they are producer and consumer all wrapped up in one. They are their own worst enemy and often throw beer down the drain. They have a product that often, very often, surpasses the beer that is available commercially, because they don’t mind the cost of the ingredients, nor do they have to worry about the forces that govern what they call a beer, nor do they wonder if it is going to have a mass appeal. Home brewing is part cooking, part mad science and mostly part love. Anyone that home brews can follow recipes just as we do when we first start learning how to cook. Then they become brave, more creative with their recipes and if you have a friend that home brews, you have probably been the fortunate recipient of their wares!

Some home brewers will always be hobbyists; Some will turn their love of the craft into a profession. Many breweries have been built this way. There is so much more to be said, and a lot is said here in the video:


Participating in the 17th Tap…

Please join us on occasion to celebrate the home brewers that live and work among us here in Pittsburgh. When we are featuring the 17th Tap, it will listed on our tap lists, promoted on Facebook, with #17thtap, in the home brew clubs forums, and mentioned in our B-Mails.  If you visit either location while we are featuring the 17th Tap, be sure to ask your server for a complimentary pour, review them on @untappd, call out on twitter, and fill out the feedback forms!  Each time we will showcase another area brew crafted with love. Styles will vary will pour while supplies last for the day.  One per person per visit per location per day!

Please give us feedback for the brewers via Facebook or twitter! Tasting notes and brewer’s information will be on the tables!

Note: We usually run these features during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, American Craft Beer Week and whenever someone asks to become involved. If you are a home brewer and would like to participate, please send an email to us through our contact form to begin the conversation. Cheers!