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The Boston Globe

Food & dining


DIY beer, but not in your own basement

NEWTON — Many beer lovers have carved out a piece of the basement or kitchen pantry to make home brews, but if you haven’t got the space or patience, two local establishments are here to help. You simply book a beer-brewing session, choose a recipe, and brew on site.

Hopsters in Newton and Barleycorn’s in Natick are geared toward both novices and more experienced home brewers. Pricing varies depending on the beer — $150 to $200 a session, which includes ingredients, bottles, and brew time, and nets you about three cases. Hopsters offers a 30-recipe menu, Barleycorn’s 130, with everything from sun-dried tomato pale ale to an American coconut porter. After you brew, you leave your precious cargo in the hands of the experts, then return a couple weeks later to bottle and label it.

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