Make: Live brewing friends Douglas Amport and John LaPolla have finally opened their brew supply and brew-on-premisis shop in New York City, called Bitter and Esters (formerly City Brewshop). They’re still installing equipment but are open weekends from noon-7pm and are holding brewing classes starting July 10. John and Douglas helped me pick out ingredients for a wheaty ale. I tasted different grains and we picked out yeast and hops that would balance together well. Some computer software aided in calculating every possible thing about the beer, like color, alcohol content, and bitterness. It’s currently fermenting in my pantry.

Bitter and Esters – 700 Washington Ave. Brooklyn NY


Make: Live 5/11/11 — Brewing Beer and Coffee (video)

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).