Drinking and going to class really aren't that different: both expand the mind, lead to late nights, and, if done properly, culminate with you sitting around in a robe one weekend, being lectured about how it's now probably time to join the workforce. Finally fusing the two completely: Hop City's Home Brewing Classes.
Just launching from the scholarly brewing supplies-salesmen at Hop City, these 3hr, stew-your-own-brew courses are designed to make hooch-creation "a fun adventure", and're held at the backlot beer garden of the 5 Seasons Westside, aka Ali G repping his hood so hard it can't be contained in a normal calendar year. The first three courses of every month teach basics in four steps, from using a propane burner to make boil of malts/ grains/ hops, to steeping the grain, to sanitation, to primary fermentation, or Herman Cain's strategy of trying to avoid being labeled 2012's yeast inflammatory candidate. The fourth Saturday covers the "intermediate partial mash", showing you the science of going from malt extract to all-grain brewing, which still allows for kitchen-friendly stove-top creation, but requires more attention to timing and temperature control, or what Herman Cain calls "an important step in the making of a delicious Taco Pizza".
There's room for up to 70 students in each $10 class, and if the tasting-as-you-brew action isn't enough, servers from 5 Seasons will swing through delivering orders for currently tapped lagers, oatmeal porters, and house IPA Echo St, which, just like a lecture about why working is better than drinking, sounds super hollow.