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BYOB: Don't just bring it, brew it

By Juan Carlos Fanjul bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - Lately, it seems like everyone is rethinking what they spend their money on, and that may include your nightly cocktails. But there's a much more inexpensive way to enjoy your favorite drink.

"I started with the lighter and progressively went darker. I like the dark beer," said Michael Artale who makes his own beer. "It was an expense for me because at the end of my day I do like my beer. It's half the price to make my own."

Brewing your own ale is nothing new, but at BX Beer Depot in Lake Worth, owner Sally Parsons said what is new is the onslaught of customers looking to save a buck while sipping their favorite cold one. "A lot of people have been coming in to find out about the benefits about home brewing, so the business has really been taking off."

Start-up costs for the right grains, hops, the perfect brewing pots and other do-it-yourself equipment runs about $100. But take into account that one 6-pack of craft beer usually costs $11 at the store. When eight 6-packs of home brewed beer, usually the amount produced in a batch, is only $30.

Beer is not the only do-it-yourself concoction worth toasting to. Virtually all of these wine connoisseurs make their own vintages at the Vines to Wines micro-winery in Wellington. Store owner Molly Pardo said, "We are definitely holding steady and a little bit better in fact than last year, and that says a lot right now for any business."

Pardo says part of the reason why business has been decent for the times is because more people want to save while savoring their favorite chardonnay or pinot noir.

She's making a cabernet with Renee and Tracy Post who for four years have made their own vino and never looked back. Selecting raw grape juices from around the world, fermenting them in barrels or jugs, and creating the labels can be a 10 month or more process. But it's the taste and the price that really make it all worth it.

If you thought making your own wine was just a hobby, think again about the financial implications. Most people make their own bottles of wine for about $11. At the store that same bottle will run you $40 to $50 or even more. Now that's a savings you can enjoy.

These do-it-yourselvers say the quality of their wine is the same if not better than what you would find at the store. "Because it doesn't have the chemicals that commercially produced wines have. It tastes fresher, cleaner, it's a nice product actually," explained Pardo.

At the BX Beer Depot, the owners tells us homemade dark beers can provide many of the same benefits as dark wines with regards to high flavonoid content to promote, in moderation, a healthy heart.

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