Looking for something to do? Why not make some beer?

A few weekends ago some friends and I went to Barleycorn’s Craft Brew in Natick to make beer for my boyfriend’s birthday. He’s a big beer fan, so it made perfect sense.

I would recommend the experience to anyone who enjoys beer and is looking for something fun to do. Also, of course, you have to make sure that you and those you’re with have enough money for the activity.

Seventy-two 12-ounce bottles of beer and custom labels for your beer bottles cost between $150 and $200 to make/buy. You either have to pay extra to buy beer bottles from Barleycorn’s Craft Brew or supply your own bottles.

You can choose from over 130 different types of beers. Making the beer takes several hours. You add the necessary ingredients, stir the mixture while it boils, and then let it cool.

Barleycorn’s staff then transfers the beer to a fermenting vessel. Two weeks later you return to bottle the beer. Then you can drink it!

We made a porter (“Porter Square Porter”) and an IPA (“Phil Plantier No. 29 IPA”). I haven’t tried either yet but am looking forward to doing so! I’ve heard they both turned out really well.

Check out the labels we made for the bottles. The first one shows the gigantic escalator in Porter Square in Cambridge (hence the name “Porter Square Porter”) and the second one shows Phil Plantier, a former Major League Baseball player who had an extremely funny stance (hence the name “Phil Plantier No. 29 IPA”).

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