KegWorks Taps into Home Brewing

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

May 7, 2014 Updated May 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM EDT

There's a lot to say cheers about at KegWorks. The local company is toasting an expansion at its retail store at 1460 Military Road.

A brand new, state of the art demonstration area, complete with a home brewing kitchen, is aimed at home brewers.

Next month, KegWorks will begin offering home brew workshops where beer lovers can learn all about home brewing starting with Home Brew 101, all the way up to expert levels of beer making.

Company president David Rivers says there were 1.2 million home brewers in the U.S. last year. It's one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country for many reasons.
"You can save a little bit of money, yes, but more of it is the camaraderie of doing it; the fun of doing it," Rivers said. "It's a hobby. A group of people get together on Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon and brew a batch of beer. While they're brewing they're drinking some beer beer they made the previous few weeks."

Rivers compares it to people who go golfing together. Even those who prefer to brew alone like to share their finished product.

KegWorks hopes to take the concept to other cities in the U.S.

Rivers started KegWorks 16 years ago as a website at home. Now he has 52 employees. KegWorks has become one of the leading merchants of draft beer equipment, bar supplies and more. They got into home brewing equipment several years ago.