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Old 09-03-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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I found this groupon for 95% off a beer brewing course that normally goes for $595! Does anyone have any information on this course? I don't understand how it typically charges $600 but I think it is probably worth the new $29 price tag

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Old 09-03-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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Kind of helps to provide a link…so here:
http://www.groupon.com/deals/mixology-training-1

Okay so I looked into this because I too became curious with your link. I paid $25 to attend an all grain brewing class at a local brewery/home brew supply shop. In the class I was served copious amounts of beer and I learned. When I was done, I got one recipe of the class instructor's choosing for free. I walked away a winner…and buzzed. When I returned to a monthly big brew (where home brewers can bring their crap and brew on site) the instructor aka the dude that works in the LHBS, helped me. I returned the following month and again, was receiving massive help from this employee who is an experienced brewer himself. All for $25.

This course that is being offered as a group on is led by Bob Sylvester who owns Saint Somewhere Brewing. http://bonbeer.com/interview/bob-sylvester/interview-with-bob-silvester-brewer-owner-of-saint-somewhere-brewing-company/

It sounds super legit but it is NOT worth nor is it really a $595 value. Why do I say that? Because right here is a link to the workshop itself held in May of I believe this year and the price was $15-25. I am not sure why the range, perhaps if they don't like your haircut they charge more, but still. It is not even a $29 value.

Would I buy the group on? No. Would I buy it if the workshop isn't offered outside of this deal? Probably. We're talking $4.00 difference and if you really want to take it then go for it. You are not saving a single penny though and you're not getting in on the ground floor of some deal of the lifetime. You are indeed correct in your suspicion.

I think a quick course on AG brewing is great for all who are just starting out. It sure did ease some nervousness I had when considering going from extract to AG and the extra help was a super big bonus.

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I would never pay for a class that is listed at such an outrageous rate, then discounted deeply to make it look like the sweetest deal on earth. No matter who teaches it. These "obscene" practices need to be stopped and everyone can do their bit by boycotting them. I realize this falls onto deaf ears for most, so if you don't agree, consider it a loose rant and live on. I took the red pill long time ago.

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List a fair price. Stick to it. If prices offered vary by more than 10% something is wrong from the get go.
You can tell, I hate retail.

+1 to Hello for pointing out the real treasure chest of the home brewing community.

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Haha... Thanks Hello and IslandLizard, both comments are all I need to know to avoid something like this! Of course I was quite skeptical of a $600 course dropped down to $29! Also, very jealous of your opportunity to have a $25 hands on class like that. Thanks for your input

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Haha... Thanks Hello and IslandLizard, both comments are all I need to know to avoid something like this! Of course I was quite skeptical of a $600 course dropped down to $29! Also, very jealous of your opportunity to have a $25 hands on class like that. Thanks for your input
Once you realize that Groupon gets 50% of anything they advertise it's easy to figure what that course is really worth. Over 160 tickets were sold so you'd be "learning to brew" in a mob. Besides, he's a bartender instructor...

Instead, find a good LHBS to take a class in a small group, usually no more than 12-20 people, go to a Big Brew event, "assist" other brewers and learn, talk to home brewers, join a home brew club, etc. Don't forget Youtube instructions, John Palmer's How to Brew and last but not least, this forum. Start with the stickies.
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