Beer brewing? Gin distilling? Wine fermenting? As long as it gets you drunk, we're in. These places teach you the boozy basics, then let you loose to make your own and take it home whenever you fancy - that's if your ABV is legal, mind. Whatever your tipple, here's our selection of make-your-own alcohol classes in London. And don't forget to check out the best craft beer bars in London for some inspiration first.
Alcohol classes and workshops in London
This Clapton warehouse contains clever gadgets that make sure your homebrew is worthy of even the snobbiest drinker. The ‘Braumeister’ is essentially a programmable tea urn that maintains the precise times and temperatures required in the brewing process so you don’t have to. A beginner’s course is in part learning how to obey the machine, but it’s also a thorough lesson in all the science bits you need to make sure your beer tastes great, no matter how experimental you get.
Submerge yourself in the history and qualities of gin at this class where you'll make your own special blend using carefully chosen botanicals. Every student takes home a bottle of gin and there's a fair bit of tasting to be done during the class, too.
If you're looking to take on brewing as an occasional hobby rather than a high-tech set-up, this is the beginners course for you. Small groups will learn how to cook up booze using the sort of equipment you might have at home. Each students takes home their own 'brew bible' and a one-gallon demijohn of fermenting beer. Visit the Home Brew website for details on how to book.
London wine? Who'd a thunk it? Indeed, who'd a drunk it? The capital's first winery opened in 2013 and sources grapes from vineyards across Europe. They run regular tours and occasional wine-making classes.
Got your sights set on becoming the Walter White of beer-brewing? Ubrew has the scale you'll need to start supplying more than just your friends and family. Beginners learn on the same equipment that members use, which means 50-litre batches, with the possibility of signing up to use a 100-litre tank later.