Like a fine wine, Jersey City’s craft beer and homebrewing haven The Thirsty Quaker is only getting better with age, and they are now hosting make-your-own-wine classes where every attendee gets to take home a gallon of their favorite vino.
Earlier this month, Thirsty Quaker owner Kendall Alvarez-Eskew and his wife Diana hosted their first class at the café on the 4th floor of Mana Contemporary. Guests got to sample a few different wines and then everyone made a gallon, or about six bottles worth, of their own, learning the tricks of the trade along the way.
Alvarez-Eskew says good quality wine is surprisingly easy to make at home and hopes to enlighten novices about the science of wine-making. Patrons in the classes are given a choice of six different varietals to choose from, spanning from Italy, California, Chile, and Australia. Guests will take home wine from the classes that is prepared to ferment and ready to drink in about two to three months.
The classes themselves are limited to ten couples, or twenty people, and the next one on February 1st has already sold out. But two classes remain on March 1st and 29th, so grab a partner and a spot while you can.
Alvarez-Eskew says the reception to the wine-making has been great and they may host some weekend classes at another arts space further down the line. Tickets for the currently scheduled classes are $75/couple and they will run from 6:30–8:30 PM.
Interested parties can purchase tickets here. Mana Contemporary is located at 888 Newark Avenue and The Thirsty Quaker’s home base is 492 Monmouth Street.