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Homemade Brew Ready in Time for Father's Day

Homemade Brew Ready in Time for Father's Day

Five thousand years after beer was born in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, the brewing tradition continues at The Village at Buckland Court in South Windsor, Conn., where Mike Rock, Dining Services Director and avid homebrewer, recently assembled a group of residents to brew a batch of beer for Father’s Day.

Mike set up in one of the community’s three Country Kitchens – the one adjacent to a pool table, of course! “I took them through the entire process,” says Mike, “teaching them the difference between ale and lager and how toasting the grains determines the beer’s color.”

Their brew is named “Pure Sole” because it smelled like shoes while brewing.

After learning the basics, the residents – all men – joined in the brewing process while making Tim Allen’s Home Improvement grunt.

“Everyone got a turn at grinding the grains with an electric drill, and during breaks in the process we shot pool and ate German pretzels with mustard flavored with ale from a local craft brewery," says Mike. “The experience deepened my relationship with the guys and gave me an even greater appreciation for life. I’ve never been this happy at work.”  

At the Buckland Court Father’s Day brunch on June 18, every man will receive a six-pack of their brew, named “Pure Sole” because it smelled like shoes while brewing.

Before joining us at Benchmark on New Year’s Day, Mike owned his own restaurant named “Stir the Pot.” He’s the proud father of three boys, plays hockey and enjoys camping. As a homebrewer, his greatest achievement is a killer Double IPA with a nice touch of pineapple.

If you’ve got 15 minutes, Mike invites you to watch this compilation of every grunt (662) from all 203 episodes of Home Improvement.

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