The Brewminaries is a homebrew club in Prospect Heights focused on helping every member make better beer through experiments, brewing, & discussion.

We were founded in March 2015 by a handful of brewers from the Bitter and Esters' beer swap. Right out of the gate we had award winning brewers, and BJCP certified judges as members. With more than 50 years of brewing experience between the founders, we realized we had the potential to help beginner brewers become better brewers, faster.

The Brewminaries were born out of a passion for brewing and community. Members enjoy leap-frogging the classic mistakes and speed bumps that a novice brewer would face alone. We support each other, and make better beer together.



Rachel Zeiss


Rachel is one of the earliest members of the Brewminaries, and has been brewing with her husband since 2014. Starting off with kits and recipe books and knowing pretty much nothing, Rachel now loves to create and work on recipes, be it a traditional style (always a challenge) or something totally out there.  She loves gathering with friends (especially for brew days) and making sure everyone is fed. She also loves to cook and bake, so combining food with beer has been the logical next step. Being a part of the Brewminaries means sharing and collaborating, and you couldn't find a more welcoming and interesting group of people to learn from! Want to know about how much she loves the club and everything it stands for? Feel free to contact me about anything Brewmie related!



Ariel Schwarz-Kainz

Vice Dictator

Ariel hails from the Land of 10,000 Lakes where she was first inspired to create delicious beer from the amazing breweries in her hometown of Minneapolis, MN. She's been brewing with her husband for over 4 years in their apartment in Brooklyn. When she isn't working at Beer Table, you can find her reading, working on her podcast and planning her next vacation. She enjoys brewing malt forward beers, experimenting with yeast, and sipping on a sour/wild ale. Care to share one? Ariel's door is always open, reach out any time.

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Greg Badavas


Greg is a New England native – born in New Hampshire and raised in Massachusetts. He spent the first 20 years of his life in the Boston area before moving to Washington DC, the Lower East Side and finally Brooklyn. Greg's home brewing is focused on process control and he primarily brews classic styles – constantly tweaking and re-brewing recipes.  When not dragging his wife to remote breweries across the country, expect to find him in his Brooklyn apartment, brewing with friends and recruiting new members to the Brewmie family.


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Ben Kainz

Scientific Officer

Ben comes from the Good Land. Growing up in Milwaukee, he embraced his German and American heritage with a love for brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, and most importantly beer. When he moved to NYC to start working in the film industry, Ben picked up home-brewing to save money on those pricey bar tabs. 4 years later he realizes he never saved any money, but found a hobby he loves. He likes brewing up those classic German styles and putting his own spin on it, especially with a Berliner Weisse or Gose. He likes entering competitions to test his brewing fundamentals, but also loves to push the boundaries of what a beer can be. If you have any beer-related questions give him a shout or if you want something sampled you won’t have to ask him twice.



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Carrie Soom


Carrie is a Buffalo native who currently lives in Brooklyn and has been brewing since 2014. Rather than having a favorite style, Carrie tries to make interesting beers inspired by things she loves- friends, family, and her favorite pets/movies/presidents. She enjoys mediocre pop music, karaoke, sewing, and basically any movie that angry people on the internet refer to as "feminist propaganda." She's working on visiting all 50 states, so you can find her obsessively making google maps and travel plans to figure out what breweries and dinosaur skeletons she's going to visit next.

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Leo Gil

Dean of the Brewminaries

Leo Gil was born in New York City, he quite likes beer, and he quite likes New York City beer and its brewers. When he's not helping the Brewminaries be the best they can be to the best of his ability, he's off running, photographing dogs, and enjoying beer in various places (and often times, combining the three). A non profit supervisor by trade and need by self identification, Leo is proud to be a part of the Brewminaries as they go into their fourth year.