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As Plato once said, "He was a wise man who invented beer." Ancient and modern civilizations agree on this observation, although the brewing process has evolved substantially since the philosopher raised a glass circa 400 BC. Chelsea Brewing Company, Manhattan's largest microbrewery, offers a peek at today's brewing processes with a free tour of its site, which features a copper-and-brass 30-barrel brewhouse, six 60-barrel unitanks, four 30-barrel unitanks, two 60-barrel bright beer tanks, six 15-barrel servers, a fully automatic grain-handling system, an automated bottling system and a kegging system. The tour includes free samples (naturally), along with tickets for discounted pints to savor afterward at the brewery's bar and restaurant, which overlooks the Hudson River. Current seasonal brews on tap include Hoppy Holidays, an annual American ale, and a Russian imperial stout. Tours start at 2pm every Saturday and continue on the hour through 6pm. For more information, visit chelseabrewingco.wordpress.com.