This session of Beer Smarts is sold out! Look for another session in the fall.
Looking for a fun way to increase your appreciation and enjoyment of all things beer? Join Beer Smarts! Whether you’re a beer novice or a beer expert, Beer Smarts is designed to deepen your understanding of beer ingredients, the brewing process, and how to best enjoy beer.
The course includes 6 unique 1 hr sessions that are held in our taproom on Monday evenings. Led by Paige Didora, our Education Specialist, each session will focus on a specific beer topic and will feature guest speakers, behind-the-scenes looks at brewing equipment and processes, and of course, tons of beer samples! Entry to the course is $50, and class will begin at 7 pm each Monday (with an hour socializing time before and after each class).
Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:
Session 1: Beer History and Water (3/6/17)
- Intro to course
- History of brewing
- Properties of water
- Ratio of grain to water / “gravity”
- Beers famous for water reasons
Session 2: Grains and malting (3/13/17)
- Focus on malted grain / barley
- German Purity Law
- Other sources of sugar (candied sugar, lactose)
- What happens when water meets grain
- Beers famous for grain reasons
- Mini brewery tour!
Session 3: Hops (3/20/17)
- Hops – what they are, how they’re grown, and where they’re grown
- From the filter to the boil kettle
- Hop additions and other additives
Session 4: Fermentation (3/27/17)
- Historical significance of yeast as magic / God / luck
- Classification of yeast
- An overview of fermentation
- Significant yeast strains through history and by style
- Other methods of fermentation
- The bright tank (forced carbonation vs natural)
Session 5: Evaluating Beer (4/10/17)
- Packaging beer
- Beer service (cleanliness/glassware)
- Beer expiration
- Critical evaluation and tasting
- How to improve your palate
- Good beer gone bad: off flavor training
Session 6: Food and Beer Pairing (4/24/17)
- Why pair beer with food?
- Pairing with beer vs wine
- Basic taste elements
- Congruent vs complementary food and beer pairing
- Pairing tips and tricks
About Paige (Latham) Didora:
Paige has been a voice for Twin Cities beer education and press for several years. She founded the blog Alcohol by Volume four years ago and is also a contributor at Heavy Table. Paige has participated in national conferences, beer judging, and co-led educational tastings at The Four Firkins Beer Store. Her interest lies in local and national trends, beer and food pairings, as well as the science and history of brewing.