Beer School

Why Beer?
Beer is the most popular alcholic beverage and also the oldest. To understand the cultural prevalence of beer throughout history, while at the Brickskeller I created a Crash Course in beer that condenses the basics of craft beer into three sessions. They cover a wide range of topics related to craft beer, like the history behind major styles, the brewing process, glassware, where to find craft beer in the area, and so on. Learn more about the beer world while tasting some the best craft beer out there…
Session 1 & 2: “What is beer?…”: Overview of the Basics
*A brief history of beer’s origins
*Ale vs Lagers
*Ingredients: Quick overview of how water, barley, hops and yeast contribute to a beer’s flavor and aroma
*Focus: The mystery of yeast and it’s contributions to the flavor and aroma
*Focus: The uses of malted barley to achieve certain flavors or colors
*Why are there different kinds of glassware available?
*The Alcohol by Volume (ABV%)
Session 3 & 4: The Awakening of American Taste Buds
*Revisit English Beer: What is meant by “Real Ale” and Cask Beer? And the Birth of the IPA
*Focus: The varieties of hops, how their grown, when they’re added, and the International
Bitterness Units (IBUs)
*Why did industrial macrobeer lagers permeate the US market?
*The American Craft Beer Revolution: The growth of the craft beer industry in the past couple of decades
*Local Beer: Learn what the Washington, DC/Baltimore area has to offer the beer enthusiast
Session 5 & 6: Around the World
*Revist the brewing process: Quick overview of the ingredients and the process
*Learn more about why certain styles are inherent to certain regions/countries: Lagers of Bavaria and Bohemia vs Belgian Ales
*What is the difference between abbey beers and trappist beers? A little more history on Belgian Beer
*Growth of interest in Belgian beer
*Bottle Conditionng and the ability to age beer (it’s not just for wine folks)
*The contribution of adjuncts and the popularity of fruit in your beer
*What goes with what?: Info on beer and food pairings
When and Where?
At the moment I am offering classes at Bourbon Glover Park that offer basically the same info. Check out my new post to find out more. But if you have a group that would be interested in putting a tasting/session together just contact me at

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