One thing I am always interested in is learning more about beer and sharing opportunities for others to learn as well. The reason for this is I believe an educated consumer is a better consumer. Plus, the more you know about beer the more you will enjoy it.
Luckily, there are some upcoming classes at Top Hops Beer Shop over the next few weeks for one to learn more about beer. Top Hops is located at 94 Orchard St, New York, NY. These classes will be taught by Certified Cicerone Justin Crider.
The titles, time costs and descriptions of the classes are below.
Introductory Class: Exploration of Beer Styles
When: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $35, including beer
Class is limited to 25 students
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an Ale and a Lager? How about a Dry Stout or a Foreign Stout? What is beer actually made from? Wonder no more as we run through the basics of beer and introduce you to several major beer styles and the regions for which they’re known. We’ll discuss everything from the American Adjunct Lager to the Imperial Stout in this introduction to the wonderful world of beer. Whether you’re already a beer lover or you’re just dipping your toes in the water, we welcome you to join us for some fun times and fun brews.
More Experienced-level Classes
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $50 per class, includes beer
Class limited to 10 students
Wild & Crazy Beers, Monday October 21
Jump down the rabbit hole to explore the world of wild beers and what makes them so unique. Pucker up as we dive into sour beer after sour beer and discuss the unique character that different wild strains provide. Beers may include items from Mikkeller, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, New Belgium, and many more.
Barley to Barrel, Monday October 28
The world of barreled beers is constantly growing. Come explore the different effects of barrel finishing, aging, and fermenting and sample a wide variety of the styles that are suited for each. Possible beers may include, JW Lees Cask Harvest Ales, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, Firestone Walker XVI, Rodenbach Vintage, Hill Farmstead, and many more.
Guide to Off Flavors, Monday November 11
Ever wonder why your beer tastes like cardboard? Buttered popcorn? Vinegar? Wonder no more as we go through the most common off flavors, which beers they’re most likely associated with, and their likely causes. You’ll get to sample each one of the off flavors as well as do a blind tasting at the end to test your newfound knowledge. Off flavors will include: Isoamyl Acetate, DMS, Diacetyl, Trans-2-Nonenal, Infection, and Acetaldehyde.
To register for any of these classes or for additional information please see the Top Hops Beer Shop Classes link. I personally will be trying to attend the November 11th class if my work schedule allows.