Have you ever stared into your happy-hour pint glass, watching the little bubbles of carbonation float to the surface, and asked yourself: What is beer? What makes an ale an ale? What is "Belgian style"?
The beer masters at Rhinegeist want you to wonder no more as they introduce their Brewcademy, "the Rhinegeist Brewery Beer School for People Who Want to Learn About Good Beer and Other Things Too." It's a school for people who like beer and want to listen to the brewery's Director of Education/professor Chris Shields discuss the science and art behind brewing, tasting and appreciating beer. Shields is a Certified Cicerone with an MS in biological sciences and a master of beer styles and evaluation from the Siebel Institute. He became the brewery's first director of education in 2016.
Each Brewcademy year will focus on a different theme, made up of quarterly topics. This year's theme is "Beers of the World" and classes launch March 1, with class 6:30-8:30 p.m. on that day. The first topic will be English beers; summer, fall and winter class dates and topics are to be determined.
The cost is $45 per class and include a sample glass, six beer tastings, a notebook, a writing utensil and a class patch — like a boy scout patch for beer enthusiasts.
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