So after the usual venue negotiations, chasing after people for money, and just general madness I’m thrilled to announce I have managed to lock in dates for the next round of beer training. With every class there will at least be one blind off-flavour tasting, and one blind style identification, which always happens at the beginning of class. Nearly every class will contain at least one tasting of an entire BJCP category, except with guest speakers.
@ 20 classes
Monday, March 3 – Off-flavours and Introductions
Tuesday, March 4 – Sensory Evaluation and Palate Calibration
Monday, March 10 – Common Beer flavours
Tuesday, March 11 – Malts & Malting
Tuesday, March 18 – Hops w/ Organic Hop farmer Shane Eby
Tuesday, March 25 – Yeast and other organisms
Tuesday, April 1 – Review + 9 style tastings
Tuesday, April 8 – Draught Systems with UBC’s Jeff Rogowsky
Tuesday, April 15 – Provincial and Territorial selling and serving laws
Tuesday, April 22 – Food, Cheese and Beer Pairing with Chef Jesse Vallins (The Saint Tavern)
Tuesday, April 29 – Essay reviews and Ingredient Assessment
Tuesday, May 6 – Shelf life, Storage & Cellaring
Tuesday, May 13 – Pouring Techniques and Bottle service
Tuesday, May 20 – The Brewing Process Pt. 1 with Matt Tweedy (Beau’s Brewery)
Wednesday, May 21 – The Brewing Process Pt. 2 with Matt Tweedy (Beau’s Brewery)
Tuesday, May 27 – Belgian and Trappist Lore
Tuesday, June 3 – Draught Trouble-shooting + 3 BJCP category tastings
Tuesday, June 10 – Final Review
Tuesday, June 17 – Written and Tasting Exam
Tuesday, June 24 – Exam review and additional tasting exam
In between all those lessons all 76 styles in the BJCP guide will be sampled, and evaluated.
A lot of people ask me if there’s a way to reduce the number of lessons. I could do that, but I find that after 2.5 – 3 hours people’s attention span is nearly gone. It’s quite an amount of material to teach.
If your interested in writing for the Cicerone® exam, these all the bases you’ll need to cover.
Special thanks to Rob and Matt at Bar Hop for putting their faith in me and the program.
And of course, contact me via Twitter, email or this Blog for any questions you may have.