Master Cicerone
Brewmaster
Certified Sommelier
Consultant
à la Bière
San Francisco
Consultant à la Bière
Master Cicerone


Beer School

with Master Cicerone and Brewmaster Rich Higgins

SUMMER 2017

Rich Teaching

at MIKKELLER BAR SF
34 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
only 1 block from Powell St. BART Station

All class prices include a post-class draft beer of your choice at Mikkeller on the date of class (up to $10).

Fantastic beer classes coming up at Mikkeller Bar SF! Developed and taught by Master Cicerone Rich Higgins, the tasting classes will offer beer fans a chance to explore a variety of subjects in beer. Become knowledgable about your favorite beverage, all while sipping international beers in Mikkeller’s downstairs Sour Room!

Taste the spectrum of hop flavors in beer. Detect and describe off-flavors. Learn the terroir of water and how different water types can perfect or ruin a beer. And see how drinking fantastic beers during class is way more fun than class was in college. Plus, tickets to the classes include a post-class beer at MIkkeller — celebrate your new knowledge after class with your pick from the draft list.

Rich is an experienced brewmaster, one of 13 Master Cicerones in the world, and a Certified Sommelier. He’s San Francisco’s premier beer educator, having taught over 100 beer classes, combining great information, personality, and beer into unforgettable classes.

Class Schedule
  • All class prices include a post-class draft beer of your choice at Mikkeller on the date of class (up to $10).
  • Beer 101 Classes: introduction to the most important issues in beer; ideal for beer fans, beer connoisseurs, restaurant and bar staff, and general public
  • Beer 201 Classes: faster-paced, deeper dives into more advanced material; ideal for brewers, homebrewers, serious beer geeks, restaurant and bar staff, and anyone looking to take their knowledge to a higher level.
  • All class attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


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Beer 201: Off-Flavors – Advanced 12
Sunday, 8/6/17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
2 hrs, 12 off-flavors tasted twice each
$75 (includes a post-class draft beer of your choice, up to $10)
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Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

This combo workshop-and-tasting-quiz covers the 12 beer off-flavors listed in the Advanced Cicerone Syllabus, with discussion of each compound’s flavor profile, aroma profile, source, frequency, and appropriateness. Each flavor is served and evaluated TWICE: first, during individual evaluation with discussion; second, during a blind taste test of all of the flavors plus a control beer.

Off-Flavors Sampled: acetaldehyde, acetic acid, chlorophenols, diacetyl, DMS, H2S (hydrogen sulfide), isovaleric acid, lactic acid, lightstruck, mercaptan, metallic, and trans-2-nonenal


Beer 101: Hops
Sunday, 8/13/17, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
90 min, 6 beers, min. 24 oz. of beer
$55 (includes a post-class draft beer of your choice, up to $10)
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Hops add so much more to beer than just bitterness! Hops are flowers that add bitterness, flavor, aroma, and balance to beer. Just like wine grapes, hops are harvested once a year, and they taste different depending on the variety, where they’re grown, and what the growing conditions were like. Smell hop varieties from different continents, navigate the history of Gruits and IPAs, learn about the good (and occasionally bad!) flavors that hops can offer a beer, and taste six beers that showcase the best that hops have to offer.

Topics: hop geography, flavor, and biology, bitterness and aromas, gruit, noble hops, British hops, New World hops, classic C hops, tropical, dank, hopping techniques, dry hopping, and more

Beers Served (6): gruit, pilsner, British pale ale, American-style IPAs, new German varietal beers


Beer 201: Water Chemistry
Sunday, 8/20/17, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
90 min, 6 beers, min. 24 oz of beer
$55 (includes a post-class draft beer of your choice, up to $10)
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Did you know that beer is 85-95% water? Water has huge impact on the flavor of beer, but not in the way the marketing teams would have you believe. Sky blue waters are less important than the chemistry of brewing water. For centuries, local water chemistry dictated the type of beer brewed in a region. Why doesn’t Munich brew bitter beers? Why were IPAs from Edinburgh and Burton-on-Trent better than those from London? Why can malt sometimes taste smooth or astringent? Why can hops taste either elegant or harsh? Water is the answer! Learn the ins and outs of water chemistry in the brewhouse, and learn to taste and appreciate minerality in beer.

Topics: hardness, softness, alkalinity, salt, calcium, carbonates, sulfates, iron, Plzen, Munich, Dortmund, West Flanders, London, Dublin, English Midlands, West Coast, and more

Beers Served (6): Czech pilsner, dunkel, Dortmunder export, English IPA, Flanders red ale, local IPA


Beer 101: Off-Flavors – Essential 6
Sunday, 8/27/17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
60 min, 6 off-flavors tasted twice each
$55 (includes a post-class draft beer of your choice, up to $10)
Tickets? Buy securely via Paypal.
Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

This combo workshop-and-tasting-quiz covers the 6 beer off-flavors listed in the Certified Cicerone Syllabus, with discussion of each compound’s flavor profile, aroma profile, source, frequency, and appropriateness. Each flavor is served and evaluated TWICE: first, during individual evaluation with discussion; second, during a blind taste test of all of the flavors plus a control beer.

Off-Flavors Sampled: acetaldehyde, diacetyl, DMS, trans-2-nonenal (oxidized), infection (acetic acid), lightstruck (skunky)


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Coming this Fall:

Certified Beer Server and Certified Cicerone exam prep classes, and classes on Sour Beers, Lagers, and more! Stay Tuned, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and sign up for my email newsletters to stay in the loop.

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