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 2018

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 continue 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 a variety of beers from around the world in Mikkeller’s downstairs Sour Room!

Beer Appreciation Classes first Sundays

Photo: Beer Class

See how much fun class can be when it includes drinking fantastic beer! 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 16 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.

  • 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, Certified Beer Server candidates, 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, Certified Cicerone candidates, and anyone looking to take their knowledge to a higher level.
  • Prep Courses for Cicerone® Exams: courses consisting of multiple class periods that include lecture and discussion, in-class quizzes, hand-outs, and structured beer tastings. Prep Course for Certified Cicerone® Exam also includes beer off-flavors tasting, food pairings, a 4-course beer dinner. Prep Courses for Cicerone® Exams can be scheduled if enough interest. Click here for more info.
  • All class attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


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Class Schedule

Beer 201: Pilsner!
Sunday, 6/3/18, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
90 min, 8 beers, min. 32 oz of beer
$45, includes a post-class draft beer of your choice (up to $10)
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Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

Master this essential beer style! True pilsner is complex and delicious. Learn its fascinating history and flavor traits that have made it the world’s most popular beer style. We’ll taste the differences among its various sub-styles, learning about the different ingredients and brewing techniques along the way, nerding out about topics like decoction, diacetyl, hop varieties, exogenous enzymes, and skunking. Throughout the class period, we’ll taste several different takes on pilsner, and then we’ll wrap up with a blind tasting quiz of various pilsners to see if you can peg the different sub-styles, regions, and ingredients. For casual beer drinkers, this Beer 201 class will be eye-opening and inspiring; for brewers, Cicerones, and beer geeks, it’s a must-taste deep dive into the world’s most important beer style.

Topics: German pils, Czech premium pale lager (“Bohemian pilsner”), international pale lager, Japanese dry beer, decoction, water chemistry, diacetyl, DMS, skunking, hop varieties, exogenous enzymes, dry hopping


Photo: dessert and beer

Beers Served (9): various German pils, Czech premium pale lager, international pale lager, and pilsner from craft breweries from around the world


Beer 101: Most Important Beer Styles
Sunday, 7/1/18, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
90 min, 6 beers, min. 24 oz of beer
$45, includes a post-class draft beer of your choice (up to $10)
Tickets? Buy securely via Paypal.
Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

Photo: beer class
Become beer-smart and menu-literate! Join this tasting class to learn more about the prevalent beer styles that you see on store shelves and on beer menus every day. Beers like Belgian golden ales, hazy IPAs, and pilsners are commonplace for a reason — they’re tasty and they sell. Most brewers will admit that they’d rather drink a great porter instead of an experimental sour blond milk stout with pandan leaf any day. (Experimental is fun but unproven, and one-off sometimes means it shouldn’t have been brewed again!)

So let’s leave the esoteric stuff to the Cicerones, Somms, and beer geeks, and let’s learn the basics of 6 important beer styles that will help you navigate the beer options and love beer even more than you thought you did! We’ll taste important beer styles, understand their flavors, and learn how to communicate about what you like.

Topics: malt, hops, ale yeast, lager yeast, fermentation, alcohol, fruity aromas, spicy aromas, bitterness, sweetness, sourness, barrel-aging, trends, haziness, dry hopping, Belgian ales

Beers Served (6): pilsner, Belgian golden ale, hazy IPA, IPA, porter, sour ale


Beer 201: Sour Beer Workshop
Sunday, 8/5/17, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
90 min, 6 beers, min. 24 oz of beer
$60, includes a post-class draft beer of your choice (up to $10)
Tickets? Buy securely via Paypal.
Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message


Kriek Barrel Photo
Join this fun, informative tasting seminar for a deep dive into six different types of delicious, elegant, and invigorating sour beers. Hundreds of years ago, it was almost impossible to keep beer from going sour at some point, and many of today’s craft and imported beers embrace the acidifying bacteria, funky fermentations, wood-aging, and fruit and spice additions that were de rigueur in centuries past. During this workshop, we’ll learn about volatile acidity, taste different types of food-grade acids, discuss the aromatic compounds associated with sour beers, and learn to detect the different types of souring organisms. We’ll taste six different sour beers, like weisse, gose, oaked Flemish ale, lambic, and American wild ale, to demonstrate beer’s delicious range from spritzy and tart to earthy, barny, and puckering.

Topics: acidity, pH, TA, stainless steel, small-format oak, large-format oak, aerobic and anaerobic, wild vs. inoculation, lactic, acetic, and “goaty” acids, esterification, spicy phenols, and earthy phenols, German, Belgian, UK, and US sours

Beers Served (6): classic gose, fruited gose, oude gueuze, oude kriek, Flanders red ale, US wild


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