with Master Cicerone and Brewmaster Rich Higgins
Saturday, January 26, 2019
at BELMONT STATION
4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215
Portland’s premier beer destination and the most award-winning beer spot in the Northwest!
Join Rich and Belmont Station for a special day of tasting seminars and sensory training on beer!
Session 1: Beer Off-Flavors Seminar – Advanced 12
- 1:00-3:00 PM, $75
- Learn to identify 12 common beer off-flavors, then test yourself in a blind tasting! All 12 flavors tasted TWICE.
Session 2: Deductive Beer Tasting Method
- 3:30-6:00 PM, $60
- Improve your palate and taste all that beer has to say! Eye-opening, essential class for all beer tasters, from novice to advanced. Includes downloadable Tasting Grid and Quick Reference to the Method.
Beer School Discounted Ticket
- $115 (a savings of $20!)
- includes both sessions, plus a meet-and-greet at the end of the day to chat with Rich
Beer School is perfect for beer geeks, Cicerone® and BJCP candidates, homebrewers, pro brewers, and anyone who wants to learn more about beer!
Makes the perfect gift for the beer fans in your life!
Just in time for the upcoming February Portland Certified Cicerone® Exam — the perfect way to master the material!
Why sign-up for a beer class with Rich?
Rich is one of 18 Master Cicerones® in the world, a former brewmaster, and a Certified Sommelier. He has taught over 100 beer classes in San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, London, and Hong Kong. His classes are always super fun and incredibly informative, combining great information, personality, and beer into unforgettable classes.
- All class attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Beer School Schedule
SESSION 1: BEER OFF-FLAVORS SEMINAR – ADVANCED 12
Saturday, 1/26/19, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, $75
12 off-flavors tasted twice each
Beer is a beautiful, natural product. But how it’s brewed, aged, and handled can affect its flavor, sometimes creating faults and flaws that are called off-flavors. Informed drinkers, Cicerones®, and brewers must know how to taste them and prevent them from occurring! (Don’t worry — Rich makes learning these bizarre-but-common flavors as fun as possible!)
Join Rich for an information-packed examination of 12 common beer off-flavors. 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 and aroma profile, source, and appropriateness. Each off-flavor is served and evaluated TWICE: first, during individual evaluation with discussion; second, during a blind taste test of all of the off-flavors plus a control beer. No prior beer knowledge necessary, but any prior understanding of brewing and fermentation will help you.
Off-Flavors Sampled (12): acetaldehyde (green apple), acetic acid (vinegar), chlorophenols (antiseptic), diacetyl (butter), DMS (cooked veggies), H2S (hard cooked eggs), isovaleric acid (sweaty socks), lactic acid (sourdough), lightstruck (skunky), mercaptan (drain), metallic, and trans-2-nonenal (papery oxidation)
SESSION 2: DEDUCTIVE BEER TASTING METHOD
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Learn more from every beer you taste and notice all that beer has to say! Join Rich to learn a Deductive Beer Tasting Method that lets you “look under the hood” to understand every beer you taste and deduce how it was made. In this seminar, you’ll learn the route to honing your palate, building rich and accurate descriptors, isolating beer traits, deducing ingredients and techniques, connecting the dots between traits, technique, and quality. It’ll allow you to learn even more from beer — and it’s like getting to know an old friend all over again!
An essential class for all beer drinkers and brewers, whether you’re a novice learning to tell the difference between an ale and a lager, or an advanced taster differentiating between a Düsseldorf Altbier or a Cali Common. Ticket includes download access to the Method’s Tasting Grid and Quick Reference.