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

Beer School

with Master Cicerone and Brewmaster Rich Higgins


Rich Teaching


June 26, 2019 at Treadwell Park West, New York, NY


June 16, 2019 at Montana Ale Works, Bozeman, MT


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at Treadwell Park West, 510 W 42nd St., New York, NY
Wednesday, 6/26/19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
2.5 hrs, tastes of 5 beers, $55
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Learn more from every beer you taste and notice all that beer has to say! Join Rich to learn the 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 California Common.

Topics Covered: appearance, aroma, taste, flavor, off-flavors, mouthfeel, aftertaste, deduction, descriptors, attributes, orthonasal, retronasal, cross-sensory suggestion, smelling techniques, perceived vs. actual bitterness, perceived vs. actual sweetness, intensity, complexity, balance, astringency, chaptalization, yeast and fermentation, regionality, condition

Click here for more info on Rich’s Deductive Beer Tasting Method and to download the Tasting Grid, Quick Guide, and other resources.

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at Montana Ale Works, 611 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT
Sunday, 6/16/19, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
3 hrs, tastes of 3 beers plus a couple bites of food pairing, $40
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Become a better beer taster! Join Master Cicerone and veteran brewmaster Rich Higgins for a fun and educational class of essential beer school. Learn about beer ingredients, the brewing process, the science of taste, beer tasting technique, and beer and food pairing. You’ll taste beer ingredients, drink 3 beers, and enjoy a perfect food and beer pairing.

Designed and taught as part of a series of prep classes for the Certified Cicerone® Exam, this class is perfect for beverage professionals as well as beer enthusiasts, including brewers, homebrewers, bartenders, servers, BJCPs, beer geeks, and any fan of fermentation! Class will cover a mix of material that both novices and advanced beer tasters will enjoy and learn from, taught with expert perspective and refreshing enthusiasm.

Please Note: This class will be filmed as part of Rich’s upcoming Video Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone® Exam. Filming will be primarily on him, and you can feel free to sit off-camera, though your voice might be captured on camera.

Topics Covered: beer tasting technique, sensory science, perceived tastes vs actual tastes, retronasal olfaction, taste vs flavor, malt, cereals, mashing, malt enzymes, fermentable sugar types, hops, dry hopping, wet hopping, oak, fruits, spices, yeast, fermentation, alcohol, carbonation, filtration, packaging, food pairing tactics, classic pairings, cooking with beer

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Watch the trailer for Rich’s Video Prep Course

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Why sign-up for a beer class with Rich?

Rich is an experienced brewmaster, one of 18 Master Cicerones in the world, and a Certified Sommelier. He’s a fantastic teacher, having taught hundreds of beer classes, combining great information, personality, and beer into unforgettable classes.

  • All class attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

About Rich:
Rich has been a beer professional for 15 years. He was a professional brewer and brewmaster in San Francisco for 10 years, and additionally is a Master Cicerone (one of 18 in the world) and a Certified Sommelier. He has served as President of the San Francisco Brewers Guild and Event Director for San Francisco Beer Week. He has taught hundreds of beer classes across the world, and his classes are always fun and valuable. He operates Beer Immersions educational beer tours to Europe, is the author of the Deductive Beer Tasting Method, is a public speaker on beer internationally, and consults with breweries, restaurants, and event groups. He moved to beautiful, beery Bozeman, Montana, in 2018.

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