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à la Bière
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Beer School at Belmont Station PDX

Blind Beer Tasting Master Class

with Master Cicerone and Brewmaster Rich Higgins

Saturday, January 18, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Additional Session Added due to popular demand:

Sunday, January 19, 2020
1:00 – 4:00 PM


4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215
Portland’s premier beer destination and the most award-winning beer spot in the Northwest!

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Back by popular demand!

Join Rich and Belmont Station for a special beer tasting and sensory training seminar!

Belmont Station is excited to host Master Cicerone and former brewmaster Rich Higgins to offer an even deeper dive into tasting technique after his sold-out beer school classes in Portland in 2019.

Makes the perfect gift for the beer fans in your life!

Perfect for beer geeks, Cicerone® and BJCP candidates, homebrewers, pro brewers, and anyone who wants to learn more about beer!

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, Portland, OR, New York City, Washington DC, London, Seoul, 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.

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Blind Beer Tasting Master Class

Saturday, 1/18/20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, 1/19/20, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
(Same class both days — you can pick either day.)
3 hours, 6 beers, $75

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Beer School Ticket with Rich Higgins and Belmont Station

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.

What you’ll learn during the class
In this class, Rich will introduce the Deductive Beer Tasting Method and use it to blind taste several beers to identify their beer style, ingredients, condition, and quality. You’ll hone your tasting skills and put on your detective hat to determine how the beers were made and to deduce the hops, malt, yeast, bacteria, fruit, and/or wood that were used to create the character of the beers you taste. You’ll learn the deductive pathways to determine hop varieties, hopping schedule, fermentation organisms, malt types and malt ratios, special ingredients, souring organisms, and beer age and condition.

Is this class for me?
This essential beer tasting class is perfect for tasters of all levels, from novice to advanced. Beginning beer tasters will learn the foundation of tasting and have their eyes opened to all that a beer can taste like. Advanced beer tasters will hone their palates, learn how to taste beer’s subtleties, and how to make deductions about beer to sleuth out the beer’s recipe, its brewing processes, and what makes it tick — and even how to re-brew it themselves.

DBTM Tasting Grid, free downloads & more!
You can prep for class by familiarizing yourself with the Deductive Beer Tasting Method at Free downloads of the Tasting Grid, Quick Reference Guide, and pre-filled Tasting Grids on famous benchmark beers you can taste along with. The Companion Guide e-book is available for sale, as well.

Not your first time?
Did you join Rich’s January 2019 class at Belmont Station? This upcoming January 2020 class will be even better, with:

  • more beers to taste (6 instead of 4)
  • more time to practice tasting and deductions
  • a spotlight on deductive pathways
  • printed handouts: tasting grids and deductive pathways

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It’ll allow you to learn even more from beer — and it’s like getting to know an old friend all over again!

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“Rich has created a clear and beautifully articulated beer tasting format, benefitting the novice and expert in tasting with greater precision and objectivity, better comprehension of the beer in the glass, and how the characteristics of each beer lead to better conclusions about its origin and style. Utilizing his approach has made me a better and more effective beer taster.”

— Thomas Burke, Master Sommelier

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Beer School Ticket with Rich Higgins and Belmont Station

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