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Beer Appreciation

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Course Focus

Today there are well over one hundred recognized styles of beer. While it may not be feasible to study each individual style, after completing this short course you will become familiar with the main groupings of beer and what differentiates them, both in style and in taste. During the course, you will virtually visit breweries large and small to experience the brewing and production process.

The examination of beer styles includes an understanding of judging guidelines and awareness of beer-making methods, including those outside of a traditional brewery. Most importantly, you will gain the ability to perform a sensory evaluation of beer, including how to document your findings.

This program is intended for use by persons of legal drinking ages under the relevant applicable laws where they reside. Purchase of supplies, such as beer malt, is required to enjoy the highly experiential nature of this course.

Who should take this course?

Beer enthusiasts, home brewers, professionals in the restaurant or hospitality industries, and professionals in the craft brewing industry.

Key Benefits

Participants who complete this course will be able to...

  • Discern between the different types of raw ingredients used to make beer
  • Determine how the production process impacts beer styles
  • Follow a set of criteria to taste and evaluate beer
  • Identify the guidelines used to classify beer
  • Differentiate the characteristics of lager and ale beer styles
  • Explore wild fermentation and barrel aging as beer-making methods


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