Craft Beer 101: Redux

Last night we had our first Craft Beer 101 class at the Boston Center for Adult Education. For two hours, instructors Adam Mackie and Tony Porreca talked through a six-course tasting menu that included local (Notch Session Pils), domestic (Avery IPA, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout), and international (Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier, Saison DuPont, Brouwerij Van Steenberge Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour) brews paired with a slew of nibbles from Whole Foods. 

In addition to talking about the pairings, a bit of history, details about the brewing process, styles, and basic vocab were discussed. The class had 9 attendees (there were a couple last-minute cancellations), and students ranged from full fledged beer geeks to those just looking to expand their palates. We’re hoping to do more classes like this in the future, so we wanted to share a glimpse of the experience with you.

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Our fearless leaders: Adam Mackie (left) and Tony Porreca (right). Also: Beer is Food.
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Oh hey, Weihenstephaner and smoked salmon roll wrap with baby spinach, tomato, and cucumber dill cream cheese!
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Mackie and Porreca explained each pairing and answered questions throughout the course.
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The BCAE is a great space for holding classes–the classroom was a great size for this size group. The cozy yet spacious atmosphere made it feel less like school and more like enjoying a beer (or six) with friends.

 A big thanks to the folks at the BCAE for making this course happen! Are there other beer related classes you’d like to take? If so, let us know in the comments!

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