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 26 June, 2017

Craft Beer Learn and Taste Series 2017-2018 at MSUB beer line up

For beer lovers the MSUB Craft Beer Learn and Taste Series has been an amazing opportunity to learn about new styles of beer and enhance their knowledge. The series of four classes has been offered for the last two years. The two-hour classes offer participants a chance to learn about a particular style or facet of brewing and an opportunity to taste the beer. The series has featured beers from local brewers as well as those from throughout the world.  About thirty people have attended every class. A number of folks have enjoyed the series so much they have attended every class over the two years.


For 2017-2018 the series (which typically runs October through March) begins by going back to its roots.  The first class, “What is Craft Beer?” informs participants on the beer making process and how craft beer is different from “macrobrews.”  In addition to tasting several craft beers of different styles, participants will have a chance to taste a mass-produced beer alongside a similar style of craft beer.


For the second class, the series takes a turn and we actually will not be covering any beers at all. This class will feature hard ciders instead. The good folks at the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill in Billings have agreed to help us learn more about this new and upcoming beverage. I suspect we’ll get a chance to taste some of their creations along with ciders in other styles from other producers.


Back to beer for the third class - this one featuring “juicy” IPAs. Hop-forward India pale ales continue to dominate craft beer. The New England IPA (sometimes called Vermont IPA) has made a big splash in the United States, with some claiming it’s the way of the future—cloudy, smooth, and fruity, with an artfully refined bitterness.


The last class will feature Craft Lagers. Mass-produced Lagers are what most Americans think of when they think beer from the grocery store. Think Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller. Unlike these weak imitators, craft Lagers are made like their European cousins with crisp, clean, malty flavors. According to Paul Sullivan of Ale Street News....” for the time it takes to brew one lager, a brewery could produce three or four times as much ale, and make a lot more money. This is all proof of the dedication and commitment it takes to make a real lager.”


So, whether you are still acquiring a taste for craft beverages or are looking to learn more about your favorite beer or cider, check out the 2017- 2018 series here.