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The Perfect Valentine for Your Beer-Lovin’ Lover


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This Valentine’s Day, give your beer-loving sweetie the gift that keeps on giving—education! The Better Beer Society’s Better Beer Society University (BBSU) is now accepting new “students” for their 2014 spring semester.

The Better Beer Society works with breweries, retailers, distributors, and consumers. Small breweries that don’t have resources for a market representative can use the Better Beer Society to represent their products in markets outside of their home state. In addition to consulting, the Better Beer Society hosts a Better Beer Society University—a 12-week “class” for members of Minnesota’s beer-consuming public.

According to the Better Beer Society, the Better Beer Society University is an educational, weekly “beer school” for both beginning or advanced beer enthusiasts. Students learn various aspects of the beer industry from hop farming to beer distribution. Naturally, a beer university is better with beer, so students can expect to have a chance to sample some exclusive and rare beers and learn from local experts including Certified Cicerone® Ray Daniels, Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co., Sean Z. Paxton (“The Homebrew Chef”), and Jack Van Antwerpen of Belgium's brewery Bosteels.

The weekly classes are led by Certified Cicerone® and the Founder of Better Beer Society, Rob Shellman, and Certified Cicerone® Michael Agnew. According to Shellman, they will deliver students unique and thought provoking stories from around the beer industry, helping them explore their palates and become better tasters while learning about beers character and history.

Classes will commence on March 5th, 2014 and the semester runs on Wednesdays through May 21st (12 weeks). The “campus” is located at Republic (Seven Corners) 221 Cedar Ave in Minneapolis. Tuition cost is $75 for the entire semester.

For more information or to enroll, visit betterbeersociety.com/bbsu (space is limited).

Can’t wait for your first lesson? No problem. Here’s a quick tutorial on “Pouring a Proper Pint.”

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