Starting today, you can become a better-educated beer drinker.
Last fall, I wrote a bit about Minnesota’s Better Beer Society, founded by cicerone and all-around beer enthusiast Rob Shellman.
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 offers brown bag tasting events and a Better Beer Society University—a “course” for members of our ever-growing beer-consuming public.
According to the Better Beer Society, Better Beer Society University is an educational weekly “beer school” for both beginning or advanced beer enthusiasts. Students will 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 like Cantillon Fou’Foune and aged Surly Darkness. And to top it off, there will be field trips, including exclusive visits to local breweries.
Open enrollment for the spring semester starts today, February 6. Weekly classes will begin on March 6, and the semester will run for 12 weeks. Their “campus” will be located at Republic (West Bank location), just as their fall semester was. Tuition is $75, which breaks down to about $6 per class. Tickets for the semester can be purchased online.
Want to catch a glimpse of what you can expect as a Better Beer Society University student? Here’s some video footage of the final class/seminar of the 2012 fall semester, featuring guests Todd Haug of Surly Brewing Company, Pete Rafakes of Town Hall Brewery, and Chip Walton of Chop & Brew.