If you are itching to get back into the classroom and you want to expand your craft beer knowledge then you should check out the new UCLA Extension course in craft beer that starts one month from now on March 28. “A Class of Beer: An Overview of the Craft Brewing Renaissance explores the history of brewing as well as the origin of the U.S. craft beer revolution, which has influenced beer making worldwide.” Who better to teach the course than Tomm Carroll, who has been writing about beer for the Celebrator Beer News (back when there wasn’t much of a beer scene to write about) and Beer Paper LA.
The eight-week class syllabus covers the following: “the business of craft brewing – from tasting and judging beer, to food pairings and sensory training, to brewing science, and barrel aging. The course explores practical aspects of the business of beer– including starting and running a brewery, opening a beer bar or bottle shop, distribution, and marketing.”
Even if you aren’t planning on taking your beer education professional and you will retain amateur status, this class could help you appreciate all the work that it takes to get a pint glass filled with local beers slid across the bar to you.
If you enroll by February 28, the class is $50 cheaper. Time is of the essence if you want to learn all about beer and all about the fabulous breweries here in Los Angeles. Check the UCLA Extension website for more details and to enroll.
The Beer of the Week is part of a re-boot of recipes, but it is still very much a Stone Brewing style strong beer with aggressive flavors. Lately, Stone beers have also found some nuance. Their Americano Stout was bold, but I could pluck out individual flavors. Same goes with the Old Guardian barley wine which is dry hopped with the new Pekko hop, my choice for this week. Pekko hop imparts a dark cherry and stone fruit taste that rounds out this big malt, caramel bomb. Now if only Stone would use a larger font on the back of the bottle description of the beer.
Will there be a Three-Peat? That is the question when the IPA Festival touches down at Mohawk Bend. The very popular event brings a bevy of bitterness to the taps of the Echo Park hop spot. Evan Price from Noble Ale Works has won the last two years and will be looking to retain his crown of cones (hop cones that is). If you love IBUs, you will want to be on hand on March 12.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.