Brewsday Tuesday: beer appreciation class


Carol Rice (fifth from right, in back) with the 2013-2014 Beer Appreciation School graduates. - COURTESY CAROL RICE
  • Carol Rice (fifth from right, in back) with the 2013-2014 Beer Appreciation School graduates.

Carol Rice started teaching the Crescent City Homebrewers’ (CCH) Beer Appreciation Class in 2007 because she had so many questions about beer that she wanted answered. She took the class in 1999, and the Beer Judge Certification Program-certified beer enthusiast says, “I found out early on that the best way to learn about something is to teach it.”

The class meets every month for a year and is a forum for making, tasting, evaluating and enjoying beer. While the class is of particular interest to home brewers — and is subsidized by the CCH club — Rice says the class is for anyone who is interested in beer. “Or interested in someone interested in beer,” she adds, recounting the experience of one student who entered the class because her spouse was interested in beer. “She went from a polite ‘I don’t drink beer’ to an exuberant ‘My keg was the first to float at WYES.’”

Over the course of the year, Rice guides the class through tastings of more than 120 beers, discerning their components and reviewing the history of brewing and the characteristics of various styles. “Researching the history aspects has been a blast," Rice says. "There are many myths out there ripe for busting.”

Students are encouraged to participate, challenge and share their knowledge. Many people take the class multiple times.

The next class starts Jan. 17, 2015 at Deutches Haus, and it begins with an overview of the class, discussion of alcohol's effect on the body and early European beer history. The class ends in December with a graduation in which participants select a favorite beer to present to the class. A syllabus is available on the CCH website. For CCH members, the class costs $120. For non-members, the $150 fee includes a year’s membership. Anyone can attend individual classes for $20.

For information, email Carol Rice at

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