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Hops Class Lecture & Tasting – Sun, May 10th


12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our dedicated course and accompanying tasting will engross you in the wonderfully complex world of hops which are the delicate, cone-like flower giving many of your favorite brews their delicious and complex aromas and flavors.

Hops are wonderfully diverse and are used for multiple purposes. Each variety imparts a uniquely different scent and flavor – from spicy, citrusy, pine-like, earthy to floral. Our course will comprehensively treat each hop variety from every angle, covering its essential properties and nature: you will learn how to distinguish between hop varieties and their origins as well as how to harness them throughout the brewing process to produce a perfectly balanced homebrew. Learn how hops are used for flavoring, bittering, and preserving beer and leave with a deeper appreciation for the world of hops.

During the second half of the course, we’ll conduct a tasting to give you an experiential understanding of hops and their properties. Taste, identify, and discuss hop varieties at work in six aromatic and two bittering beer examples. In this particular class we’ll be tasting beers that were brewed with the following hops:

  • Horizon (Bittering)
  • Chinook (Bittering)
  • Bravo (Aroma)
  • Phoenix (Aroma)
  • Equinox (Aroma)
  • Motueka (Aroma)
  • Bravo / Equinox (Aroma Blend)
  • Phoenix / Motueka (Aroma Blend)

Each ticket type can optionally include a copy of “For The Love of Hops” (our unofficial textbook) at a discounted price. Space for this class is limited and it will sell out, therefore all sales for this class will be final.

Brewshop 501: All-Grain Brewing – Sun, April 5th

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12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are you ready to step into all-grain brewing but not sure where to start? This is an advanced class for the intermediate or experienced extract brewer. We’ll take an in depth look at the mashing process and different styles of mashing/lautering & sparging along with the enzymatic and chemical pathways involved. Additionally, we’ll cover water chemistry, malt diastatic power, and the basic trouble shooting techniques for avoiding/fixing a stuck lauter.

The class will run 2 hours and we will undertake a single infusion batch sparge, but participants are welcome to join us for the boil.


Bitter & Esters Welcomes the Mad Fermentationist!

American Sour BeersOn Saturday March 28th, from 4 to 8 pm, Michael Tonsmeire, author of the popular brewing blog The Mad Fermentationist, will be signing his new book American Sour Beers at Bitter & Esters. At this free event Michael will be talking with homebrewers, discussing various fermentation techniques and answering questions. Michael will gladly try your sour beer and rumor has it he may bring some of his own beers to sample as well.

Michael Tonsmeire is not only an award-winning homebrewer, certified beer judge, beer blogger and writer, but he also consults as a “Flavor Developer” for Modern Times Beer in San Diego, CA, for which he develops the recipes, process, and microbes to produce sour beers. This is going to be a great event with some great beers and we hope to see all of you there!

Yeast Class Lecture & Tasting – Sun, April 12th


12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Brewers make wort. Yeast make beer. Our yeast class and accompanying tasting will delve deeply into the world of everyone’s favorite microorganism. The yeast lecture will cover:

- A history of yeast as it pertains to brewing and home brewers.
– Yeast Nutrition, growth and chemical pathways that effect home brewers.
– How to choose and maintain a happy yeast culture in your home brew and how strain selection impacts beer flavor.
– Pitching rates, Propagation, starters, collection (top and bottom cropping) storage.
– We’ll discuss the changes in Yeast cultures over generations and how home brewers rinse & clean yeast to repitch.

During the second half of the class we’ll conduct a tasting experiment to identify flavor differences between yeast strains under ideal fermentation conditions. Bitter & Esters took a large batch of beer and separated it into eight fermenters. We then pitched a different yeast into each fermenter. Here are the yeasts we’re using for this particular class:

The yeast class will be broken into two sections, Lecture & Tasting. Tickets can be purchased for either lecture + Tasting or only for the tasting session. Each ticket type can optionally include a copy of “Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation” (our unofficial textbook) at a discounted price. Space for this class is limited and it will sell out, therefore all sales for this class will be final.

Brewshop 101: Homebrewing Essentials

B&E-101class_04_2_14Our intro classes are designed for the absolute novice brewer. They are a fantastic experience for anyone looking to develop a deeper understanding of beer, its ingredients, and the process by which it’s made in a friendly and savvy environment.

We teach in a concentrated 2 to 3 hour workshop format that focuses on a hands-on learning experience. Our teaching style is casual while also presenting a wealth of information. It is designed to provide our students the confidence, knowledge, and experience needed to become proficient home brewers and cultivated beer drinkers.

You will learn all the basics to get you up and running while brewing a batch of beer. You’ll learn about extract brewing, malts, grains, yeasts and how to avoid or troubleshoot the most common problems. All reference materials will be provided as well as a homebrew sample for tasting. The “Student” ticket is all you need to attend! Beginners welcome! Just pick the class you want to attend on the calendar below and you’ll be on your way.

Book it now!

If you would like to reserve everything you need to brew your first batch of beer at home ahead of time, please choose the “Student + Brewing Essentials Starter Kit Ticket type,” and we’ll have a Brewing Essentials Kit waiting for you at the store. Purely optional. The Brewing Essentials Starter Kit includes the following:

2 Ale Pails (6.5 gallon food grade plastic buckets)
1 Grommeted lid for 6.5 gallon buckets
2 Bottling spigots
1 Airlock
1 Combination bottle filler
1 Floating thermometer
1 4oz container of sanitizer
1 Beer bottle brush
1 Siphon hose
1 Triple scale hydrometer
1 Bottle capper
144 Crown caps
2 Muslin grain bags

Also, for those who really want to prepare in advance, the “Student + Deluxe Brewing Essentials Starter Kit + Ingredients” ticket type will get you on your way to homebrew mastery with a 5 gallon brewpot, two cases of 12oz bottles and one of the following ingredient kits:

Luck o’ the Irish Dry Irish Stout
Resistor Pale Ale
Disaster IPA
4 Seasons Amber Ale
Hefeweiss Guy
Jon’s a Nut Brown Ale
Pumpkin Spice
Esters Bitter Robust Porter
Tis’ The Saison

We don’t issue refunds, but if you need to reschedule your class for any reason, you have up to 2 weeks in advance to do so. If you find yourself missing the deadline, try asking around and see if a friend can take your spot. You’ll get the refund and fill a perfectly good spot. Everybody wins!

Beer Swap – First Wednesday of Every Month

beer swapAt this Free Event we invite all Home Brewers to come share their beer with each other. It’s a great way to try delicious homebrewed beers and get feedback on your beer.

Bring a bottle to pour (and two to swap if you’re so inclined). We always have something special of our own to share.

Make a Reservation

Send us a message with your desired room type, arrival date and number of nights you’d like to reserve, and we’ll contact you in no time.

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