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Barrel Aging with Goose Island – December 12, 2015 – 1pm & 4pm

Barrel Aging with Goose Island - December 12, 2015 - 1pm & 4pm

Barrel Aging with Goose Island – December 12, 2015 – 1pm & 4pm

Bitter & Esters is delighted to announce a lecture and tasting with Mike Siegel, a Goose Island brewer whose passion for great beer started in his early 20s and led to many years of homebrewing. Mike started at Goose Island in 2011 as a brewer and cellarman, and in 2013 took on the role of Brewing Innovation Manager. He will be joining us at Bitter & Esters for a talk on the ins and outs of Goose Island’s extensive barrel aging program. He now oversees all new beer development and helps facilitate the creative output of the numerous talented brewers at Goose Island.

The lecture will be followed up by a Q&A and a tasting. We’ll be working our way through some of Goose Island’s barrel aged beers including Bourbon County Barleywine, Sofie, Halia, and Lolita. We’re going to be including three local barrel aged beers as well. There are two sessions for this event, 1pm & 4pm with only 25 seats per session. This will be a great opportunity to try some rare beers and learn more about barrel aging from the pros

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Hops Class Lecture & Tasting


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.

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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sunday, January 10th, 2016
  • Sunday, March 13th, 2016
  • Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Yeast Class Lecture & Tasting


12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Brewers make wort. Yeast make beer. Thiss class and accompanying tasting will delve deeply into the world of everyone’s favorite microorganism. The 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 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 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 strains under ideal fermentation conditions. Bitter & Esters took a large batch of beer and separated it into eight fermenters. We then pitched a different type into each fermenter.

The 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 all sales for this class will be final.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Sunday, December 13th, 2015
  • Sunday, February 14th, 2016
  • Sunday, April 10th, 2016
  • Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Brewshop 501: All-Grain Brewing

All Grain Slider - no date

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.


Upcoming Classes:

  • Sunday, December 6th, 2015
  • Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
  • Sunday, February 7th, 2016
  • Sunday, March 6th, 2016
  • Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
  • Sunday, May 8th, 2016
  • Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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.

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