Monday, March 9, 2009

Siebel Institute – All About the Beer

Last October I attended a two day class at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. The Institute has been around about 150 years and trained most of the big names in brewing. Today they mostly train craft brewmasters with a program in Chicago and Munich. I attended a two day tasting class that was put on for distributors. I signed up as an individual as did a few others. We learned how to taste beers and evaluate them. Over the course of two days we tasted over 40 beers from 25 styles. I learned about problems that occur in beer, why I hate beer from green bottles, and a lot about aroma, appearance, and taste. We learned how to conduct our own tastings and promote our love of beer to others. It was pretty intense, but a lot of fun. The Siebel Institute is definitely about the beer. I proudly display my certificate of completion.

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