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 “Best Adult Education in Philly” Philadelphia Magazine

“Best of Philly”  USA Today

As the saying goes, “It takes a lot of beer to make wine.” The Philly Beer School is the city’s first and only school devoted to brewing and enjoying beer. The school began as a passion project in early 2009 by several Wine School folks who loved beer, and who were excited about the prospect of Philadelphia becoming the nation’s best beer city. What began as a series of beer tasting classes soon became a full-fledged beer brewing program. We now run semester-long beer brewing courses along with our popular beer classes.

Our classes are designed to be accessible to all beer lovers. Each class includes a guided beer tasting featuring craft brews and an informal talk by one of our top beer sommeliers. Whether beer newbie or certified beer geek, the Philly Beer School has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Upcoming Events

May 2015

Brewing Program at the Philly Beer School

May 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

“Best Adult Education”
Philadelphia Magazine

Everything needed to brew beer. This “Best of Philly” brewing program will give you the hands-on experience any brewer needs. Presented in a light-hearted but pragmatic style, the weekly classes offer both lecture and lab elements.

Students will learn by doing: by the second day of class students will begin brewing  a clone of “Pliny the Elder,” one of the most famous beers in America. 

Students will also be trained as beer stewards (we hate the word sommelier), including the complexities of malts and hop varieties.

Classes are held on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, May 9th to June 27th. 

Class topics include the following:

  • Beer Styles
  • Ingredients and Equipment
  • Brewing Laboratory (Three Sections)
  • Dry Hopping Laboratory
  • Bottling and Kegging Laboratory
  • The Keg Tap

Class Overview

Overview of Fermentation

Sensory Training. A focus on beer esters, hop flavors, and faults.

Beer Styles. A compendium tasting of classic beer styles, their origins, and modern interpretations.

The Wort. A hands-on approach to building the grain bill. In this laboratory class, you will learn how to create a wort from a full grain malt, use a hydrometer, and test water PH. This is a hands-on laboratory class.

The Boil & Fermentation. In this class, you will learn about hop additions, proper boil techniques, and fermentation essentials. This is a hands-on laboratory class.

Racking & Wet Hopping. The essentials of fermentation will be reviewed in this class, plus a hands-on tutorial in racking and wet hopping.

Kegging & Bottle Conditioning. In this class, the final steps of beer making will be completed. This includes kegging and bottle conditioning the beers.


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Beer and Cheese Pairing

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Beer and cheese have a natural affinity for each other: Craft brews transform a meal from everyday to extraordinary, while artisinal cheeses do the same. When combined, it’s an out-of-this-world flavor experience.

This class combines the talent of one of Philadelphia’s top beer geeks and beloved cheesemongers for the ultimate class on beer and cheese pairings. Grab a seat and see why the Philly Beer School was named “Best of Philly” for our beer classes!

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