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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 diploma program. We now run semester-long 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.


Upcoming Classes & Courses

September 2014

Beer & Brewing 101

September 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The beer class for everyone. This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history. Eight different brews will be sampled. Beer 101 was featured on the CBS show “What’s Brewing”. This is a great class for beer enthusiasts and budding home brewers alike. 

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October 2014

Beer and Cheese Pairing

October 10 @ 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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November 2014

American Craft Brews

November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Biggie versus Tupac; Taxis versus Hybrids, Cheesesteaks versus Quinoa; Giants versus 49ers; NYC versus LA: the rivalries between the east coast and west coast are long standing. Let’s add a new one one to the list: beer.

In this class, we sample the extraordinary beers that highlight the differences between East Coast and West Coast brewing styles… and everything in between. This class features the finest craft brews made in America.

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Beer & Brewing Foundation Program

November 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Every week for 8 weeks

Everything needed to brew beer. A full semester brewing program which will give you the hands-on expericne any beginning brewer needs. Presented in a light-hearted but pragmatic style, the weekly classes are based in both lectures and lab work.

“Best Adult Education”
Philadelphia Magazine

  • 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 #1 Overview of Fermentation

Class #2 Sensory Training. A focus on beer esters, hop flavors, and faults.

Class #3 Beer Styles. A compendium tasting of classic beer styles, their origins, and modern interpretations.  After this class, the students begin brewing beer, which will be sampled during the last day of class.

Class #4 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.

Class #5 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.

Class #6. Racking & Wet Hopping. The essentials of fermentation will be reviewed in this class, plus a hands-on tutorial in racking and wet hopping.

Class #7 Kegging & Bottle Conditioning. In this class, the final steps of beer making will be completed. This includes kegging and bottle conditioning the beers.

Class #8 Tapping the Keg. In this class, we crack open the beers we started brewing in Class #4.

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December 2014

Craft Beer & Food Pairing

December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For far too long, sommelier-level food &  beverage pairing was limited to wine. That is no longer the case.  Chefs, sommeliers, and even wine lovers have all discovered that beer can be a perfect accompaniment to many dishes.

In fact, beer can actually be as food-friendly as wine . The flavor variety in beer is nearly infinite. And that is where we come in: our crack team of beer sommeliers, brewers, and chefs have come together to put together this stellar class. You will experience and learn about the  the best ways to pair beer and food.

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Italian Beer School

December 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Otto birre italiane che il mondo ci invidia e beve a garganella.  For a century, Italy has been known for great wine and decent beer. But that has changed. The younger generation in the wine regions of Italy have turned to brewing beer, and the results are mind-boggling awesome. They are inspired by classic beers styles, but are uniquely Italian.

Get an education in the fastest growing high-quality beer region in the world with beers rarely seen outside of Italy, except in the deepest corners of beer hipsterdom.


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