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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.


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December 2014

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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January 2015

Beer & Brewing 101

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January 4, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 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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8 Beers To Try Before You Die

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January 24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Imagine: You have been banished to a faraway desert island. Which movie would you watch? What music would you listed to? Who cares! The real question is, what will you drink?

In this class, our beer sommeliers have thought hard about this question. They conjured the eight great beers they would want to try before they die. These are those picks.

Come and enjoy the Philly Beer School’s bucket list of beers!

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February 2015

Beer & Brewing 101

February 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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Belgian Beer Experience

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February 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The beers of Belgium are some of the most diverse and popular in the world. Tonight, we’ll taste through the famous, and not-so-famous, beer styles of Belgium, including Strong Golden Ales, Wild Fermented Lambics, Monk brews, and more.  An essential class for any beer lover.

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March 2015

Beer and Cheese Pairing

March 11, 2015 @ 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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World Atlas of Beer

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March 13, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A whirlwind tour of the classics, the innovators, and the exceptional: This beer tasting class is an overview of the entire world of beer today. You can expect a wild trip to North America to Belgium to the United Kingdom and then to the furthest reaches of this awesome beer-drenched world.

This is a great introductory class at the Philly Beer School. There will be something for everyone to sip and savor.

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May 2015

Beer & Brewing Program

May 9, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

Everything needed to brew beer. A full semester brewing program which will give you the hands-on experience 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 Overview

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.

At this point of the program, 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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