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“Best Adult Education in Philly” Philadelphia Magazine

“Best of Philly”  USA Today

 

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 members of the Wine School of Philadelphia. What began as a series of beer tasting classes soon became a full-fledged school. We now run brewing programs, 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.

The Philly Beer School offers beer classes, tastings, and brewing programs in a related atmosphere.  Whether you are looking to learn about the great big world of beer, or want to become a home brewer, we have a course or class designed for you.

The school was founded in 2006 after a master beer brewer attended a course at the Wine School of Philadelphia.  The school’s director, Keith Wallace, was a former winemaker, and as the saying goes  “it takes a lot of beer to make wine.”

The idea of opening a  beer school become a passion project for Keith and his  team. A few short years later,  the Philly Beer School’s curriculum was crafted and it’s facilities built. Originally located in the Fairmount neighborhood, the school followed the Wine School into the Rittenhouse neighborhood  in 2011.

 

Upcoming Classes & Courses

August 2014

Beer & Brewing 101

August 16 @ 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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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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November 2014

Beer & Brewing Foundation Program

November 29 @ 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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