Philly Beer School

We offer both beer brewing classes and beer tastings! Learn to make great-tasting beers at Philly’s brewing school, or sit back and learn about beer from our top beer instructors.

About the Philly Beer School

Never in the long history of drinking have beer lovers had it so good, with a brewing renaissance happening around the globe. The Beer School is your guide to the vast and beautiful beers of the world. We offer classes for every level of beer lover: from the enthusiast looking to develop their palate to the home brewer looking for best-in-class beer brewing classes.

The Philly Beer School is the region’s top school for brewing and tasting classes. Philadelphia Magazine named us the “Best Adult Education Program” and “Best of Philadelphia.” In addition, we have been featured in Draft Magazine, US News, Ziptopia, Philly Beer Scene Magazine, and FSR Magazine.

Best of Philadelphia

US News

Best Adult Education School, Best of Philly

Philadelphia Magazine

A pioneer in using education to simultaneously deconstruct and advance the mystique of craft beer.

Draft Magazine
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Beer Tasting Classes

We offer tasting classes along with our “Best of Philly” beer brewing classes. These classes are lively, comprehensive, and fun! The Philly Beer School is a place to learn about beer in all its glory. This is the school for beer lovers with a thirst for knowledge.

In some classes, we demystify beer by breaking down the grains, yeast, hops, and techniques that cause beer’s flavor to spin in thousands of directions. In others, we take you through a series of easy-to-understand flights. Finally, some classes focus on a specific beer country, and we guide you on an excellent beer-tasting tour. We romp through beer history, styles, and thirst-provoking stories in almost all beer brewing classes.

Our instructors are funny, engaging, and brilliant: you never quite know what’s coming next. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we only pour the finest craft beer. Our philosophy is that the best way to learn about beer is by pouring the best beer available and studying them.

Even if you are a seasoned beer connoisseur, our classes cover beer in such breadth and depth you will never be bored. At the same time, our enthusiasm on the subject –who doesn’t love great beer?– makes it seem fresh and new again.

Beer Brewing Courses

At its core, the Beer School celebrates the joy of brewing great beer. Our brewing courses are for everyone: the passionate beginners love our simple-but-complex style;  intermediate brewers are excited by our ability to go deeper; and for true geeks, learning from a master brewer instills inspiration in every class.

From mastering brewing an Imperial IPA to a classic Saison to crafting your recipes, the Philly Beer School will help you reach your goal. Our instructors are talented brewers who will lead you toward brewing nirvana. So come and take a flavorful tour through the world of craft brews with the Philly Beer School! If you are looking for “Beer Brewing Classes Near Me, ” you have found your new home!

Learn how to brew beer at home from start to finish, from extract brewing to all-grain and beyond. Our programs include the secrets to fermentation and pro tips on making great beer. So throw away your Mr. Beer and become a  master homebrewer.

We offer a range of brewing programs for understanding and making beer. From ales and lagers to saisons and sours: Everything you need to be a successful home brewer is taught. Learn the basics of building a home brewery and craft beer from world-class, proven recipes, and learn brewing techniques from knowledgeable instructors. Our people are so knowledgeable they are cited in scientific journals.

Beer Brewing Classes & Course Levels

Our programs are similar in structure to the beer brewing courses in Europe but with a very Philly approach to the subject matter. The main instructor for brewing programs is Keith Wallace, who also teaches the winemaking programs at the Wine School of Philadelphia.

Fermentation & Hops: Level One Beer Brewing

This hands-on brewing program will teach you all the steps needed to brew excellent beers at home. Make great beer the very first time! In level one beer brewing, you will learn how to make great beer on day one. You’ll be brewing your first beer within the hour under the tutelage of a master brewer-instructor.

This class will give you the confidence to brew great beer. This course is the start of your brewing journey!

All Grain Brewing: Level Two Brewing

This course introduces advanced techniques in all-grain brewing. You will learn the essential techniques for all-grain brewing and mashing in level two. You’ll learn how to craft complex beers clearly and easily. You will learn the brewing theory you’ll need to expand your skills. By the end of this class, you will be able to brew classic beers.

Building Beers: Level Three Brewing

Learn how to brew highly technical beers and craft your recipes to become a pro brewer. First, you will learn how to develop your recipes and proper malt selection in level three. Next, you will have a crash course in water chemistry and expand your palate to become a certified brewer. By the end of this program, you will be able to develop and craft your high-quality brews.

Beer Brewing Classes Online

The NWS Fermentation Sciences Division offers an online brewing certificate as part of their MiW program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a brewmaster?

There are two ways people become a brewmaster. The first is to take a beer-making certificate program followed by an internship. The second way is to work at a brewery and work your way up the ladder. The former takes much less time, but the latter gives you a broader scope of experience in the beer trade.

Is beer brewing a good career?

Beer brewing can be a well-paying career for people who enjoy the work. Of course, you won’t ever become rich brewing beer, but the work is mentally and physically challenging and a lot of fun.

Are there similar brewing courses in Los Angeles?

We get a fair amount of emails with the subject line “beer brewing classes los angeles” We don’t know of any! But there is an easy way to find out. No matter where you are, your first stop should be your local homebrew shop. They will know better than us about brewing classes in your city.

Free Online Brewing Classes?

Another popular question we receive is from folks looking for “online brewing courses free.” While we totally understand the desire to start your journey into homebrewing by keeping costs to a minimum, we think you shouldn’t trust your future in beer to a few youtube videos. Unlearning bad habits is harder than starting from scratch.

Are there Any Online Brewing Classes?

We are currently developing an online beer brewing course, which will be a professional beer brewing certificate course. The program is being underwritten by a school based in Vermont.

Cancellations Policy for Beer Brewing Courses and Tastings

If students cannot attend a course, they must notify us at least thirty (30) in advance before the start date. With due notice, the student has the following options: first, transfer the registration to another person approved by the Wine School; second, receive a  non-refundable credit on account, which you can apply toward another course. At the school’s discretion, reasonable administrative costs may be deducted from the total credit. 

If a student does not give thirty days’ notice, a school administrator may offer a refund at the administrator’s sole discretion. Any refund will be no greater than 25% of tuition, minus any class fees and reasonable administrative costs. 

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