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We're proud to announce the return of Beer School to the American Fresh Beer Garden at Assembly Row. Running every Thursday evening in January, this four-part course will introduce participants to the history, production, styles, and culture surrounding modern beer. Join our house beer geek, Brendan O'Toole, as he walks you through everything from alpha acids to zymurgy. With the beer market diversifying as quickly as it has, it can be hard for customers to keep up, and the Boston market's heating up faster than most. A lot of beer drinkers out there want to know more, but may be somewhat intimidated by the aura of complexity surrounding modern beer. That's why we want to give people an opportunity to engage with beer informally, without pretension or intimidation. We're out in a tent, having a pint and talking beer. No prior knowledge required or expected, just curiosity. In addition to educating our customers, one goal of our program is to give people a potential leg up if they're interested in joining the craft beer community. We've hired from our Beer School audience in the past, and we're always willing to help anyone looking to get into Boston's craft scene, whether with us or with any of the excellent breweries, beer bars, and bottle shops in and around town. The only way to keep the beer world fresh is by bringing new people and new perspectives into it. Class 2: Style Guide: How To Tell An IPA From A Wit For many, many years, American beer was one-size-fits-all. Now we've rediscovered the whole family tree, with over 120 recognized styles, and that can lead to total sensory overload at your neighborhood pub or bottle shop. What makes a stout imperial, what's local about an India Pale Ale, and is there any difference between white, wit, and wheat? We'll get into the weeds a bit on styles, and help you figure out how to find the best beer for your palate in any situation.
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