College. For many, the word is synonymous with crowded parties and cheap kegs. The Better Beer Society University (BBSU), just as its name suggests, is like any other semester of college—except for one, big difference: the beer is a lot better.
The BBSU is a 12-week course that offers students the opportunity to learn from local and international beer-industry experts in a fun, intimate, and nonjudgemental setting. The curriculum is designed to be engaging for a wide range of knowledge levels.
The weekly classes are led by Certified Cicerone and Founder of the Better Beer Society Rob Shellman, as well as a cast of other Certified Cicerones including Michael Agnew, Bryan Buser, Frank Roy, and Sean Cooke. Classes from previous semesters have focused on topics including the importance of proper glassware, a look inside beer festivals, understanding canning lines (with a field trip to Indeed Brewing), historic/revived styles, and comparing the sub-classes of individual styles, such as American IPAs versus English IPAs.
Past national guests have included: Julia Herz (Brewers Association, CraftBeer.com director), Ray Daniels (Cicerone Certification Program), Mitch Steele (brewmaster of Stone Brewing Co.), Sean Paxton (The HomeBrew Chef), John Palmer (famed author of “How to Brew”), George Reisch (fifth-generation brewmaster of Anheuser-Busch).
The BBSU is now enrolling for its fall semester, which will run September 2–November 18. There are two class options, 6–7pm or 7:30–8:30pm, both on Wednesday. The cost is $100 and includes a weekly beer flight and other supplies.
For more information and to register, visit the BBSU’s website.