With over 500 different beers to choose from at the sometimes daunting collection at Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale, it can be a chore attempt to wade through the different flavors, styles, and countries represented to make your choice for what to drink.
Enter the Beer Academy. The brainchild of owner and proprietor Julian Siegel, the Riverside Beer Academy will take a lucky few on the grain train to Hopsville; learning the ins and outs of brewing as both an artform and a delicious beverage.
For $125, 20 patrons will be able to discuss beer with some of the area's best beer ambassadors: Eric Guerrero from the competition-winning homebrew team at Angry Union Brewing, Adam Fine, President of Native Brewing Company, and Brett Hubbard, host of the internet radio show By The Glass and certified beer judge.
What will be covered are "different subjects specific to home brewing and the basics [of beer]," Brett told Clean Plate Charlie. "Julian has one of the best locations and resources to be able to teach and people about the beverages they have come to find at his market."
Signing up for the Academy ahead of time is highly recommended, as Julian is keeping the class size low, to about 20 people. He recommends going to the Facebook event and RSVPing there. The classes starts June 25th, and will begin at 7pm.
Beyond the six hour-long sessions, the Market is a teeming hotspot of craft beer activity, so not only will this be a learning experience, I'd expect it to become a social one as well.
There's no better extracurricular activity than letting a bunch of beer geeks pick what you're going to drink next. And heck, after you've completed the course, you can finally make up your own mind about what bottles to pick up... or end up in 'beer selection hell'. You can go with this, or you can go with that, you can go with this, or you can go with that...
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