October is known worldwide for being all about beer. I’m not a big chugger, so I celebrate by taking brewery tours and botany classes.
Originally posted on The Great Experimenters:
October is the month of beer festivals. Inspired by the season, my Beer Experimenter husband, Mike, has declared October the Month of Beer. Although I’m no beer aficionado I am an experimenter, so I have been tagging along to learn with him.
Learning about the botany of beer (and much more)
Our first stop on this frothy tour was a class at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix called Brewing and Botany. It was taught by award-winning home brewer, Danny Foley. This class helped our knowledge of beer to expand from novice to true hobbyist. We learned the underpinnings for the variety of beers–why stouts have a coffee-like flavor, why IPAs are so bitter (it all has to do with the sweetness or roast of malts and the bitterness of citrusy hops). We learned a bit about the history of beer and how the different varieties got their starts (different grains and hops grow differently around the world, and some beers simply do better in different climates). It was a fast-paced class, complete with seven different tastings, and lots of information crammed into two hours. We’re thinking of attending it again in the Spring to catch what we might have missed before.