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There are a countless number of homebrewers that wish they could brew professionally. I won’t say it’s the dream of every homebrewer, but I’m sure it crosses their mind at some point during their homebrewing career. But let’s be honest, opening any new business is difficult, but opening your own brewery is a pretty staggering endeavor.

If only there was a Brewery Fantasy Camp here in our region! Well, now there is. On Saturday December 10th, 2nd Shift Brewing in New Haven, Missouri will be holding their first 2nd Shift Saturday School. This will be your opportunity to gets a hands on lesson in brewing a few hundred gallons of beer on the 2nd Shift system.

The $250 cost for this school provides you with the brewing experience, lunch, dinner, overnight lodging, breakfast the next morning, and two 750ml bottles of the beer once it’s completed. While the $250 includes meals and lodging for one guest of the student, only 10 students will be allowed to take part in the Saturday class.

If this is something you’re interested in (or know would make for a great early Christmas present) call Steve or Craig at the brewery at 573-237-3421 or send Craig an email at craig@2ndshiftbrewing.com.

In the continuing series of beer classes put on by Andy Snead from Whole Foods, this month brings us a tasting of Tripels from around the world:

Come with us on a “tripel” around the world as we celebrate this fantastic style of beer. The name “Tripel” actually stems from part of the brewing process, in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than a standard Belgian ale. Traditionally, Tripels are bright yellow to gold in color, which is a shade or two darker than the average Pilsner. Head should be big, dense and creamy. Aroma and flavor runs along complex, spicy phenols, powdery yeast, fruity with a sweet finish. Bitterness is up there for a beer with such a light body for its strength, but at times is barely perceived amongst the even balance of malts and hops. The lighter body comes from the use of Belgian candy sugar (up to 25% sucrose), which not only lightens the body, but also adds complex alcoholic aromas and flavors. Small amounts of spices are sometimes added as well. And, they are downright delicious. We’ll taste tripels from all over, so join us on this ride round the world, or at least through America and Europe. Cheers!

These are always extremely fun events with plenty of knowledge along with plenty of great beer. This event will be held on April 16 at Whole Foods in Brentwood from 6:30-8PM. The cost of the event is $20 and tickets can be purchased here.

wineandcheese.jpgIf you don’t know your ales from your lagers or maybe you’re looking for a little refresher, then this class is for you. The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding a class on April 7th dedicated to beer and beer styles.

Learn the different styles and types of Beer. Beer has really developed in the past 10 years. There are more than 500 beers available in St. Louis now and there are many different styles.

Reservations required….314-727-8788

This event is $20 dollars and is sure to fill quick. I’ll probably see you there.