Two Hours About Beer? Where Do I Sign Up?
You already know that New England has helped lead the resurgence in craft beers. Here's a chance to learn how.
Next Tuesday, August 28, the Co-op Food Stores will host a class with the (okay, slightly ungainly) title, "The Renaissance of American Beer: New England's Global Leadership Class."
It'll be led by Jeff Roberts, a Montpelier-based writer and consultant who specializes in small-scale, interesting-tasting food and drink. He's got two books along those lines: The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese and Salted and Cured: Savoring the Culture, Heritage, and Flavor of America's Preserved Meats.
It's impossible to do a full history of craft beer in New England, but participants in the class will get a deep dive into (and taste of) a mix of older, ground-breaking breweries -- Samuel Adams, of course, and Allegash -- as well as newer ground-breaking breweries. They'll also hit on the resurgence of ciders, which can trace its roots to right here: Lebanon's Farnum Hill.
The class will also delve into Roberts' earlier interests. There'll be local cheeses, and cured meats to check out--including sausages from the oldest sausage factory in the country, which doesn't happen to be local. It's in Milwaukee.
"Jeff's a great storyteller, he has a great wealth of knowledge, and it'll be really just a tantalizing taste. It should be a very informative evening," says the Co-op's educator, Lindsay Smith.
It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm next Tuesday. Cost is $45 for members, $60 for non-members. You can go here to register and find out more.