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Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this beer tasting class:

Brewers make wort. Yeast make beer. Our yeast class and accompanying tasting will delve deeply into the world of everyone’s favorite microorganism.

The yeast lecture will cover:

  • Yeast Nutrition, growth and chemical pathways that effect home brewers.
  • How to choose and maintain a happy culture in your home brew and how strain selection impacts beer flavor.
  • Pitching rates, Propagation, starters, collection (top and bottom cropping) storage.
  • We’ll discuss the changes in cultures over generations and how home brewers rinse & clean yeast to repitch.


During the second half of the class we’ll conduct a tasting experiment to identify flavor differences between yeast strains under ideal fermentation conditions. The school took a large batch of beer and separated it into eight fermenters. We then pitched a different yeast into each fermenter.

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This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

We don’t issue refunds, but if you need to reschedule your class for any reason, you can do so with 2 weeks or more advance notice. If you find yourself missing the deadline, try asking around and see if a friend can take your spot. You’ll get the refund and fill a perfectly good spot. Everybody wins!

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Reviews of Classes at Bitter & Esters (208)

(208 Reviews)
Yeast Lecture & Tasting
Reviewed by Eric R. on 12/18/2017
VERY interesting course, great and friendly teachers and superb beer tasting.
Yeast Lecture & Tasting
Reviewed by Samuli H. on 4/18/2016
knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic instruction by people who love good beer!
Yeast Lecture & Tasting
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/14/2015
The reason why I left a negative review was not because the course was bad (it was a really passionate course and the guys were great). It was because we didn't expect it to be an advanced microbrewing course (which it was) and expected a beer tasting course (which it was to a very lesser extent).
Yeast Lecture & Tasting
Reviewed by Bob Marks on 10/17/2013
Informative, friendly staff. Learned a lot and had a fun time
Yeast Lecture & Tasting
Reviewed by Kyle W. on 4/15/2019

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Bitter & Esters

Douglas Amport and John La Polla founded Bitter & Esters, the city’s first do-it-yourself brewery and homebrew supply shop, motivated by their knowledge and passion for brewing as equal parts art and science. Fueled by the desire to inspire, educate, and nurture the growing homebrew community...

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