Monday, August 3, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Northern New Jersey
Zoom Link provided upon registration

Join Northern New Jersey Alumni Network Board members Rich Cohen and Brian Scholder in an exploration of beer styles. Learn some basic terms (ales vs. lagers, American vs. International, craft vs. mega-breweries) and tasting guidelines, and then dive into a comparison by tasting several different styles.

This course will introduce various beer styles, provide a hands-on guide to taste a beer (based on homebrew competitions and the Beer Judge Certification Program), then dive into each of the different beers (drink beer). We will taste three groups of two beers each in an effort to learn how to identify different aromas and flavors.

Prior to the course you should buy at least one can of each of the six beers (substitute beers are listed in case some are hard to find – but most if not all of these should be available everywhere). Also make sure to have several glasses and some water to cleanse your palate between beers.

  • Group 1:
    • American Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (you can substitute Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale), vs.
    • American IPA: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (you can substitute Stone IPA)
  • Group 2:
    • American Amber Ale: New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale (you can substitute Troegs HopBack Amber Ale or Bell's Amber Ale), vs.
    • California Common: Anchor Steam (you should be able to find this nationwide)
  • Group 3:
    • Irish Stout: Guinness Draught (you can substitute Murphy's Irish Stout), vs.
    • English Porter: Fuller’s London Porter (you can substitute Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter or Founders Porter – both are American Porters, but close enough)

For each beer, we will review the BJCP style guideline to explain what to look for in each beer. Everyone will learn how to properly taste the beer and write down your observations. Then everyone will have athe opportunity to share what they picked up from each beer. Brian and Rich will go last so as not to unfairly influence anyone.

Rich Cohen has been a homebrewer for 7 years, a Certified beer judge for 2 years, and a beer snob since his days at Maryland in the late 80’s (always willing to pay a few dollars extra for good Canadian imports rather than local, cheap alternatives).

Brian Scholder is a beer connoisseur who has been drinking craft and imported beers since the early 90’s. For the past 7 years, he and Rich have tasted hundreds of beers together in and around New Jersey and New York City.




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Aug 3

Rich Cohen