New Cal Poly class lets beer lovers ‘Learn by Brewing’

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Cal Poly is offering a new take on its Learn by Doing maxim: Learn by Brewing.

The university’s Extended Education department is kicking off a new course series on brewing with a one-day Craft Beer Appreciation class Aug 20. Students, whether beer novices or seasoned enthusiasts, will sample a variety of styles from across the country and delve into the brewing processes that impart distinct flavors to each beer.

Future courses will cover the Science of Brewing, Introduction to Home Brewing — in which students will brew and bottle their own small batch beer — and Advanced Practical Brewing. Each course is a prerequisite for the following one, with dates still to be determined.

The series reflects the recent rise of the craft beer movement, with more than 500 breweries operating in California and booming sales over the past five years. Instructors include Robert Emery and Sam Tierney, who both work at Firestone Walker Brewing Co., and Ken Smith, an award-winning homebrewer who works with BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

The Craft Beer Appreciation course costs $175 and runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20. Find details and register at www.extended.calpoly.edu.