It can be fascinating when privately held info becomes available for public consumption, although now every game of Contra invariably takes forever. Finally distributing info about consumption: The Brickskeller Beer Class.
Starting this week, DC's most storied suds house is hosting a three-session beer class based on the training seshs they've given their (famously knowledgeable) employees for decades, which include samples of "12 world class rare, delicious, and historically significant beers", meaning you'll finally have a legitimate excuse for not remembering anything learned in class. All schoolin's headed up by the 'skeller's manager in their rustic, brew-themed downstairs bar, with the opening "What is Beer?" basics seminar covering the range of ABVs most styles fall into, differing uses of yeast/barley/hops for flavor/aroma/color, and a general "brief history of beer's origins", which'll be just like a A Brief History of Time, except more difficult to use to steady wobbly tables. Class 2 ("Around the World") covers Bavarian and Bohemian lagers, takes a hard look at Belgian brews (abbey beers vs trappists), covers the use of fruit and global food pairings, and gets super serious about bottle aging ("it's not just for wine folks"!), while Class 3 starts with a quick overview of English suds (specifically cask ales and IPAs), before focusing on "The American Craft Beer Revolution", the start of which was signaled by Crawl Revere.
To-be-sampled beers include Lindeman's Cuvee Rene (a Belgian gueuze, one of the oldest styles of beer), Saint Bernadus Prior 8 (a Belgian double), and a Lagunitas double IPA, while the final sesh will also cover/serve local microbrews, and a more general look "at what the Washington, DC/Baltimore area has to offer the beer enthusiast" -- so don't B A stick in the mud; select start.