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Beer Tasting Themes

Beer tastings are a fun way to gain an education. Many would scoff at the idea that drinking beer is educational, but if you consider that beer has been a part of human civilization for over ten-thousand years, you may wish to reconsider your immediate impression.

Tasting beer sharpens the sense of smell. You pay closer attention to the aromas emitted by foods, chemicals, and water. You become more aware of your surroundings. So enticing are the flavors, that you cast aside thoughts of overindulgence in exchange for the opportunity to taste the hop that was used, or the sour fermentation that resulted from the addition of Brettanomyces. You become enamored by the history of man in other countries. The thought of monasteries (and beer) being destroyed during war presents a different perspective. Pasteurization becomes fascinating.

Beer tastings are popular in Brewpubs, Beer Bars, and Restaurants who carry a well-stocked selection of beer. Festivals often present seminars that offer tips on beer appreciation. You might even find tastings in adult evening schools, colleges and universities. If you cannot find one to meet your satisfaction, consider forming your own group or club who will meet at a specific time and place on a regular basis.

Tastings may be in any format, but a few variations of this theme are:

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