Day 272

No more food in Sensory, alas. We’ve switched to the second portion that’s all about spirits and wine. Our first communication from the prof, Kristina, was an admonition to eat a good breakfast. I thought I did, but my coffee, oatmeal and bacon sandwich proved to be no match for this:   It’s not like we were doing shots though; the usual sensory steps apply (look, smell, sip) with the addition of one more: spit. And believe me when I say that there does not appear to be a way to do it nicely.  Kristina led us through some of …

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Prud’homme Beer Specialist, session 3

My  dad always said that history is important, that if you don’t know where you’ve been then how can you really be sure of where you’re going. Like many of the things my dad said, I dismissed it as being a trite dad-ism when I was younger but see the wisdom in it more and and more as I get older. He would laugh to know how many times I wish I could tell him that he was right. I’m not going to do a recap of the history beer here; that would be silly. You can Google history of beer if …

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Prud’homme Beer Enthusiast, session 2

We started this class with a quiz. I had read over the workbook and my notes briefly, and decided I was good. I wasn’t. Good thing this one didn’t count. We spent the first part of the class getting an overview of the history of beer. I found out that the Sumerians had a goddess of brewing, Ninkasi, and learned a bit about the role that monks and religious orders played in brewing. I am intrigued by this intersection of beer and religion, and have requested a couple of books from the library. Roger also talked about beer culture and …

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