Prud’homme Beer Specialist, session 5

A draught case study test. AND off-flavours. Not my night. I did not do well on the draught case study; I was so focused on finishing the chemistry course for my Niagara College application that I forgot about it until Tuesday afternoon. It really is too late to try and cram at that point. Sigh. I’m so glad that I’m almost done trying to learn a year-long course in two months. It will be nice to get my life back. And what can be said about the off-flavours? It’s not like anyone ever says they enjoyed making their taste buds …

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Cooking class

As well as the regular classroom sessions, the Prud’homme Beer Specialist level includes a cooking with beer class, held last night at Aphrodite Cooks. I met one of my classmates, Jen of Ltd. Supply, at her house before heading to the kitchen. She opened several of their homebrews for me to try: Mint Condition, a chocolate stout with an oh-so-subtle mint flavour imparted from fresh mint added during fermentation Have Your Carrot Cake and Drink It Too, made with carrots and spices. It tasted fantastic, but alas had no carbonation. Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch, a dark beer made with …

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Prud’homme Beer Specialist

Some people look forward to Christmas or New Year’s. I was looking forward to January 7th – that’s when the second level of the Prud’homme Beer Certification started! This session is held at Steam Whistle brewery for the next 8 weeks, with one session being held at a cooking school. It’s a great location, but remind me next time not to drive and park downtown when there’s a Raptors game on down the street. Parking turned out to be $22. I could have used it to buy something lovely, like more of Mill Street’s Vanilla Porter that I seem to …

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