Fab Craft Beer Class with The Naked Pint Authors Christina Perozzi and Hallie Braune

by Beer Answers on April 25, 2010

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Hallie Braune and Christina Perozzi, Authors of The Naked Pint, An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer

“There’s a beer out there for everyone!” said the Beer Chicks, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Braune as they opened the fun-filled “Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer” class yesterday in Santa Monica, California.

The Beer Chicks are the authors of the wonderful book, The Naked Pint, An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer.  We joined about 30 other craft beer fans—both experienced and newbies—to learn from the best.

Christina and Hallie are just as delightful and knowledgeable in person as they are in The Naked Pint.  We learned lots about the four main ingredients in beer:
malt, water, hops, and yeast.   We learned about the differences in the two basic kinds of beer, Ales and Lagers and the how to approach the hundreds of different styles of Ales and Lagers.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Who Knew?

But mostly we tasted about 14 amazing beers.  Well, 13, we did start out with “PBR” (Pabst Blue Ribbon), honestly.  When we all said, “Are you kidding?”,  Christina assured us we had to start somewhere in order to appreciate really good beer.  They guided us on how to smell the aromas before drinking a beer and taste the rich varieties of flavors.  Finding grapefruit, coffee, grass, chocolate and other aromas is half the fun of drinking the tons of wonderful craft beers available to you!

A good time was had by all.  If you’re in Southern California, sign up at the Beer Chicks site click here for their next beer event.   Also, buy a copy of The Naked Pint (now in its second printing) and enjoy!  You can read their blog here .

Santa Monica-Envy
Here’s a shout out to the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, 1119 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica.  Rustic Canyon was the venue for the Beer Class, a trendy green eatery with a menu that foodies love to love.  We’ll be going back soon to Santa Monica to have dinner.  Lucky Santa Monica residents!  They have the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, the legendary Father’s Office restaurant and the Beer Chicks!

Just two of the great beers from our tastings at the Beer Chicks Beer School.  More to follow in a few days.

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Frannziskaner Hefe-weisse
A Hefeweizen from Germany that is a delicious wheat beer.   Wheat beer? Honestly, you’ll love wheat beers after tasting this puppy from Munich.  If you’re a newbie beer fan and want to try different craft beer styles, Frannziskaner 
Hefe-weisse is a must-try.

Type: Lager

Style: Hefeweizen

5% ABV

Aromas:  banana, clove

Taste: Wonderful.  Hefeweizen beers are often suggested for new craft beer fans because they are lighter.  This is the best Hefeweizen I’ve ever tasted.  Can’t wait to find this one in San Diego to score some bottles for our beer and wine beer cooler.

The BeerList.org has a cool pic of this beer and a detailed description of Frannziskaner Hefe-weisse here.

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Foret Saison is another wheat beer brewed in Belgium in the farmhouse style.   Delicious.  This is a rustic Belgian ale with a bit more alcohol that the first one, 7.5 ABV.

Type: Ale, Belgian

Style: Saison (means ‘season’), farmhouse, rustic

5% ABV (Alcohol by volume)

Aromas:  grass, citrus (light), not lemonade-y

Taste: Great from first taste sip to last.  To pair with a soft cheese like Humboldt Fog.  This was a real crowd-pleaser.

Bonus:  Certified USDA Organic

Stop by BeerAnswers blog in a couple of days–we’ve got many more delicious beers to share from the Beer Chicks, Beer School!

Cheers!

Cynthia & Jim

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