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BEER 101

January 24, 2019 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Are you Craft Beer Curious?

You see the beers with cute names and interesting labels overflowing at the LCBO, and you’ve noticed it’s been appearing on tap at all your favourite locals, but you’re still a little unsure. 

There’s a lot of terminology getting thrown around like ‘dry hopped sour’ or ‘wild farmhouse’.  You never thought you’d ever be asking yourself what’s the difference between Imperial and Double, or Porter vs. Stout? Or lager vs. ale, for that matter? It can all feel a little intimidating, confusing and downright terrifying!!  Don’t worry… we gotcha… we’re here to help with…beer school! Beer 101, to be precise! 

Join us in the brewery for this 4 week class, as we tackle all corners of the craft beer world especially at the beginner level.  We’ll talk about beer styles, and beer history, and sample all kinds of beer, and you’ll leave with the tools required to know your way around all the saisons, wheats, ales, and IPAs out there!  Before you know it, you’ll be be-dazzling your friends with tidbits like ‘I love the late hop addition in this brew’!

Week 1 – Thursday, January 17, 2019 – What is Craft?

We’re going to start at the beginning, and explain a  bit of the history of beer…back to Mesopotamia – thru to Robert Henderson opening his brewery at Sherbourne & Adelaide and up to present day. We’re going to talk Lagers vs. Ales, sample a few blindfolded and make sure you never confuse the two again!

Week 2 – Thurday, January 24, 2019 – Hops Hops HOPS!

This week, we’re going to cover IPA’s (starting with: Why is it called an India Pale Ale?) and we’re going to give you a crash course in all kinds of different hops. We’re going to talk about dry hopping, IBUs, hop aromas, West Coast Styles vs. Classic East Coast styles vs. New England Styles, and everything in between. PLUS we’re going to get our hands a little dirty, and do a real, live hop rub. Don’t know what that means? You will after this!

Week 3 – Thursday, January 31, 2019 – Getting Wild with Microbiology

We’re just going to throw a bunch of words out there for you: Sour. Funk. Saison. Geuze. Gose. Lambic. Farmhouse. Brettanomyces. Spontaneous Fermentation.

Again! Don’t be scared. We got ya. Believe it or not, they are all related to the microbiology of beer, and we promise – once you’re through with this week’s class, you’ll understand what all of them mean!

Week 4 – Thursday, February 7, 2019 – Barrel Aging

This week is BIG. Barrel Aging is a capital-T Trend in the beer world right now, and we want to help you navigate it. We’re going to talk barrels, where they come from – and why that matters, plus what even happens while beer ages in barrels. We’ll also be sampling a bunch of beer styles that taste especially great after sitting in said barrels, at all different stages of aging.

Tickets for each week of Beer 101 are sold indiviudally. You can come to one class, or join us for all four! Each ticket includes a minimum of 4 x 5 oz samples of beer. Class size is limited –  reserve your spots now so you don’t miss out! 



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is strictly a 19+ event. Please bring ID with you! 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of free parking after 6pm in our lot, but we recommend public transit – the 505 Dundas streetcar, heading westbound, stops at Sterling and we’re a 2 min. walk up the street; or you can take the subway and hop off at either Landsdowne or Dundas West stations, and walk 5 min south; we’re also about 200 metres south of both the Bloor GO & UP stations, and the brewery is accessible from the West Toronto Railpath!


What can I bring into the event?

Bring a notebook if you’d like to to take notes – we have  you covered for everything else.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email buffy@hendersonbrewing.com with any additional questions!


What’s the refund policy?

There are no refunds, but the ticket is 100% transferable. If something comes up, and you’re not able to make it out, you can pass along your ticket, no problem. Just give us a heads up about the transfer, and make sure whoever winds up with the ticket brings in a copy with them!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

 Yes, please!

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Absolutely! If you’re purchasing this as a gift, or on behalf of someone else, you can either fill in your info or theirs!


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

100% Yes!


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January 24, 2019
19:00 - 20:30


Henderson Brewing Co.


Henderson Brewing co
128 Sterling Road
Toronto, ON M6R 2B7 Canada
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