Craft-Beer Class for One or Two at Craft Brewery Bus Tours (Up to 54% Off)

The Trophy Room

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In a Nutshell

Craft-beer classes detail the history of craft beer and introduce students to home-brewing methods; snacks and two tastings included

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Promotional value expires Oct 10, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required by October 8, 2015. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $59 for a craft-beer class for one ($125 value)
  • $115 for a craft-beer class for two ($250 value)

Classes teach students the history of craft beer and introduce them to home-brewing methods. They include snacks and two tastings. A cash bar is also available. Classes take place on October 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Trophy Room.

Hops: Beer’s Bitter Half

Virtually all beers—craft brews in particular—rely on the complex flavors and aromas of hops. Read on for Groupon’s exploration of one of beer’s most vital ingredients.

Different wheat varieties account for beer’s varying colors, from the amber hue of lager to the deep-chocolate dusk of a heavy stout. But not all beer’s key ingredients make their presence visible. In the glass, hops are undetectable to the eye but often inescapable to the palate. One of four principal ingredients in the brewing process—along with grain, yeast, and water—hops produce beer’s distinctive bitterness, balancing the natural sweetness of the grain’s malt sugar while imbuing it with other flavors and aromas. Harvested from the female flowers of a perennial vine called Humulus lupulus, the pellets come in two complementary types—alpha and aroma. The former contributes to beer’s bitterness with its higher acidity levels, whereas the latter results in floral qualities due to its higher percentage of essential oils.

One of the beers most commonly described as “hoppy,” india pale ale, came about thanks to another unique property of hops. An antimicrobial agent, the plant has been rumored to act as a natural preservative, keeping beer from spoiling too quickly. With this in mind, 18th- and 19th-century British brewers began adding extra hops to batches of beer destined for the Indian colonies, resulting in the brew’s characteristically strong bitterness.

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    The Trophy Room

    170 West Ontario Chicago

    Chicago, IL 60654

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