Brian Koch is the owner of North Portland’s Lombard House pub, and like many others he is grappling with a pandemic, a pivot to delivery, and worldwide protests of an unjust system that have implications far more important than beer and bars.
Belmont Station – Portland’s original bottleshop/beer bar combo, is hosting Master Cicerone Rich Higgins for Beer School. Chef, brewer, beer-expert Higgins will teach sensory science methods that help reveal brewing technique, assess beer quality, and blind taste beer. Tickets for the 3-hour class on January 18th are available now.
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Drawing from last year’s successful sold-out class, Higgins, who is a Certified Wine Sommelier in addition to being a Master Beer Cicerone® will teach his Deductive Beer Tasting Method, a process developed for beer similar to the one used by wine sommeliers to help them in their wine tastings.
This 3-hour beer tasting class is perfect for tasters of all levels. Beginning beer tasters will learn the foundation of tasting and have their eyes opened to all that a beer can taste like. Advanced beer tasters will hone their palates, and learn how to taste beer’s subtleties, and how to make deductions about beer to sleuth out the beer’s recipe, its brewing processes, and what makes it tick — and even how to re-brew it themselves. Students also will receive a downloadable tasting grid, quick start guide and more for them to use outside the class, wherever they are enjoying a cold one.
Beer School tickets make excellent gifts for the beer geeks in your life – and they don’t have to be refrigerated. Tickets for the event on January 18, 2020 at Belmont Station are $75 each for the 3-hour class and are on sale now at
ABOUT RICH HIGGINS, Consultant à la Bière: Master Cicerone, Brewmaster & Certified Sommelier
Rich Higgins is all things beer: brewmaster, beer travel operator, author, public speaker, and a consultant to breweries and restaurants. He is one of 18 Master Cicerones in the world, and additionally is a Certified Sommelier. He runs Beer Immersions educational beer tours of Belgium and Germany. Educational offerings include his organized approach to blind beer tasting, the Deductive Beer Tasting Method, as well as his online Video Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone Exam. He teaches public classes, industry trainings, and is a public speaker and coordinator of events around the world. Contact him at www.richhiggins.com.
ABOUT BELMONT STATION, Portland’s premier beer destination and the most award-winning beer spot in the Northwest
Since its founding in 1997, Belmont Station has become Portland’s premier beer destination. The Bottle Shop features 1,400+ beers, properly stored to maintain the freshest selection of beer in the region. The adjacent Biercafé features 35 rotating taps pouring world-class beer, cider, wine and mead.
Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.