Know your wine but baffled about beer? As craft beer continues to sweep South Africa, bars and restaurants are bulking up their beer lists, offering more hops, more variety, and more options for food pairings. And as beer gets bigger, the beer consumer becomes more demanding.
Do your staff know their IBUs from their ABVs? Can they tell a brown ale from an amber lager? Can they recommend the perfect pairing for a plate of salmon or a spicy curry?
If not, it’s time to sign them up for a Beer 101 course. Beer writer Lucy Corne presents a 90-minute training session to get bartenders, servers or managers up to speed on beer. The session includes:
- A brief history of beer – worldwide and in South Africa
- Sniff, taste and touch the ingredients and learn how they influence the final flavour of the beer
- A basic look at brewing – how malt and hops are transformed into liquid gold
- Pouring the perfect pint – dos and don’ts of pouring both draught and bottled beer
- When beer goes bad – recognising off flavours and working out what the problem is
- Tutored tasting – what to look for and how to describe beers to customers
- Intro to food and beer pairing – an overview of how to match food and beer, which can be tailored to your menu and beer selection
About the presenter: Lucy is South Africa’s foremost beer writer. She writes as The Brewmistress and her blog on The Craft Beer Project’s site has a loyal and growing following. Lucy is also the author of African Brew, which has been dubbed “South Africa’s Bible of Beer”. Lucy is a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) qualified judge and an all-round beer connoisseur.
– Beer 101 can also be adapted to make an original team-building session or work function. –