Style Stumper with Michael Agnew of A Perfect Pint
Think you know beer styles? Can you tell a Munich helles from a heller bock? Stop by the Education table where Certified Cicerone Michael Agnew from A Perfect Pint will put you through the paces to test your stylistic aptitude. Can you match the beer to the description? Are you up to the test?
Historic Beer Style Scavenger Hunt with Doug Hoverson
Test your taste buds and learn a bit of beer history at the same time! Pick up forms at the Education table or MNCBG information table, find and taste examples of the styles described, and learn from local beer historian Doug Hoverson how changing brewing techniques and ingredients helped develop the range of styles we enjoy today. Turn in your completed scavenger hunt form to the collections boxes for a chance to win a piece of breweriana!
Brewery historian Doug Hoverson and other members of the North Star Chapter of the beer collectors associations will exhibit winter and holiday-themed breweriana, talk about the history of the beers and the breweries, and be able to tell you about that old beer sign you found in Grandpa’s attic.
Michael Agnew is Minnesota’s first Certified Cicerone®. As the owner of A Perfect Pint, he organizes beer tastings and beer dinners for private parties and corporate events. He teaches classes on beer appreciation and beer/food pairing at Cooks of Crocus Hill and the University of Minnesota. Michael’s Liquid Assets beer column can be read the first Thursday of every month in the Taste Section of the Star Tribune.
Doug Hoverson is the author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota. The book covers the entire history of brewing in the state, from the first frontier brewers to the craft brewers who are exploring the new frontiers of today. He is also a national rank beer judge and an award winning homebrewer. His next book will be on the breweries and beer heritage of Wisconsin.
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