Hop College: Sensory Training

Have you ever struggled to find a word to describe a beer? Have you ever tasted a beer that just didn't seem right and you couldn't put your finger on it? Then this class is for you! Join us as we take a deep dive into developing your vocabulary on how to taste beer and what happens when beer goes bad.


Thursday, May 23

6:30pm - 8:30pm

ThuMay | 23
Hop College: Sensory Training
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      Adult 21+

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      Adult 21+ $40.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $3.39
      Total $43.39

      Adult 21+

      All guests must have a valid ID

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The taps are on, the beer is pouring, and class is back in session! Learn all about how to fine tune your senses the Great Lakes way at Hop College Sensory Training. Join our Field Quality Analyst Mike Buckley, who will help you understand what it takes to serve and drink a great beer and what issues might arise when things don’t go as planned.

 Students who enroll in Hop College: Sensory Training will head to the “classroom” where we will help you tap into a deeper understanding of craft beer with a guided tasting, plus a lesson on building a vocabulary to describe what you smell and taste, discussion on the brewing process, and more during this crash course on all things beer. There won’t be any textbooks, but we will have plenty of beer samples and small bites from the brewpub to help enhance your learning.

Students who complete Sensory Training will leave with a special Hop College branded snifter  glass (don’t know what that is? See you at the class!), and official beer nerd bragging rights. All students enrolled can enjoy 10% off a brewpub food order or gift shop purchase (valid for day of class only).

Graduate at the bottom of your glass at Hop College, where our taproom is your classroom!

Upcoming Classes

Thu May 23 – Sensory Training

Thu June 6 – Beer 101 

The Fine Print

Details are subject to change without notice.

Payment is non-refundable, and event date is non-transferable.  Please book your date and time carefully, as refunds will not be awarded.

When our Beer Symposium is not available, Beer School may be held in the brewpub’s historic Rockefeller Room or the brewery Tasting Room.

Guests without a valid ID at check-in will not receive beer samples. Guests MUST be 21 or older with a valid ID to consume or purchase alcohol. No exceptions!

GLBC gift cards cannot be redeemed for Hop College or other events. Only Hop College vouchers may be used.

Questions? Contact us at 216.771.4404 or GLBCinfo@greatlakesbrewing.com.

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Two Irish brothers with limited brewing experience. A city that shuttered its last production brewery in the early 80s. A neighborhood in serious need of a facelift. In 1986 when Patrick and Daniel Conway opened their fledgling operation in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, the odds were stacked against them. Fortunately, they surrounded themselves with a staff of passionate, knowledgeable people, and from the start committed themselves to bringing a sophisticated, diverse selection of craft beer to their home state. Two decades, multiple awards, and a whole lot of stories later, Pat and Dan Conway celebrate over two decades of brewing exceptional beer for their adventurous and discerning customers.

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