San Francisco Beer Week, wow!

(Posted after Beer Week 2009)

SF Beer Week was amazing, with over 150 events, many sold out.

We helped launch the Flickr Photo Group Pool, with photos from lots of community members: – check out the collaboration, and if you were shooting please share your pix there!

Our own related blog posts include here about the Schooners event and Bill Brand’s tragic injury, and here about Barleywine at Toronado, and the bartenders there.

During the week we (Steve and Gail) helped produce a San Francisco Beer Week event: Beer Judging 101 & 201 – Beer Evaluation Seminars featuring beer judge and teacher David Teckam and beer community organizer extraordinaire Brian Cooper.

"Appreciation!" @ "Beer Judging 101" Class- SF Beer Week
The two classes also filled to overflowing! Here’s a few pix, followed by a copy of the announcement just for reference. You can get in touch with David at for further teaching and tasting events (and videos!) that are BJCP judge oriented.
Into the Beer-"Beer Judging 101" Class During SF Beer Week

Serious About Beer ;"Beer Judging 101" Class During SF Beer Week

Comparing Beers...-"Beer Judging 101" Class During SF Beer Week

David Teckam Leads Beer Judging 101

A Venue for SF BEER WEEK Events Beer Judging 101 & 201 – Beer Evaluation Seminars led by Grand Master beer judge David Teckam.

Sunday, February 15, 2009.

These two special SF BEER WEEK classes are designed to expand your evaluative, perceptive, and descriptive abilities when tasting various styles of beers. We will cover highlights of what the beer judging process is all about. We’ll also taste and discuss common defects that can come up in the brewing process, and briefly discuss their causes.

Each class takes approximately one and a half hours, and we’ll taste some world class beers in the process.

The Intro (101) class, at 1:00 pm, is an excellent class for craft beer enthusiasts, for people who home brew, for serious wine people who want to step into the world of fine beers, for anybody who has ever thought about getting certified as a beer judge but hasn’t gotten there yet, or for a beer judge who wants a tune-up. You will taste a variety of beers and discuss distinguishing attributes including flavor, aroma, body, and more. You’ll learn some of the vocabulary that will improve your ability to learn and talk about new beers you encounter. You will also learn a little bit about the non-profit BJCP – the Beer Judge Certification Program – and how to get involved if you want to take it further.

For the Advanced (201) class, at 3:00 pm, the recommended prerequisite is either the intro (101) class, or experience with beer judging. It is also open to those who have a solid fundamental background in beer tasting and some knowledge about world beer styles. We’ll taste several beers and discuss them in great detail. We’ll fill out a sample judging sheet, and will discuss what it takes to be a great judge, as well as strategies to advance in the rank within the BJCP program.

Jump on BART and come join us for Beer Judging 101 and 201 with Grand Master beer judge David Teckam, assisted by certified judges Brian Cooper (from the Mad Zymurgists homebrew club) and Gail Williams (of Beer By BART).

Sunday, February 15, 2009:
1:00 PM (intro class – “Beer Judging 101”)
3:00 PM (advanced class – “Beer Judging 201”).

The charge is $25 for either class, or $45 for both, which includes all materials and beers.

We’ll be holding these classes in the private banquet room at The Englander, an English style pub/sports bar and restaurant at 101 Parrott St., San Leandro (510-357-3571), easily accessible by BART. Designated drivers or public transit are highly recommended. Also, we encourage everyone to eat (at the Englander, if you wish) before and/or after your participation in the beer judging class. See our Beer by BART page for The Englander. It’s an easy stroll from the San Leandro station, once you get onto Parrott Street.

Space is limited, so sign up now by emailing Brian Cooper to reserve your spot. Let him know your name and contact number, and choose a session — 101, 201 or both for a full afternoon of sensory training. This will be awesome!

Above was our announcement. Thanks for those who came to the event, and here’s to the potential of SF BEER WEEK in all its glory.

(David answers a question about aging strong beers such as barleywines)

Return to the main Beer By BART list of Bay Area good beer places near mass transit, and get out there to enjoy without driving.

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