The Everyday Guide to Beer

Someone once said, "He was a wise man who invented beer." That guy wasn't wrong.
The Everyday Guide to Beer is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 76.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Learned a lot about beer This was a very informative course about one of my favorite things... beer! The presenter was good and enjoyable,but not excellent. My only minor gripe was the amount time we spent with Sierra Nevada. However, he had a relationship with his company and it was cool to see inside this brewery and to get the prespective of various people within the company. If you want to know more about beer, this course will satisfy.
Date published: 2021-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Informative One of the most fun and informative courses I have taken. The Professor Bamforth is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, has first hand insight. One of the great features of this course is he takes you to brewery place, restaurants, etc and gives you real examples of the processes from the other expert. However, he himself asks excellent questions and manages the conversation very effectively.
Date published: 2021-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What An Excpected Delight Professor Bamforth is a thoroughly entertaining and knowledgeable instructor. His depth of knowledge is incredible for a subject, which on the surface, is deceivingly simple. I never imagined there was so much to know about the art of brewing. Thank you for opening my eyes.
Date published: 2021-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Course Good course but at times seems to be a advertisement for Sierra Nevada (don't think badly, I like Sierra Nevada). This is probably needed to show how "good beer" is created and standards. This lecture informs you about the many types of beer as well as what you need to "look" for when drinking beer. I recommend.
Date published: 2021-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and Enjoyable I really enjoyed listen to this informative lecture series and the relaxed presentation by the lecturer. I can highly recommend it.
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well taught This was a very interesting and well taught course.
Date published: 2021-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good could be better. worth the time. i found this a very well rounded series with a decent presenter. However; he lives in America and still acts like he's in Britania. Can't put temperatures in fahrenheit . Poor specious reasoning. Further it's a rolling ad for Sierra Nevada to the point he won't mention a brewery that produces a brew that he mentions. Poor.
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Escape If like me, you take a few Great Courses at once, this one is a fun elective where you'll learn practical knowledge you're quite likely to have occasions to share with friends, who might actually care about this subject as opposed to a subject like generic world history which they have made conscious effort to avoid once no longer being required to graduate. On my own personal experience, I knew in the past I had enjoyed a particular IPA on the pier in Santa Barbara and learned that actually this would have been considered an East Coast IPA based on its style. As coincidence would have it, after beginning these classes, Acre in Big Sky, where my wife and I enjoy live music on Fridays, happened to have a special on Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing, which happens to be mentioned a few times by Charlie Bamforth. It has become one of my favorites, alongside Guinness, and I must admit that Sierra Nevada creates a much more consistent product in different venues, probably because of reasons mentioned in this class. Charlie's Churchill-like voice (and any Brit would probably say his accent is nothing like Winston's) and bemused personality make this an enjoyable visit with a knowledgeable friend, which I enjoyed while drinking a perhaps slightly too-refrigerated American beers at home.
Date published: 2021-04-11
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Overview

Raise a glass and your beer IQ as you learn from one of the industry's most recognized international experts.

About

Charles W. Bamforth
Charles W. Bamforth

Beer is a thing of beauty. Four simple ingredients; yeast, malt, hops, and water combine under the right conditions to create a product that can be wholesome, nutritious, delicious, and satisfying.

INSTITUTION

University of California, Davis

Charles W. Bamforth is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Hull. He is also a senior quality advisor to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham. He has been part of the brewing industry since 1978, holding such positions as deputy director-general of Brewing Research International as well as quality assurance manager and research manager at Bass Brewers.

Professor Bamforth’s many academic and professional honors include the Award of Distinction from the American Society of Brewing Chemists, the Faculty Stewardship Award from the UC Davis Foundation, and the Brewers Association Recognition Award. He was also awarded the Horace Brown Medal, the highest accolade of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling; the Award of Honor by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas; and the Award of Distinction by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis.

Professor Bamforth has published numerous books and articles about beer throughout his career. Since 1985, he has also written prolifically about soccer. He has appeared extensively in the media, including on the BBC, Discovery Channel, NPR’s Science Friday, and PBS. His video credits include “The Art & Science of Beer,” Brew Dogs, How Beer Saved the World, How Stuff Works, and Ultimate Factories.

Professor Bamforth has presented lectures at numerous venues, including Google, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian, and the National Press Club.

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The Everyday Guide to Beer
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The Everyday Guide to Beer

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8,000 Years of Beer

01: 8,000 Years of Beer

Begin your journey with a primer on the history of beer and its place among peoples like the Sumerians, Egyptians, and the Medieval Benedictines. You’ll learn about figures like Dukes William IV and Ludwig X of Bavaria and the Reinheitsgebot, and even hear the fascinating story behind the origin of British pub signs.

31 min
Malt, Hops, Yeast, Water: How Beer Is Made

02: Malt, Hops, Yeast, Water: How Beer Is Made

Now that you’ve traveled through beer’s history, you’re ready to discover how it’s made. You’ll go in-depth with ingredients like malt and hops, and which geographic regions of the world each variety comes from. Then, Sierra Nevada’s Head Brewer Scott Jennings will take you through the process of how this elite brewery produces its award-winning beer.

37 min
A Grand Tour of Beer Styles

03: A Grand Tour of Beer Styles

Different fermentation techniques can result in radically different beer styles and flavors. Explore this concept within the context of products like ice beers, light beers, and “dry” beers, as well as with unique categories like gueuze and lambics.

19 min
All about Ales

04: All about Ales

Ale is one of beer’s most significant and diverse classifications. Here, you’ll investigate popular versions like pale ales, India pale ales (IPAs), and Scotch ales. But did you know that porters and stouts are also ales? Go in depth with this important beer category and then discover the unique characteristics of each sub-type.

33 min
All about Lagers

05: All about Lagers

Germany’s impact on beer history cannot be overstated, and nowhere is this more prevalent than when drinking a glass of lager. A deceptively difficult beer to brew, this category includes styles like doppelbocks, marzens, and the increasingly popular Oktoberfest. But an Oktoberfestbier in Germany means something very different than it does in other parts of the world.

18 min
Beers of the World: Who Drinks What

06: Beers of the World: Who Drinks What

The world’s leading beer brand has significantly more market share than Budweiser and Coors Light combined, and you’ve likely never heard of it. In this lesson on the business of beer, find out how this is possible and what top producers like Anheuser-Busch InBev, and micro and regional breweries all mean for the industry as a whole.

30 min
Enjoying Beer I: The Perfect Pour

07: Enjoying Beer I: The Perfect Pour

How a beer looks can influence our perception before we even take our first sip. Learn why everything from a beer’s packaging and label to the bottles a brewery uses can affect our experience. You’ll also discover how to pour a beer properly to get the appropriate amount of foam, and what nucleation sites in a glass do for both presentation and flavor.

26 min
Enjoying Beer II: Maximizing Flavor

08: Enjoying Beer II: Maximizing Flavor

Did you know that the aroma from hops is made up of at least 420 different compounds? Learn the typical flavor each type of malt infuses into a beer and how different chemicals combine to form the sweet, salt, sour, or bitter notes each style is known for. Conclude with the proper serving temperature for most of the major beer types you’ve learned about in previous lessons.

31 min
Enjoying Beer III: Buying and Storing

09: Enjoying Beer III: Buying and Storing

The way beer is stored, packaged, and distributed can have a huge impact on how it tastes. Ryan Mintzer, packaging and warehouse manager at Sierra Nevada, will take you through some of the brewery’s best practices to ensure that each beer has optimal flavor and freshness before being poured into your glass.

30 min
Pairing Beer with Food

10: Pairing Beer with Food

Pairing beer with food effectively can take some practice, but a few important tips will help you plan that next meal with confidence. Whether it’s matching beer with existing recipes or actually adding it into a dish, beer’s versatility should not be underestimated. Experience a five-course dinner menu with beer pairings, specially prepared by Jessie Massie, head chef at Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Taproom.

34 min
The Science of Quality Beer

11: The Science of Quality Beer

Quality in beer can be very subjective and a difficult thing to quantify. General Manager Brian Grossman, of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River facility, and Quality Manager Liz Huber discuss this idea and how measurements of alcohol by volume (ABV), clarity, pH, and other checks are used to achieve desired results.

23 min
Beer and Human Health

12: Beer and Human Health

Nutritious or just empty calories? In this final lesson, Dr. Bamforth will take you through the health benefits and risks associated with beer consumption, such as recommended consumption limits and why moderation has been preached since this beverage’s early days. However, beer also contains antioxidants and an array of vitamins like niacin, folic acid, and riboflavin.

27 min