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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 4.3 out of 5 by 83.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All this course lacks are the tastes and smells. I am a skilled beer drinker: open bottle and drink. Now, I understand a bit about what I like about beer. Break out the brew and sit back for lively and pleasant presentation that's never flat.
Date published: 2022-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an education!! All these years that I have been drinking beer , I had no idea so much went into it . Professor Bamforth is a treat to listen to and while I have no plans of ever becoming a home brewer , I have become a devotee of good beer . I recommend this course to anybody who has a passing interest in beer
Date published: 2022-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful information Exceptionally knowledgeable lecturer, enjoyable time with this course.
Date published: 2022-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Likable, knowledgeable presenter. I lived in Germany and other parts of Europe for several years and developed an appreciation of various brews. This entertaining course surely gave me an educated insight into what I enjoy, and why. Very insightful and a pleasure to view more than once. The presenter is the sort of bloke you'd love to share a pint with, and maybe a pork pie.
Date published: 2022-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Everyday Guide to Beer A pleasant, light, review of all things beer. Regrettably episode 7 was not available; the links to the episode went to episode one rather than 7.
Date published: 2022-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great course I really enjoyed this, I learned a lot and thought that the delivery of the instructor was excellent. It's not tremendously technical but has enough detail to keep it interesting. Other reviews have complained about the amount of Sierra Nevada content. I didn't mind this at all, I think the way to view it is as a 'case study'. The instructor has a relationship with them and as such allows us to see inside the processes of this particular brewery. It seems to me all of that content is generally applicable but it is just being presented in the context of SN.
Date published: 2022-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Course - Enjoyed it! I am trialing these courses and I selected Everyday Guide to Beer as my introductory course. The instructor Bamforth "Pope of Foam" does a very good job of covering beer to the level I was expecting.
Date published: 2022-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a blast to take ! This is a FUN course ! Dr. Bamforth is from England and worked for Bass Brewing Co. He was a professor at UC Davis, and is an advisor to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. You learn the history of beer, ale and mead, how they are made, the different types - styles and more. I used to think I was getting ripped off when I bought a foreign beer, took it home and read the label only to find out it was brewed in the USA. Now I know that the foreign brewer is doing me a favor by having it brewed in the states- take the course and find out why. You think beer is best if from a bottle? WRONG! You better buy it in cans - you'll find out why when you take the course. You will learn why IHG (International Hotel Group = Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza Hotels, ect.) came about because of beer. It's hilarious to find out that in England that Carling Black Label beer was being brewed wrong and tasted bad. When Carling changed the brewing technique to make the beer taste good the sales dropped - people got so used to Carling tasting bad that when it tasted good they didn't to drink it anymore. Now Carling had to find way to brew their beer that tasted terrible but was of high quality! If you like beer or ale, or mead (if you can find it) you have to take this course. It's a BLAST!
Date published: 2022-01-27
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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

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.

By This Professor

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