Introduction to Beer History and Professional Evaluation Techniques

Introduction to Beer History and Professional Evaluation Techniques

In this first course you will explore the history of beer and beer styles and how they have influenced cultures around the world. We will then explore how brewers and competition judges today evaluate beer for style appropriateness and both desired and undesired flavors and how you can practice sensory training at home. Modules covered in this course:  

  • A brief history of beer
  • An overview of beer styles & cask beer
  • Professional evaluation methods
  • Spotting off flavors and their causes
  • Supplemental reading, videos, and discussions

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Instructor Bios


Introduction to Beer History and Professional Evaluation Techniques

  • Cheryl Parker

    Cheryl Parker

    Cheryl Parker is the manager for the UNH Brewery and instructor for undergraduate and certificate courses in brewing. After her degree from UNH she worked as a technician and laboratory manager for remote research stations around the world before getting trained in brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has previously worked as a brewer for Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, NH and interned at Lake Effect Brewery in Chicago. She brings a unique mix of science, management, brewing, and technical skills to the UNH Brewing program.  

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