Cooking, Beer & Wine Appreciation
This course is designed for beer lovers who have already joined in the craft beer revolution or are just hop curious and want to know exactly why beers taste the way they do.
Learn about all the new ingredients and flavors and become a more knowledgeable beer drinker. What’s that weird off-taste? You will understand the importance of beer chemistry, brewing techniques, beer styles, and quality. Craft beers are extremely popular, outselling big corporate beers in most markets. Learn how to judge beers like the pros. Cheese and some appetizers will accompany the beers to determine best pairings.
Some history of Maryland beers will be presented along with a more in-depth discussion of the beers we will be sampling.
Participants must be 21 or older. IDs will be checked. Please bring a glass (not plastic), a bottle of water, crackers, and paper towels.
Instructor: Nick Nichols
Do you enjoy wine but don’t feel confident in your knowledge of the subject?
Join this class and overcome your insecurities. Discuss wine production, different types of wines, wine terminology, and other useful information. Examine different aromas and decipher wine labels to determine how various wines will taste. Discover varieties of California wines, as well as regional wines from France, Italy, and Germany. The class includes comprehensive tasting.
Participants must be 21 or older. Do not wear perfume or cologne.
Bring four glasses (not plastic), bottled water, salt-free crackers and napkins to class.
Minimum of six students required.
Join Judge’s Bench owner and scotch expert Mike Johnson for two evenings of education and tastings.
Learn about the history, distilling, and taste characteristics of single malts as well as the production regions and geography of Scotland. Discuss individual distilleries and understand the influence of location versus process and their effect on the taste of liquid gold.
Participants must be 21 or older and present an ID.
Meet at the Judge’s Bench, home of the largest collection of single malts in Maryland, located in historic Ellicott City.