Hops are flowers that add bitterness, flavor, aroma, and balance to beer. Just like wine grapes, hops are harvested once a year, and they taste different depending on the variety, where they're grown, and what the growing conditions were like. Join Master Cicerone Rich Higgins for a tasting workshop on the geography, flavor, and biology of hops from the perspectives of farmer, brewer, and chef. Smell hop varieties from different continents, navigate the history of Gruits and IPAs, learn about the good (and occasionally bad!) flavors that hops can offer a beer, and taste six beers that showcase the best that hops have to offer! Hops are so much more than just bitterness!
Rich Higgins is one of seven Master Cicerones in the world. He curates the beer programs at San Francisco restaurants like Lolinda, Delarosa, and Starbelly, and has orchestrated beer events in San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, Denver, Columbus, and Indianapolis. In addition to working with restaurant, brewery, and distributor clients, he teaches beer and food education classes and Cicerone training courses, curates the Beer of the Month Club at Plumpjack Wines, runs corporate team-building seminars, and develops private events. Now a full-time Beer Consultant, he spent eight years as a professional brewer and brewmaster, in addition to three years as the President of the San Francisco Brewers Guild and three years as the Event Director of SF Beer Week. Contact him at www.richhiggins.com.