Hey, it's Billy. I'm the founder of HomebrewAcademy.com and a BJCP beer judge.
It's true: This upcoming Fall 2017 class will be the last time our Beer Tasting Mastery online course is offered.
So if you've wanted to join in the past but just never pulled the trigger, now's the time to enroll. Plus we've got some sweet new things planned for this final round.
Not familiar with the BTM course?
It's an online training specifically designed to develop your beer palate.
Don't worry, you don't need to have a good palate to join. That's actually the point of the class: to train your palate. Beer tasting is a skill you can learn, and it's easier than you might think.
You also don't need to have any prior knowledge about beer. This class is for any beer lover, from the newbie to the expert.
Over 800 homebrewers and craft beer lovers have graduated from Beer Tasting Mastery and their results have been phenomenal. You can hear from them in their own words on the "Our Graduates" tab up above.
Now, let me show you what's included in the Beer Tasting Mastery class.
You and I and the rest of your classmates will taste the same beer together! Here's how it works...
When it's time for the tasting, I'll email you a link to join our private webinar. You don't need to download any software. All you need is a good internet connection. If you can watch YouTube videos on your computer, your connection is good enough.
When you click the link to join the webinar, this is what you'll see:
I'll be live on camera and you'll join everyone else in the chat room.
Then, I'll walk you through that session's beer and we'll all compare notes as a class. It's fun! And having so many beer drinkers describe what they're tasting is extremely useful for honing your skills.
I'll help you pick out the unique flavors and show you where those flavors come from. You'll notice your palate improving after just the first session.
Click on the "Schedule" tab at the top of this page for our live tasting dates.
It's not enough to have a sharp palate. To become a confident beer drinker, you need the knowledge that goes along with it. That's why you get educational presentations each week of class. You can watch these on your own schedule, as time permits.
Learn about classic beer regions what to look for in their beer styles. Plus do a deep dive into how the different ingredients affect a beer's flavor.
If you've ever struggled to find the right word to describe your beer, this feature of the class was designed for you.
Each week, you'll fine tune your palate using fun at-home challenges . In fact, your very first task after joining the course is to perform the the first training exercise. You can do it today, if you want. It will give you a baseline for your tasting abilities. Then, after class, you can go back and see how much you've improved.
Our students have a blast with this part of the program. Many even compete as husband vs. wife to see who has the sharper "spidey senses."
Make sure to choose a fun prize for the winner!
Friendly competition aside, after just a couple sessions you'll notice how much easier it is to pick out flavors. When you combine these three tasting strategies, you drastically shorten the tasting learning curve.
Our tasting challenges give you a fun way to learn the different flavors in beer.
BTM students have been asking for a certification for a long time and it's finally ready! Complete the class and you'll get your very own certificate with your name on it. Check it out!
Our recipe creation course, named Call It Your Own, is the perfect companion to Beer Tasting Mastery. It's packed with training videos, cheat sheets, worksheets, and resources all designed to help you create your very own beer recipes.
When we teach this course it costs $99 to enroll, but it's included for free with the Fall 2017 Beer Tasting Mastery class.
Gordon Strong is arguably the top homebrewer in the world. He is the only three-time winner of the National Homebrew Competition's coveted Ninkasi Award. He's also the highest ranking beer judge in the BJCP and the only Grandmaster Level VII judge.
Gordon and I speak for almost an hour about how to take your homebrew from good to great. As the world's top beer judge, no one knows what separates good homebrew from great homebrew quite like Gordon.
Jeremy Short is a BJCP National ranked beer judge. Jeremy and I actually went through the BJCP exam process together and in this talk, years later, we reflect back on that experience. We talk about what worked and what didn't.
Perfumers are a kinda mysterious.
Not many people know about them, but they have the best noses in the world.
In fact, Joel's nickname is "The Nose."And as you'll hear perfumer Joel Wilson say in this interview, there are people in his industry who can smell lavender oil and tell you what the weather was like the day the lavender was harvested.
Do you think he has some knowledge that could help beer drinkers train their senses? You're right.
I know life gets in the way and you might not be able to join us live for all four live tastings. That's okay! You should still enroll.
If you'd like to take the class, but you have a crazy schedule, I've added two features so you can still get all the benefits.
Lifetime Access to All Recordings -- The beer tasting recordings are immediately posted to your members area. I never take down the recordings or any of the other class material, so you can go through the entire class on your own schedule if you want. There's zero rush.
Encore Tastings for more Flexibility -- If you can't make the Wednesday tasting, you can join the encore tasting the very next day. It will be the exact same experience, so choose whichever session works better for your schedule.
The beers you'll need for this class are 1) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, 2) Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, 3) Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, 4) Chimay Red.
I chose these beers for 3 reasons.
You'll need to buy these beers before class starts. Get two of each beer because one will be used for the Live Tasting, and the other will be used in one of your Tasting Challenges.
The week of September 10th we'll take a break so you can get caught up on the recordings and the Tasting Challenges.
It's also a great opportunity to put your skills to use! Go to your local brewery, order a beer you've had before, and pay attention to how much more you taste.
Congrats! you've completed the training and seriously upped your beer game. You'll get your official certificate showing that you're a trainer beer taster. Now go explore the world of beer with your new skills!
*Remember, if you get behind in class, that's okay because you have lifetime access. you don't need to go at the same pace as everyone else.
"I’ve been homebrewing for almost exactly 25 years, but despite that, I still feel that I’m not really in control of the recipes that I come up with. The guided tastings, and the input from the many other course participants - all in real time - really improved my ability to discern (and therefore choose) different beer flavours and aromas; it has upped my homebrewing game considerably!"
"I signed up for the Beer Tasting Mastery course because I wanted to expand my palate in preparation for the Certified Cicerone test.
The course helped tremendously, the best part being the instant feedback/flavor descriptions from other participants who were tasting the exact same beers as me. Since completing the course my tasting skills and descriptive vocabulary are much better and continue to improve."
"Although I write professionally about beer (and am a Certified Beer Server and a provisional BJCP judge), I feel that my tasting abilities are my weak point. Billy didn’t disappoint.
Through our assignments and classes, I honestly improved my skills!I learned so much and had so much fun that I hosted a blind ingredient tasting for my beer-savvy girlfriends using our class materials."
"I took the Beer Tasting Mastery course for two reasons. One, I wanted to have a more thorough and deeper understanding of the beer I was drinking. Two, I wanted to take that knowledge and use it to help me brew better beer.
BTM was an amazing course, and the fact that I can go back and re-watch the seminars and access all the other course materials again and again is pretty cool. Thanks Billy!"
"Prior to Beer Tasting Mastery, I often found it difficult to accurately describe flavors and aromas.
Thanks to Billy's palate-broadening techniques such as blind sniff tests and tasting similar brews to pick out nuances, I've honed my senses, expanded my vocabulary, and feel confident in my tasting skills in general.
It was both extremely helpful and fun drinking the same beer with Billy and listening to him pick apart every aspect of it. I now find myself eager to write up reviews on Beer Advocate and Untappd!
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to step up their tasting game and expand their beer knowledge!"
"Having taken other courses online in Beer Tasting, this is by far the best I’ve attended. He includes history of the style, includes homework that definitely helps in tasting, and provides information on one of the main ingredients every week.
If you are thinking about taking an online course for Beer Tasting and want to learn more than just Beer Tasting skills, this is the course for you, hands down."
"Going through the Beer Tasting Mastery course that Billy put together really helped me to pick apart the flavors from what im getting and why."
"I had little to no focus on the more subtle flavors. Now I notice even the slightest maltiness in the hoppiest of IPA's."
"Through my participation in the course and the exercises, I have significantly improved by ability to parse beer.
Highly recommended for folks looking to develop their pallet into a homebrewing tool or those simply looking to find a little more enjoyment in that sip."
"Anyone who decides to take this course I really recommend that you take BIlly's exercises to heart as I found these really helped me develop my palate."
"The big benefit of BTM was it got me interested in getting my BJCP certification. I am now studying to that end. You were a great start in my becoming one to delve deeper into beer tasting."
"I found the blind taste and aroma most interesting and mind opening to my senses (or lack of)."
"BTM was great. It elevated my hobby into a passion while giving me a deeper appreciation of fellow homebrewers and those professionals that target our senses with their lovely brews!"
"Thanks to Beer Tasting Mastery, I found I can better appreciate beer and the different tastes among beer styles. I'm looking forward to using this new skill to improve my own beer in the future and to recognise faults."
What flavors shouldn't be in your beer? In this brand new training, I'll walk you through building a DIY off-flavor kit so you can train your palate to recognize the flavors that don't belong in beer. I selected the most common off-flavors that I taste in homebrewing competitions. Now you can detect if your beers contain these off-flavors, so you can fix them.