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click to enlarge Carol Rice (fifth from right in the back) with the 2013-2014 Beer Appreciation Class.

Photo courtesy Carol Rice

Carol Rice (fifth from right in the back) with the 2013-2014 Beer Appreciation Class.

Carol Rice started teaching the Crescent City Homebrewers' (www.crescentcityhomebrewers.org) Beer Appreciation Class in 2007 because she had so many questions about beer that she wanted answered. She took the class in 1999, and the Beer Judge Certification Program-certified beer enthusiast says, "I found out early on that the best way to learn about something is to teach it."

  The class meets every month for a year and is a forum for making, tasting, evaluating and enjoying beer. While the class is of particular interest to home brewers — and is subsidized by the Crescent City Homebrewers (CCH) club — Rice says it is for anyone interested in beer.

  Over the course of the year, Rice guides the class through tastings of more than 120 beers, discerning their components and reviewing the history of brewing and the characteristics of various styles. "Researching the history aspects has been a blast," Rice says. "There are many myths out there ripe for busting."

  Many people take the class multiple times.

  The next class starts Jan. 17, 2015 at Deutches Haus (1023 Ridgewood St., Metairie, 504-522-8014; www.deutscheshaus.org), with an overview of the class, discussion of the effects alcohol has on the body and early European beer history. The class ends in December with a graduation in which participants bring their favorite beer to present to the class. A syllabus is available on the CCH website. For CCH members, the class costs $120. For non-members, the fee is $150 and includes a year's membership. Anyone can sit in on individual classes for $20.

  For information, email Carol Rice at dogearbrewing@hotmail.com.

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