Flying Dog University

Higher Beer Education

Craft beer is a movement of equal parts tradition and innovation. And the movement isn’t slowing down, making a commitment to ongoing education paramount for anyone with a true respect and appreciation for the craft. 

Enter Flying Dog University: A first-of-its-kind beer education program at Flying Dog Brewery.

 

 

Featured Course

Cooking for Beer Brunch:

We’re taking our classic Cooking with Beer class and focusing on brunch to take your next Sunday Funday to the next level. Held at The Kitchen Studio Cooking School, students will learn the dynamics of cooking with a variety of beer styles. The class includes dishes made with and then paired with beer and will conclude with a family-style brunch. 

The menu will include Brioche Doughnut Holes with Gonzo Caramel Dipping Sauce, Doggie Style Pale Ale Shrimp & Grits, and Eggs Sardou with The Truth Hollandaise and Roasted Potatoes.

Core Curriculum

Want to get back to basics? Begin your journey with a three-week exploration of how beer is made, how we experience beer and how beer interacts with food. Flying Dog University’s core curriculum classes are held in our brewery classroom: 

  • Beer 101: The Foundation of Beer – (Check back for Spring 2017 classes) – A rigorous exploration of the history of beer, the brewing process and the four ingredients in beer. 
  • Beer 201: Essentials of the Craft Beer Revolution – Saturday, March 11 (Sold Out) – An in-depth look at how advanced brewing processes, like dry hopping and using unique ingredients, affect the end beer.
  • Beer 301: Sensory Overload – Saturday, April 1 – A breakdown of how beer interacts with food by comparing beer and wine and reviewing tips on pairing beer with food, storing and aging beer and cooking with beer.  
  • Beer 401: The Science of Beer – Saturday, April 29 (Sold Out) – An investigation into the fundamental impact of pH and water, bittering and what chemically is causing specific flavors from the hops and other ingredients.

Depending on your skill level, you can register for all or pick and choose. 

Electives

The Making of a Hot Box – Wednesday, March 1

The Flying Dog Heat Series was a groundbreaking exploration of brewing with hot peppers, and it returns this year with the Hot Box variety pack of four brand-new Heat Series releases. Learn from brewmaster Ben Clark about the development of Cherry Bomb Gose, Shishito Rice Ale, Chocolate Habanero Stout and Experimental Pepper IPA and try each beer weeks before its release. The class concludes with a guided food pairing with each of the four beers and includes a Hot Box 12-pack for each student.

Cooking for Beer Brunch:

We’re taking our classic Cooking with Beer class and focusing on brunch to take your next Sunday Funday to the next level. Held at The Kitchen Studio Cooking School, students will learn the dynamics of cooking with a variety of beer styles. The class includes dishes made with and then paired with beer and will conclude with a family-style brunch. 

The menu will include Brioche Doughnut Holes with Gonzo Caramel Dipping Sauce, Doggie Style Pale Ale Shrimp & Grits, and Eggs Sardou with The Truth Hollandaise and Roasted Potatoes.

Cooking with Beer:

Drinking a beer while cooking an omelet, while technically is cooking with a beer, we are going to talk about Beer as an ingredient. It took the understanding of a professional classically trained chef and the knowledge of a brewer to come together and offer the best cooking with beer class in the nation. We’ll bring the beer. Cooking a 5-course dinner. You are taking home the recipes so you can do it all over again. Tasting the beer as a standalone ingredient. You also get a ton of cooking tips from a pro in a safe space. No question is too stupid.

Beer and Charcuterie – Friday, March 3

World-class beer paired with artisan charcuterie is a classic combination that new meat lovers can’t resist. Flying Dog University is featuring the experts from Meatcrafters for a class that will teach how some of the best salamis and sausages are made and draw parallels to the brewing process. The class will conclude with a guided beer and cured meat pairing.

Beer and Cheese – Friday, April 14

Sharon G. Crisafulli, owner of Crisafulli’s cheese shop, has teamed up with Flying Dog University to create a one of a kind course that will raise both your cheese and beer IQ by bringing the parallels of beer and cheese-making to light and showing you how to create better beer and cheese pairings.

This class will cover how cheese was discovered and how it evolved with civilization, cheese making and aging techniques, tips on how to shop for and store cheese, a demo of how to build a cheese plate with the tools of the trade, and more. Leave the cheese cutting to us and sign up today.

Beer Geek Tours

Geek out on an in-depth look at the brewing process, fermentation, yeast management, quality control and packaging that will end with a tasting of new releases, pilot batches and vintage beers. 

Beer Geek Tours are held on the first Sunday of every month at 11:30 am and 3 pm, and are by reservation only. Upcoming dates include:

A prerequisite to this tour is a standard tour of Flying Dog Brewery or general knowledge of the brewing process. (Head over here to make a reservation for our public brewery tour.)

The finest print: Each Flying Dog University course ends with a tasting of Flying Dog beers. All attendees must be 21 or older. All sales are final and classes are non-transferrable or refundable.