Want to learn about craft beer and brewing? The Brewers Association thinks you should. To further that end, they’ve created a new online beer course you can take that includes audio commentary in a PowerPoint-like presentation. It’s voiced by such industry legends as Boston Beer’s Jim Koch and Stone’s Greg Koch (no relation). After viewing the one-hour course you’ll be tested, and if you get a 70 or better you can print out a nifty diploma. This isn’t free, however: there’s a $15 registration fee to view the materials and take the test.
Not a bad way to learn about beer if you’re new to the microbrew scene, but for seasoned veterans there’s not much new here. Then too, you could always learn just as much if not more by visiting free beer sites and blogs (might I suggest Bruguru.com or Beers in The Hen House? You might even offer to buy a beer geek a brew, and they’d be happy tell you as much over a pint. Then you could use the remaining ten bucks to try a few decent beers yourself.