Class is in session at Bristol Brewery

Winter break is over, and it's time to get back to school: beer school.

Bristol Brewing Company's 2009 course catalogue is out, and although the first class -- Beer 101, taught by company founder Mike Bristol - already took place, there's still time to catch up and make the grade. Beer 120, The Etiquette of Beer convenes on Thursday, January 15, at the Colorado Springs brewery's "campus," 1647 South Tejon.

"This discussion will cover the proper etiquette and techniques of tasting, pouring, serving and reviewing beer," according to the course catalogue. Taught by Bristol microbiologist Ken Andrews nand Laura Long, the two-hour class starts at 6 p.m. Tuition is $25 and the recommended reading is the Beer Journal (available at the brewery).

Future classes include: Beer 130, Intro to Homebrewing, on January 22; Styles 206, Lagers, on January 29; Styles 205, Stouts and Porters, on February 19; and Beer 140, History of Beer, Ancient Styles, on March 12.

Take six or more classes and graduate with a diploma and a Bristol Beer School T-shirt reserved only for alums. Sign up quickly because space is limited. For directions and more information, call 719-633-2555 or log onto www.bristolbrewing.com.

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