Better Beer Society celebrates launch with 2 events

The Better Beer Society (BBS) came roaring out of the chutes last month with announcements and articles heralding its arrival on the Twin Cities beer scene. The project of Robin Shellman, a certified cicerone and regional representative of the Tallgrass Brewing Company, the BBS aims to improve the quality of beer service in the metro through staff training and restaurant certification. Area eateries and watering holes can prove their beer savvy with basic, silver, or gold certification based on inspections by trained BBS certified cicerones. The new organization will also be offering representation to small breweries that do not have distribution agreements with a local distributor.

To celebrate the launch of the Better Beer Society, Shellman has some interesting events planned in the next few weeks.

Brown Bag Blind Tasting Event #1 January 7, 2012, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stub & Herbs in Minneapolis Cost $25, includes a light brunch and 13 3-ounce samples. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets The theme for this first event will be showcasing the main ingredients of beer: water, malt, yeast, and hops. It will begin with a beer brunch at 11 a.m., which will be paired with a few selected (sample size) beers chosen to complement the food. Four seminars will follow, with 27 special taps. Guests will be given notepads to encourage note-taking and mark down what they think each beer is. The beers will be revealed at the end of the session, with a prize to the winner with the most correct answers.

The Love of Beer Screening January 11, 5 p.m. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theatre in Minneapolis Cost $10 Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets The feature-length documentary The Love of Beer, from Portland, Oregon, celebrates women in the beer industry. This Twin Cities premiere will include food and beers and a discussion of how women in Minnesota can get more involved in beer brewing. A networking hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by guest speakers, with the movie screening at 7 p.m.

Cheers, Michael Agnew Certified Cicerone A Perfect Pint

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