Founded 15 years ago, the opening of the Meantime brewery was the biggest injection of funding for London breweries for 80 years. It’s all down to founder Alistair Hook, a master brewer who, having studied at the world-famous brew school Weihenstephan, was determined to bring modern brewing back to the UK and reignite London’s brewing history. Well, they’ve certainly done that. Meantime kick-started the surge of craft breweries opening in London and further afield, and they are now stocked in hundreds of venues across the capital and own four venues.
As well as making fantastic beer, Meantime is dedicated to educating people about the history of beer in this country and the process of brewing. That’s why they’ve launched The Knowledge, a series of public masterclasses devised to give you an insight into not only how Meantime makes beer, but the way beer is made all over the world, and the different styles that result. Much like other areas of the drinks industry, the beer world can seem intimidating, but the way Meantime teach – in the brew house overlooking the mash tuns – is informal and accessible to everyone, no matter what level your knowledge is.
The most comprehensive course is the Beer Masterclass, a one-day course that covers everything from ingredients and in-depth brewing process right through to world beer styles and how to taste and identify flavours and faults in beer, with a brewery tour and lunch thrown in. Classes are no bigger than 12, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get stuck in.
If you’re not ready to delve into quite that much detail, Meantime is also offering four different evening sessions or ‘mini courses’. Try Beer Appreciation (how to taste beer, identify different styles and potential faults, and how beer is made); The History of Brewing (from Medieval times right through to modern craft brewing); and Beer and Cheese Matching – two of our favourite things!
We predict that classes are going to fill up quick, so head to Meantime to book your place. The one-day masterclass cost £90pp, mini courses start from £30.
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