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Beer, Spirits & Other Beverages

  • Sat, December 01, 2018
  • Sun, December 16, 2018
  • 4 sessions
  • Sat, December 01, 2018, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sun, December 02, 2018, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sun, December 09, 2018, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sun, December 16, 2018, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • The Old Triangle - 5136 Prince St, Halifax, NS B3J 1L4
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Beverage alcohol culture has become much more diversified. In this section, students will learn about the major white spirits (gin, vodka, eau de vie, grappa, tequila, sake) of the world as well as the major brown spirits (scotch, whiskey, rye, rum, bourbon and brandies).

Students will learn various production methods, differentiation in quality products, how to taste spirits, and the general principles of mixing drinks and cocktails. Students will also learn in depth about the production, and various styles of beer. Matching of beer and food will also be addressed. 

The Beer portion will be led by Lucas Mader and Evan Fougere, both certified Cicerone's and BJCP's.  The beer course serves as the CBS certification as well and can be taken for $225 +tax. 

The dates are as follows;

Dec 1 and 2 from 10-5 (Beer)

December 8  from 10-5 (Spirits)

December 16 from 10- 5 (Beer and Spirits Exam)

The students who just take the beer component will receive a code to write the CBS online and do not have to attend the CAPS student exam on the 16th.

Lucas joined Bishops Cellar in the fall of 2014 after a few years working in draught system management and customer service. He loves trying new wine, beer and spirits from regions around the world to see how styles change from place to place. He says working in this industry is like “history class and sightseeing, all in a glass”. He’ll expertly pour your growler fills and ask all the right questions to help you find the best styles for your taste.

In his free time, Lucas is passionate about music (he plays the drums), cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors- whether it is from the back of his motorcycle or camping in the backwoods. 

Certifications: Lucas is a Certified Cicerone and BJCP Recognized Judge. He has also been studying wine through WSET, recently completing Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wine.

Evan Fougere started working for the NSLC in 2012 while completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New Brunswick, and is currently a Product Specialist at the Wyse Road location. 

He began studying beer, wine and spirits while working at the Port by the NSLC in 2016. He took a further interest in beer pursuing judging and his Cicerone Certification.

In May 2018, Evan passed his Certified Cicerone exam and in October judged his first competition, the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards through the BJCP.

In his free time, you can find him walking his German Shepherd mix all around Halifax or at a local brewery, or beer bar stressing about his fantasy football team.

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