This course is presented by The Brewer's Apprentice and instructed by Alberta Beer Festival's head judge, David Nuttall.

Each class will cover a different topic, such as history of beer styles, how beer is made and beer's many ingredients.

We will study beer’s characteristics and components, what makes a good beer and even learn how to judge a beer. You’ll learn about beer packaging, glassware and home brewing. Lastly, we will look at some food and beer pairings and talk about cooking with beer.

Approximately a dozen 100ml beers will be sampled each class, so you’ll see and taste the difference between the different beer styles. The final class will be a “field trip” to one of Calgary’s breweries, where the “students” can see how beer is made first hand. Note: there will be NO final exam!

In addition to learning about the world’s most popular beverage in an educational, yet fun “classroom”, you will:

  • Receive your own tasting class

  • Be eligible to win some beer swag

  • Try some surprise beers

  • Get a free Brewer's Apprentice growler and 10% off your first fill

View the complete course outline

So register for Calgary’s most comprehensive beer learning experience today, before all the spots fill up! If demand dictates, another session each month will be added. If registration is full, please place yourself on the waiting list here and you will be notified, should there be another class.


  • You must be 18 years or older to register for Brew Ed

  • Brew Ed is not affiliated with the Cicerone Certification Program or the Beer Judge Certification Program


  • Private groups of five or more people can be arranged. Contact for details.

  • Registrations can be purchased as a gift. Inquire at