The world of beer is vast, and you’re ready to explore it – and no pandemic is going to stand in your way. We’ve rounded up a bevy of virtual tastings, classes and seminars that will transform you from beer enthusiast to hops connoisseur this autumn.

Beer And Cheese, Please

Murray’s Virtual Tastings
Various Dates Throughout The Autumn Season
(US Shipping Only)

While wine and cheese form the classic pairing, the cheese connoisseurs of famous NYC cheesemonger Murray’s will show you that a good brew and a well-made fromage can also be a match made in heaven. In their virtual beer and cheese pairing sessions, they run you through six beer-friendly cheeses and provide suggestions for three suggested beer styles (not included in the ticket price).

Going To Memphis

Virtual Memphis Beer Festival
3 October
(Shipping To Shelby County, Tennessee – Virtual Event-Only Tickets Available)

Gather around the virtual tap for a beer fest unlike any you’ve ever experienced. The Virtual Memphis Beer Festival, hosted by Kevin Cerrito, promises live guided tastings, Q&As with brewers and trivia games, along with live music and entertainment by local artists. As a bonus, participants will have the chance to help a panel name the next Memphis beer. The beers can be picked up or delivered in Shelby County, but a livestream-only ticket gives you access to all the fun, wherever you are. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Memphis Food Industry Emergency Worker Assistance.


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Holy Cow!

Cow Valley Online Beer Festival
3-4 October

While the deadline for the full festival package (including 12 craft beers) has passed, viewers from around the world can tune in to the Cow Valley Online Beer Festival, live streamed from a working farm in the heart of Derbyshire. Expect beer tastings and talks with the brewers, virtual tours of breweries, and live music from a festival stage. Beer lovers can safely mingle in the virtual bars, where you can hang out and join a pub quiz. The streams can be rewatched for six months.

Women Heart Beer

The Beer Maven Series
6 October
(Shipping To Bozeman, Montana Area, Virtual Event-Only Tickets Available)

Despite what most beer advertising would have you think, it’s not just men who drink and enjoy beer. The Beer Maven Series by Fermentana is meant to create a safe, open, welcoming and encouraging environment for women (and those who identify as women) to learn more about different types of beer. The classes are all exclusively led by women, and include 60 minutes of beer education, a 30-minute Q&A segment, and a tasting session. On 6 October, the class explores the world of lagers, which come in all colours; the list of beers is shared beforehand, so you can build your own tasting list using local craft beers.

Oktoberfest Online

Oktoberfest Virtual Beer Festival
10 October
(Shipping To California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona)

While Oktoberfest in Munich usually ends on the first Sunday in October, spin-offs around the world keep the festivities alive throughout the month. This year, the German folk festival was cancelled due to the pandemic, but online, there are plenty of ways to get a bit of that ‘Wiesn’ feeling. Rock Star Beer Festivals, organisers of ‘high energy craft beer and music festivals’ will host a live Oktoberfest stream on 10 October, complete with 10 craft beers, a soft pretzel and an Oktoberfest 2020 beer stein. The Beer Maid and MC, as well as other guests, will explore the world of Oktoberfest and its history – and there’s German oompah music to top it all off.

What’s Brewing In Your Kitchen?

Live Homebrew Experience
Multiple Dates Each Week

Thinking of trying your hand at brewing your own beer? Start with the Live Homebrew Experience of City Brew Tours. A company usually offering beer experiences in the best beer cities throughout North America, it now offers online classes blending history, humour, beer knowledge and great food. Homebrewers-in-training can order a brewing set directly shipped to your front door (US-only) and hop on a Zoom call to follow along with the brewing experts to make 2.5 gallons of beer in their own kitchens.

All-American Suds

Great American Beer Festival
16-17 October

While previously you needed to hop on a plane to attend the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the US’s preeminent beer event and world’s largest beer competition, this year it can be fully experienced from your own home. A ticket is a ‘passport’ that gives you access to participating breweries across the country (including sweet deals). The virtual festival will provide the chance to brush up your beer knowledge, listen to sudsy stories from craft beer all-stars, and learn the ins and outs of beer and food pairings from experts. Participants can download tasting tip sheets to make notes and to prepare viewing sips and snacks ahead of the event.

The Science Of Suds

16 October
(Shipping Within Spain)

Experience beer in a whole new light with a beer tasting focused on scientific principles. While you’re sampling tasty craft beers, Dr Óscar Huertas, a doctor in microbiology and molecular biology – and expert taster – will talk about the biochemistry of beer, as well as fermentation and brewing. The package includes 3 craft beers and suggestions for food pairings.

Beer In 3D

4 Seasons Festival
22-25 October 

Mexico is not cancelling its annual beer festival in light of current events, but instead is taking it virtual. The Festival 4 Estaciones is Mexico’s first interactive VR experience where users can attend a 3D beer festival from their own home. After purchasing a pair of 3D glasses, users download the event app for free, plug their phones into the glasses and are automatically –and virtually- transported to a cellar with different craft beer stands, and with access to seminars, brand history, tastings and an option to order craft beers to become fully immersed in the festival experience.

The Canadian Craft

Ontario Craft Brewers Conference
27-29 October

Real craft beer aficionados can rejoice in the diverse line-up of speakers at the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference & Supplier Marketplace 2020. The trade conference will be kicked off by the founding father of the US craft beer scene, Charlie Papazian, former president of the Brewers Association. Other speakers include Graci Harkema, who specialises in equity and inclusive leadership training within the craft beverage industry, and Ted Mallett, who will speak about the economic outlook of the year ahead. And just like an in-person trade conference, there will be plenty of craft beer booths to visit. $10 from every ticket sale goes to support the Canadian Craft Brewers Association and their collective efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse craft beer community.

The Story Behind The Brew

Beer History Course
28 October – 2 December

Brought to you by three professors and expert home brewers – two Chileans and one German – this 5-week course explains the age-old timeline of beer, from its origin in Mesopotamia all the way to its place in modern society, looking at the milestones that impacted the brewing industry, and the main Lagers and Ales styles that emerged from Germany, Belgium, UK and USA. The programme also offers tastings to learn how to sensorially distinguish between the main styles of ales and lagers within their historical context, so next time you’re at a bar, you’ll know what beer to choose – and how it came to be what it is today.

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