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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Eric Hanson

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this beer tasting class:

Join us for a virtual pub crawl around the globe with a guided tasting of four award-winning, distinct styles of beer. We will discuss brewing history, each style’s influence and impact on craft beer and the innovation and the art of brewing. Have you ever wondered what makes a German beer so “authentic” or a Belgian beer so “unique”? Or what is influencing newer Italian beers? Or what connects South American beers to those in Australia and New Zealand? All over the world, beers are celebrated for their rich history and for the unique characteristics of their homeland. Join us as we explore how these histories and characteristics have established the styles we know and love today.

This hour long class will showcase 4 unique beers, with limited availability, ideally suited for fall sipping. Featured breweries will include Ayinger, Omnipollo, Hitachino and more.

To ensure that you receive your beer in time for class, we kindly ask that you register with the following deadlines in mind:

  • Register up to the day prior to class if you live within 3 miles of Top Hops.
  • Register up to 3 days prior to class if you live outside of the above zone in Manhattan or in the boroughs.
  • Register up to 4 days prior to class if you live outside of NYC. Please note we cannot ship to MA. 

Once you sign up for class, you will receive a shipment of a custom four pack specifically designed for your class. Your instructor, Eric Hanson, will follow up by email the day before your class with your virtual link and tasting notes. Then, simply use the provided link when class begins and follow along with Eric as he guides you through our tasty selection from the comfort of home.

Eric will allow several minutes for everyone to join the class, navigate any technical issues and introduce himself. The tasting class will last for approximately 45 minutes with time at the end of the tasting for discussion and Q&A. You can use the "chat" section of Zoom to ask questions, submit questions ahead of time to [email protected] or submit questions after class via email.

Note that we require a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 20 devices.

Class Cancellations:

We understand that schedules change. For that reason, our cancellation policy is as follows: A refund will be issued in the original form of payment for all cancellations over 48 hours in advance. Unfortunately, no refund will be issued for cancellations within 48 hours. No credit/exchange is possible.

Top Hops reserves the right to cancel any and all classes due to scheduling conflict, illness or poor attendance. Attendees of cancelled classes will be given a full refund and at least 24 hours notice whenever possible.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: We ship within NY state and a handful of other states. Please contact us for any exceptions at [email protected]

Virtual Class FAQ:

What will be included in my Virtual Class package?

One ticket includes an access link to your online class, tasting notes as well as a custom 4 pack of beers curated specifically for your class and shipped to your home. You must be 21+ to accept the delivery. 

*NOTE: No beer shipment for Fridge class.

The class, hosted by Zoom, will last for an hour and will feature our very live Top Hops expert instructor, Eric Hanson, who will walk you through your tasting as described above. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as participate from home.

What are the basic format rules?
Everyone will be muted to eliminate background noise. Guests will be unmuted should they want to ask a question during the class.

How many people are allowed to participate with the purchase of one ticket?

Each ticket is good for one "device" (i.e. one computer, phone, tablet, etc. you'll be logging in from). This ensures we don't get more people in the class than the instructor can handle. Having said this, we understand that a couple or two friends may login on one device. This is ok with us. However, any more than 2 people can become problematic. We ask that you simply be respectful and act in good faith.

Am I able to ask questions or interact with the class?
Yes, you'll both be able to ask questions using the chat function in Zoom, as well as at the close of class. If the class winds up being on the smaller side, more spontaneous interaction/questions will be encouraged. 

Do I have to show my video or speak during class?

While we recommend you do show your video and speak when encouraged to by the instructor, video and audio participation are never mandatory. We find classes have more fun experiences when people are engaging with one another, but understand not everyone will want to do so and that's ok!

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no “prerequisites” for any class at any level. Though classes may assume a foundation of beer knowledge, we promise to never “talk down” to any student. Asking questions is a founding principle of Top Hops and so is making beer fun and accessible to everyone.

When do I receive class details? Webinar link to watch?
Our virtual public classes are hosted on Zoom. The Zoom password will be emailed the day before class. Please ensure you download Zoom ahead of class so you don’t run into connection issues day of!

This email will also include tasting notes for your selected beers. *IF YOU ARE NOT SEEING THESE EMAILS, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. It may have been rerouted. Emails will come from your instructor, [email protected]

Will the class be recorded?

Yes! We record all of our public classes and send them to all attendees following the live session. This is for anyone who had a later delivery, couldn’t make the live session, or simply want to review information from class.

What if this is a gift?
A wonderful idea for a gift! Please ensure the ‘attendee’ information is filled out with shipping details and email address of who is receiving the gift, not the purchaser. The attendees information is what is pulled for shipping details and class emails from instructors.

Will I need anything from home to use in the class?
First, you’ll need a reliable internet connection! You can access the stream via smartphone, tablet, or a computer. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
We require advance notice if you wish to cancel your enrollment. If you cancel 48 hours prior to the class, you are eligible for provider credit, unless that class is fully booked - in which case credit is forfeited. Should another student become available to take your spot, provider credit will be reinstated. Any time after that, payment is forfeited. 
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Virtual Tasting: Beers Around the Virtual World
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/2/2020
Eric’s Virtual Beers Around the World class was awesome. For starters, he picked an awesome variety of beers. I drink a lot of beer, visit a lot of breweries and beer shops, but it was great to be (re-)introduced to some styles that are easy to forget and appreciate when you lean towards IPAs and there are so many to try these days. The beers were great and he also had good reason to choose each, so the background story on each was informative. And of course, he found a way to fit my juicy IPA preferences into the mix. Judging by my girlfriend’s experience, the class is great for the non-beer enthusiast as well. Looking forward to doing another class tailored to other beer interests with Eric and some friends who are into beer.

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