Beer School

About Beer School

Greg Browne hosted the first Map Room Beer School during a February blizzard over 20 years ago. He blew our minds. Thinking we were sitting down to a simple beer tasting, Greg astonished our small group by revealing beer’s depth and complexity, its roots in cultural traditions, and the stunning variety of flavors and characteristics that different malts, yeast, hops, and water could contribute to a beer’s profile.

Greg continued to teach for over 20 years. Last Winter, Greg decided to step aside as our venerable host. He’s busy as brewmaster at Mickey Finn’s (Libertyville, IL) and with many other projects. We miss him and hope to have him make a guest appearance from time to time!!!

Next Beer School we celebrate Oktoberfest! Your host will be Rob Hunter of Hofbräuhaus Chicago – Saturday, September 22 2018, 4 p.m. – same day Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich!.

Tickets are available at the bar or E-mail Laura ( to purchase over the phone before Beer School. $25/person, limit 2/person. We are now accepting both cash and credit cards.

Beer Schools start promptly at 4 p.m. Late arrivals will not be allowed to catch up on beers they’ve missed. Please, listen to the teacher when he or she is speaking. There will be plenty of time for socializing between beers.

Next beer school: Saturday, September 22, 4 p.m.

Oktoberfest! hosted by Rob Hunter of Hofbräuhaus Chicago. Rob knows a thing or two about Oktoberfest!!