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New beverage education classes offered at OSU-Tulsa this spring

The OSU School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Human Sciences is offering a series of Beverage Education Courses on the OSU-Tulsa campus this spring. The weekend classes are open to community members, hobbyists and anyone with an interest in learning about beer, wine, malted beverages, coffee and more.

Current OSU students may enroll and receive credit for completing the courses. Participants for all classes (with the exception of Overview of Coffee) must be age 21 or older.  

The lineup of classes and meeting dates can be found below. For more information, or to enroll in the non-credit courses, visit the OSU School of Hospitality and Tourism Management website.

OSU students should follow the university’s typical enrollment process for credit courses. Course identification numbers are listed below. Questions can be directed to Kim Mathe Cuellar, assistant professor and Director of the Wayne Hirst Beverage Education Center, at kim.mathe@okstate.edu

Spring 2018 Beverage Education Courses at OSU-Tulsa

Beverages in the Hospitality Industry (HRAD 3721 or CRN 30270)

January 27 and February 3 • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tulsa Room, OSU-Tulsa, downtown

This course is an introduction to the world of wine with an overview of production and farming techniques, as well as major red and white grape varietals and the important wine growing regions that produce them. Students will learn how to evaluate, taste and pair wine with food. The class instructor is T.C. Leroy, operating and general manager of Prhyme: Downtown Steakhouse in Tulsa.

Overview of Mixology

February 9 and 10 • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tulsa Room, OSU-Tulsa, downtown

Whether at a local pub, an upscale restaurant or at home, the bar is an essential part of dining, entertaining and hospitality. This course takes an in-depth look at the bar and the many spirits and concoctions that are poured and mixed. Beginning with an overview of spirits produced around the world and continuing with the methodology of making cocktails and pricing them, the class teaches how to craft proper drinks and execute a professional and profitable bar. The course will be taught by Joe Breaux, founder of Bevworks, and Aaron Post, owner of Valkyrie.

Introduction to Beer and Malted Beverages (HRAD 4850 or CRN 30272)

February 23 and 24 • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tulsa Room, OSU-Tulsa, downtown

This course will give enrollees a baseline understanding of malted beverages from an inside perspective, including an overview of the history of beer, the brewing process, styles, beer tasting, beer and food pairing and the industry behind the business of beer. The course will be led by Wes Alexander, director of sales for Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Co.

Overview of Coffee (HRAD 4850 or CRN 70297)

March 30 and 31 • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Topeca Coffee Roastery

Beginning with an introduction to the origin and characteristics of coffee and ending with the myriad of ways we consume it, this course provides an aerial view of coffee’s journey from seed to cup. The class introduces specialty coffee, provides language for sensory analysis and teaches the essential elements of brewing. The course will be led by Topeca Coffee’s harvesting and brewing instructor Tyler Duncan.

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