Grab your lederhosen and dust off your steinzeugkrug as the DC School of Beer takes a trip to the biergartens of Deutschland—well, not a literal trip.

Two German beer classes, one tomorrow and one next Tuesday, November 8th will examine the large range of styles coming out of Germany, from the ales of Dusseldorf and Cologne to the lagers of Einbeck and Munich, not to mention the famous wheat beers of Bavaria.

The classes will explore the history and brewing traditions of various German cities and regions as well as discuss the controversial, and now defunct, Reinheitsgebot—the German Beer Purity Law. Each class will sample seven traditional German styles of beer.

Here are the beer lists; scroll below for info on how to win tickets!

German Beer Class 1 (Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Franconia, Berlin, and Einbeck) Buy tickets here!


1. Kolsch (Cologne)
a. Gaffel Kolsch

2. Dortmunder Export (Dortmund)
a. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager

3. Dusseldorf Altbier (Dusseldorf)
a. Long Trail Ale

4. Schwarzbier (southern Thuringen and northern Franconia)
a. Kostritzer Schwarzbier

5. Traditional Bock or Maibock (Einbeck, then Munich)
a. Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

6. Doppelbock (Einbeck, then Munich)
a. Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock

7. Berliner Weisse (Berlin)
a. Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

German Beer Class 2 (Munich, Bamberg, and Bavaria) Buy tickets here!

1. Helles (Munich)
a. Weihenstephan Original Lager

2. Dunkel (Munich)
a. Hofbrau Dunkel

3. Pilsner (adapted from Czech Pilsner)
a. Bitburger Pilsner

4. Oktoberfest/Marzen/Maerzen (Bavaria)
a. TBD

5. Weizen (Bavaria)
a. Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier

6. Dunkelweizen (Bavaria)
a. Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier Dunkel [Dark]


7. Weizenbock (Bavaria)
a. Schneider Aventinus

8. Rauchbier (Bamberg)
a. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen

If you would like a pair of tickets to these classes,  leave a comment about what the first German beer you can remember having was. Also post if you have a preference about which set of tickets you’d prefer to get. Pretty easy. We’ll pick winners later tonight (make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment so we can contact you).