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Summer Beer



Summer Beer
Tasting Class
Downtown, 07:15

Summer Sippers: Refreshing Beer and Food Pairings for Hot Weather 

Many of us dream of a thirst-quenching cold beer during hot weather, but all too often that beer is too light and flavorless to pair with food.  In this Summer-special class, we’ll examine pairing artisanal cheeses and foods with refreshing beers for unique combinations inspired by cuisines from around the world.  Don’t let your next Summer BBQ be the same old burgers and hot dogs; let the world of craft beer and cheese turn your event into a new kind of refreshment!

Please note: All cancellations require 48 hours notice. Food and wine are purchased and prepared in advance and cannot be re-purposed.
Meet your instructor – Rio Connelly
Rio Connelly is a professional brewer with over a decade of experience in the Utah Craft Beer scene. Having originally discovered a passion for brewing during college in Washington state, Rio has been experimenting with new styles, creating menus and writing about craft beverages at SLUG Magazine since his return to Salt Lake City in 2008. Helping to open Epic Brewing in 2010 and then starting the Avenues Proper restaurant and pub in 2013 were foundational learning experiences. With his business partners, Rio oversaw the expansion of the Proper brand to four locations including three restaurants, two bars, and two breweries. He is a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server, a Recognized BJCP judge, and has attended classes at the Siebel Institute of Tehcnology, America’s oldest brewing school. “Watching Utah’s craft beer scene expand and grow has been a real pleasure for me,” Rio says, “the last few years have seen beer in our state only get more diverse and interesting.” In 2019, Rio departed from Proper to start Faultline Beverage, a consulting firm focused on helping startups realize their vision, and working with with brewers and other producers passionate about their product.


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