Local Beer Series: Winter – Bundle up and enjoy strong and dark beers perfect for snowy weather
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong time for a cold beer! Continuing our Seasonal Local Beer Series, Winter Beer is a class for those who love the deep, rich flavors that compliment the season. Whether it’s an ale to match the spirit of the numerous winter holidays, or a crisp lager to refresh you from winter sports excursion, there’s something for everyone. Special attention will be paid to the flavors of the season, showcasing beers that compliment the sweeter, more robust comfort food that helps us get through icy weather.
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.
Please note: All cancellations require 48 hours notice. Food and wine are purchased and prepared in advance and cannot be re-purposed.