How would you rate your beer IQ? If you’re still drinking at a grade-school level (but hopefully not actually in grade school), the Better Beer Society is here to help. These beer educators are holding their second Brown Bag Blind Tasting event on Saturday. The theme is “Summer Session: Backyard BBQ Beers.” The crew couldn’t have picked a better place to hold the party -- it'll take place at Butcher & the Boar.
Held in the restaurant’s huge beer garden, the tasting fest aims to showcase beer pairing techniques that can be applied at home. The $45 ticket includes several things. First, it gets you a hand-cured, beer-inspired sausage created by chef Jack Riebel, a side dish and a pint of a special beer. Throughout the day, you’ll also be given 4-oz blind pours (10 total). Riebel has created additional small plates designed for each segment in the blind taste testing (these will be available for purchase). You’ll be encouraged to take notes and guess the beer styles. The person with the most correct answers will receive a prize package (the winner of January’s blind tasting event won free beer for a year).
Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 1121 Hennepin Av., Mpls. $45. 612-238-8888. www.betterbeersociety.com.