The Educated Sip
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The Educated Sip

Matriculation has never been easier than at the school of drinks. Whether your subject is cocktails, wine, or beer, these local libation classes have homework you'll actually enjoy.

The Educated Sip Matriculation has never been easier than at the school of drinks. Whether your subject is cocktails, wine, or beer, these local libation classes have homework you’ll actually enjoy.

Spoon & Stable

Robb Jones is one of the best drinksmen in the city, and his classes regularly sell out. His biweekly Saturday cocktail classes range from discussing the historical influence of the old-fashioned to exploring the spirits of Mexico. $125 per person, exploretock.com/spoonandstable

Tattersall Distilling Cocktail Academy

For these hands-on classes, participants sample award-winning spirits from Tattersall Distilling. Each two-hour session focuses on four seasonal cocktails, plus theories and techniques of mixing, and includes snacks from Surdyk’s Cheese Shop. $60 per person, eventbrite.com (search Tattersall Cocktail Academy)

Ace Spirits

This unassuming liquor store in the west metro is where to find all the best whiskey nerds. Owner Louis Dachis regularly holds events and classes. Fall options include Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Laphroaig, and Pappy Van Winkle events. $5-$100 per person, acespirits.com

Twin Cities Wine

These guys have classes for all levels of wine drinkers. Novices might try Ultimate Intro to Wine: Winespeak so they can talk the talk at their next business dinner. The intermediate drinker might want to brush up on the Foundations of Wine to become more of an expert in acidity or terroir. And the expert will find new ways to explore the wines of Georgia or Burgundy with fresh insight. $35-$90 per person, twincitieswine.com

A Perfect Pint

Everyone knows beer, but no one knows beer quite like Michael Agnew. As a certified cicerone (like a sommelier for beer), he’s pretty much a professor of suds. And he doesn’t mind a bit of homeschooling, which is why bringing him to your event to conduct a private tasting class or a beer dinner pairing is one of the smartest things you can do. Prices based on size of event, aperfectpint.net. —Stephanie March

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