May 27, 2014
My first book, Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More, is now widely available both in hard copy and e-book format!
You can also find links to online retailers that carry my book in The Book section of my website as well as a link through which you can find an independent bookstore in your area that carries it.
About the book:
If you’ve ever experienced the pleasure of a pint, Beerology is the ultimate guide to exploring, understanding and enjoying the world of beer.
THERE IS a beer for every mood, food and occasion. And, with the growing number of beer festivals popping up worldwide, beer is finally getting the attention and appreciation it deserves. For the average beer lover, the overwhelming choices, brewing styles and traditions can be confusing to say the least. Enter beer specialist Mirella Amato – one of only seven Certified Master Cicerones (beer sommeliers) in the world. With an advanced brewing certificate behind her, readers will be in expert hands as they navigate the multifaceted world of beer, guided by Amato’s refreshingly accessible style.
Broken down into fun, easy-to-read chapters, Beerology starts with an introduction to beer and tips on storage and cellaring, then leads into a guide on tasting. Amato presents beer styles in four groups—Refreshing, Mellow, Striking, and Captivating—covering everything from the history and origins of specific brews, to brands that exemplify each type. She then gives tips on hosting beer-tasting parties at home, complete with beer games, and includes a chapter dedicated to beer cocktails (who’s in for a delicious cucumber Pils?). Her original take on pairing beer with food—including chocolate and cheese—is perfect for anyone with an inquisitive mind and an epicurean streak.
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Hart House, Toronto
July 28, 2016
On Thursday, July 28, Hart House presents the ultimate summer event.
The Hart House Craft Beer Festival is every Toronto beer lover’s chance to join a curated selection of the finest Canadian craft breweries as they showcase their newest and most-loved brews.
Your ticket includes entry to the open-air Hart House Quad, 8 beer sample tickets, a take-home sampling glass, and access to the full-patio barbecue prepared by Chef Marco Tucci where the only limit is your appetite.
Hart House welcomes back Canada’s only Master Cicerone® and author Mirella Amato for another session of ExBEERiential Learning, a one-hour beer tasting workshop that will guide you through the craft beer tasting experience. This year’s workshop theme is Women & Beer.
When: Thurs., July 28, 2016 at 7 pm / ExBEERiential Learning at 5:30 pm
Where: Festival: Hart House Quad, ExBEERiential Learning: East Common Room
November 11, 2016
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Have you ever had a pint that just didn’t taste right & wondered why it tasted that way?…
Beerology Sensory Evaluation Workshops are an interactive way to learn about the most common off-flavours that can occur in beer and where they come from: These Workshops are a great way to strenghen troubleshooting skills.
They are ideal for:
Really what I wanted. A great start in higher beer learning -Participant
A laid back approach to understanding beer on a deeper level. A great class for bartenders and beer reps alike. Challenging to the taste buds and informative to those who want to know how beer goes wrong. -Participant
I definitely feel more confident doing beer tastings at the brewery. You went above and beyond what I expected from this class. Thank You! -Participant
There are three tasting workshops in the series:
Session 1 – Things that can go wrong at the pub
Friday, November 11th, 12:00pm-3:00pm
In this session, we will explore five common problems that can occur in the pub. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the mouthfeel, aroma and taste associated with each problem and to record and share their personal impressions. With each problem, there will be a discussion of how and when it might be introduced into beer.
Session 2 – Things that can go wrong at the brewery
Saturday, November 12th, 12:00pm-2:30pm
In this session, we will explore five common off-flavours that can occur in the brewery. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the mouthfeel, aroma and taste associated with each off-flavour and to record and share their personal impressions. With each off-flavour, there will be a discussion of how and when it might be introduced into beer.
Session 3 – Test your sensory evaluation skills!
Sunday, November 13th, 12:00pm-2:30pm
Having become familiar with a range of problem and off-flavours, we will now test our ability to identify them! Participants will sample off-flavours in a blind tasting and will be invited to identify the off-flavour present in five different samples.
SPACE IS LIMITED – SESSIONS HAVE A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF 15 PEOPLE
The three sessions complement eachother and are best experienced when taken together as a course. The are therefore being sold as a series. After November 12th, should there be tickets available, there will be an opportunity to register for sessions individually.
GEEK ALERT ! These workshops are fun but they will cover some pretty technical information…
All sessions are taking place at Lansdowne Brewery
NOTE: If you would like to register 5 or more people from your organization, there are group rates available
November 25, 2016
12:00pm to 2:30pm
Avez-vous jamais eu une pinte de bière qui ne goutait pas correct?
Êtes-vous intéressé a savoir pourquoi?…
Les ateliers de dégustation Beerology sur les faux-goûts sont une façon interactive d’apprendre a identifier les défauts communs dans la bière et mieux comprendre leur provenance.
Ces ateliers aident a renforcer vos habilités afin d’identifier et de résoudre les problèmes liés aux défauts dans la bière.
Il y a trois ateliers dans la série:
vendredi, 25 novembre 2016, 12h00-15h00
Pendant cet atelier, nous allons explorer cinq problèmes communs qui peuvent survenir dans un bar. Les participants auront l’occasion de se familiariser avec une gamme de textures, d’arômes et de saveurs qui peuvent survenir et de prendre note de leurs impressions. Avec chaque problème, il y aura une discussion sur ses origines et comment le faux-goût aurait pu être évité.
Session 2 – Problèmes qui peuvent survenir à la brasserie
samedi, 26 novembre 2016, 12h00-14h30
Pendant cet atelier, nous allons explorer cinq problèmes communs qui peuvent survenir à la brasserie. Les participants auront l’occasion de se familiariser avec une gamme de textures, d’arômes et de saveurs qui peuvent survenir et de prendre note de leurs impressions. Avec chaque problème, il y aura une discussion sur ses origines et comment le faux-goût aurait pu être évité.
Session 3 – Testez votre habilité a détecter les faux-goûts!
dimanche, 27 novembre 2016, 12h00-14h30
Ayant pris connaissance d’une gamme de problèmes et de faux-goûts, il est temps de tester notre habilité de les identifier. Les participants seront présentés avec cinq échantillons, qu’ils dégusteront à l’aveugle et auront comme défi d’identifier quel défaut est présent dans chaque échantillon.