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7/31 | Beers Around the Virtual World
with Eric Hanson

July 31, 2020 07:30 PM until July 31, 2020 09:00 PM

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Join us for a virtual pub crawl around the globe with a guided tasting of 6 award-winning, distinct styles of beer. We will discuss brewing history, each style’s influence and impact on craft beer and the innovation and the art of brewing.  

Have you ever wondered what makes a German beer so “authentic” or a Belgian beer so “unique”?  Or what is influencing newer Italian beers? Or what connects South American beers to those in Australia and New Zealand? 

All over the world, beers are celebrated for their rich history and for the unique characteristics of their homeland.  Join us as we explore how these histories and characteristics have established the styles we know and love today.

To include beers from Ayinger, Omnipollo, Hitachino and more. 

ORDER BY WEDNESDAY 7/29 AT NOON TO ENSURE TIMELY BEER DELIVERY!

Note:  This class will also be held on Friday, 7/31. 

Class Costs:  

Classes cost $35 plus the cost of your custom six pack, designed specifically for the class, plus tax, shipping and handling.  Total cost will range from approximately $100 to $125.  Please note:  shipping to NY State customers only. 

Class Process: 

Once you sign up for class, you will receive an overnight UPS shipment of a custom six pack specifically designed for your class.  Your instructor, Eric Hanson, will follow up by email (eric@tophops.com) two days before your class with your virtual link and tasting notes. Then, simply use the provided link when class begins and follow along with Eric as he guides you through our tasty selection from the comfort of home.  

Eric will allow 15 minutes for everyone to join the class, navigate any technical issues and introduce himself.  The tasting class will last for approximately an hour with time at the end of the tasting for discussion and Q&A.

You can use the "chat" section of Zoom to ask questions, submit questions ahead of time to eric@tophops or submit questions after class via email.

Note that we require a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 devices.  

Basic Rules: 

Everyone will be muted to eliminate background noise.  Guests will be unmuted should they want to ask a question during the class. We will allow for 5-10 mins of technology after which time we will begin with greetings.  Class instruction lasts for approximately one hour and will be followed by time for Q&A. 

Class Levels: 

There are no “prerequisites” for any class at any level. Though classes may assume a foundation of beer knowledge, we promise to never “talk down” to any student. Asking questions is a founding principle of Top Hops and so is making beer fun and accessible to everyone.

Class Cancellations: 

We understand that schedules change. For that reason, our cancellation policy is as follows: A refund will be issued in the original form of payment for all cancellations over 48 hours in advance. Unfortunately, no refund will be issued for cancellations within 48 hours.  No credit/exchange is possible.

Top Hops reserves the right to cancel any and all classes due to scheduling conflict, illness or poor attendance. Attendees of cancelled classes will be given a full refund and at least 24 hours notice whenever possible.

Virtual Class FAQ:

-- What will be included in my Virtual Class package?

One ticket includes an access link to your online class, tasting notes as well as a custom 6 pack of beers curated specifically for your class and shipped to your home.  You must be 21+ to accept the delivery.  

The class will last for 90 minutes and be delivered via Zoom and will feature our very live Top Hops expert instructor, Eric Hanson,  who will walk you through your tasting as described above. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as participate from home.

-- How many people are allowed to participate with the purchase of one ticket?
Each ticket is good for one "device" (i.e. one computer, phone, tablet, etc. you'll be logging in from). This ensures we don't get more people in the class than the instructor can handle. Having said this, we understand that a couple or two friends may login on one device.  This is ok with us.  However, any more than 2 people can become problematic.  We ask that you simply be respectful and act in good faith.

-- Am I able to ask questions or interact with the class?
Yes, you'll both be able to ask questions using the chat function in Zoom, as well as at the close of class. If the class winds up being on the smaller side, more spontaneous interaction/questions will be encouraged.  

-- Do I have to show my video or speak during class?
While we recommend you do show your video and speak when encouraged to by the instructor, video and audio participation are never mandatory. We find classes have more fun experiences when people are engaging with one another, but understand not everyone will want to do so and that's ok!

-- When do I receive class details? Webinar link to watch?
Our virtual public classes are hosted on Zoom.  The webinar ID with all necessary sign in details will be emailed 2 DAYS before class by Eric at eric@tophops.com. Please ensure you download the webinar app ahead of class so you don’t run into connection issues the day of class!

-- This email will also include tasting notes for your selected beers. *IF YOU ARE NOT SEEING THESE EMAILS, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. It may have been rerouted.  Emails will come from your instructor, eric@tophops.com. 

-- Will the class be recorded? Yes! We record all of our public classes and send them to all attendees following the live session. This is for anyone who had a later delivery, couldn’t make the live session, or simply wants to review information from class.

-- Where can I have this order shipped? For the moment, we are doing overnight delivery within NY State only.  Please email us at eric@tophops to discuss any exceptions.  PO boxes are also not valid. Please double check your attendee shipping information! Any mistakes may hold up delivery.

-- When will I receive tracking information for my delivery? Two days before your scheduled class, UPS sends the tracking ID to the attendee’s email. We ship everything overnight so you will receive tracking information from UPS when your box ships.

-- When should I expect my delivery? Deliveries will arrive between 2 days before your class and day of your class. Please contact us if any delivery issues.

-- What if I received damaged/broken/missing any items in the delivery?
Please contact us immediately at eric@tophops.com for product reshipment. 

-- What if this is a gift?
A wonderful idea for a gift! Please ensure the ‘attendee’ information is filled out with shipping details and email address of who is receiving the gift, not the purchaser. The attendees information is what is pulled for shipping details and class emails from instructors.

-- Will I need anything from home to use in the class? 

First, you’ll need a reliable internet connection! You can access the stream via smartphone, tablet, or a computer. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Any questions, please email beer@tophops.com and be sure to mention Virtual Classes in your subject.  


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