This Summer's five week comprehensive brewing course at Cabrillo College was cancelled, not enough students. I don't think this was caused by a lack of interest in the community, the Spring class filled to capacity with a handful of students on a waiting list. The lack of students seems to be directly related to the economy. Because of budget cuts at the college, Cabrillo did not publish or mail the catalog listing the extension program. This has a big impact on registration as most students signing up for the brewing class are finding the course by way of the catalog. Hopefully, the fall catalog will be printed as usual and I expect to fill the class again. In the mean time, I have students signing up on-line for the private classes that I offer and I just happen to have five Sunday's in a row in which to teach from home. If you're in the area or will be visiting Santa Cruz during the month of July, consider a one day class with me. Each class will be designed with consideration of your brewing experience. Go here for more details.
On another note, a couple of beer event will be taking place here that might interest you.
First: Homebrewer and Zymurgeek member Tom Lopez will be showing his His photography is displayed within easy access of a nice line up of beer on draft not to mention a lot of specialties in bottles.
On July 15th at the old Wrigley building on the West side, New Belgium Brewing will be hosting an event called Clips of Faith where there will be beer for sampling and movie shorts projected on an outdoor screen. The clips will start at sundown naturally but the beer is available starting at 7:30pm.
According to clips of faith:
Project Bike Trip is teaming up with New Belgium Brewing to bring their second annual”cLiPS of FAiTH” BEER & FILM TOUR to Santa Cruz, CA. This 18-city tour travels the country pouring handmade beers while featuring independent, handmade films and raising money for local non-profits."
I'm curious about this event and will try to check it out and get back to all those that don't make it.
Finally, the California Beer Festival will be going on the following day. Saturday July 16th at the Aptos park. Our local brewers along with 60 or so more will be serving from 12:30 to 5pm. You can find out more about this event by going to the link.
I'm still trying to get a press pass into this event and If I do, you'll see me there.