Piano lessons at a brewery? This new Beerthoven program is making it possible


Breweries have become community gathering spots where trivia nights, arts and crafts workshops, and other events are hosted — but have we ever seen them offer piano lessons before?

Not until this month, when Lazarus Brewing will be the site of Beerthoven Kraft, a newly established mobile piano lab run by the folks behind the Beerthoven Concert Series. As the name suggests, Beerthoven is all about producing classical music concerts in a casual setting where audiences are drinking free beer while they listen.

Starting on Sept. 18, Beerthoven is also running the piano lab out of Lazarus’ Cool Store space, next door to the colorful main taproom in East Austin. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics of playing the piano, now’s your chance — you’ll sit down for an hour every Tuesday for eight weeks with other adult beginners, the instructor and a free beer. Only nine spots are open for this debut course.

“We've had a special program brewing for the past couple of years; a new addition to our programming that would offer adult music lessons with adult beverage, carrying on the Beerthoven tradition of keeping musical experiences sociable, drinkable —and, now, playable,” according to a news release announcing the program.

The first set of classes, which is a total of $225 (at $35 per class), will run for one hour in the evening each week. They’ll include expert instruction from Joshua Straub, beer-themed music theory and reading, piano technique, and music history and appreciation. And, of course, you’ll get a complimentary beer from Lazarus, the official beer sponsor of Beerthoven shows. 

For more information, visit beerthoven.com

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