Charter Oak Brewing founder P. Scott Vallely will lead a beer brewing and tasting course at Total Wine on Wednesday, Oct. 19 for one of Wilton Continuing Education\u2019s new fall courses \u2014\u00a0From Grain to Glass: Beer Brewing Process & Tasting. It is just one of many new cuisine class offerings Wilton Continuing Education is offering this semester. Classes are held at different locations and they include Healthy Indian Cuisine & Ideal Wine Pairing, Fresh From The Farm: Winter Salads & Slaws, Monkey Bread Baking & Focaccia Pizza Party at Wave Hill Breads Bakery and Cupcake Creations: An Interactive Workshop. During the 6:30-8:30 p.m. beer brewing class, participants will learn about the process of brewing beer, as well as the dynamic world of craft beer in Connecticut. \u201cThere are now 41 breweries in our state,\u201d said Vallely, a lifelong Connecticut resident who currently lives in New Canaan. \u201cThere were only five when we started.\u201d Before founding the New Canaan-based Charter Oak Brewing Company in 2011, Vallely homebrewed beer for 35 years. \u201cWhen I first started, neighbors thought I had an illegal \u2018still\u2019 in the basement,\u201d he said. \u201cForward to 2011, we started the company and have been marketing our beers to Connecticut since 2012.\u201d Not only is supply growing, said Vallely, \u201cbut demand continues to outpace what our state brews, hence there are literally dozens of regional and national craft brewers entering Connecticut.\u201d \u201cThe current in-state breweries remain a tight knit community with lots of dialogue between us to learn from each other and brew the very best beer,\u201d he said. \u201cMost craft beer-drinkers choose local over national. It\u2019s fresh, small operator, and we always brew with only the finest hops and barley \u2014 never any adjuncts or artificial flavorings.\u201d During his continuing education class, Vallely said, he will cover \u201call things grain to glass.\u201d Vallely will discuss barley and hops \u2014 the\u00a0primary ingredients for beer \u2014\u00a0and give a crash-course on brewing. The class will conclude with a tasting of Charter Oak Brewing beers \u2014 accompanied by handmade pretzels baked by local breadmaker Rob VanKeuren \u2014 and a narrative on \u201chow to sample beer,\u201d said Vallely. Vallely\u00a0\u2014 who recently attended the American Brewing School and enrolled in its Intense Engineering and Science of Brewing course for a certification as a brewmaster \u2014 said he conducts in-store tastings and seminars frequently and \u201cthoroughly\u201d enjoys talking about brewing and beer. \u201cI am looking forward to having a bunch of folks attend our clinic on Oct. 19 and learn more about beer and become engaged,\u201d he said. \u201cThe craft beer world is all about reaching out to small groups and having them excited to try local beers. This is a perfect example.\u201d There is a $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor. For more information or to register, visit wiltoncontinuinged.org. To learn more about Charter Oak Brewing, visit charteroakbrewing.com.