A couple of years ago I took a little beer class from the UMKC CommUniversity and the Beer Jockey Jim Quinn. It was a pretty good time with some decent pretty basic information. It was more of just a conversation about beer with 4 or 5 good beers to drink along the way for around $15. Jim's been doing various versions of that class for a couple of years now through the CommUniversity.
The class happens on Thursday night October 20th, but is limited so if you're interested you'll want to sign up immediately. The class costs $9 and Jim recommends you bring some cash to drink more beer and eat salty snacks (Harlings doesn't take credit cards). The class is numbered 3308A, not to be confused with Beer Appreciation 101 (also a worthy class) which is more expensive and more in depth in the art of tasting beer.