Understanding Beer – More Than Appreciation

The purpose of this blog is to take a deeper look at the breweries, the beers and the process of brewing in order to provide that knowledge to our readers.

In almost three months of existence I think we have done a good job working towards this purpose. Like any venture there is certainly room for improvement and as I have learned from reading about beer, meeting people about beer, and of course drinking good beer there is more work to be done.

As I looked around the beer scene I found that there is standard when it comes to fully knowing beer. The Cicerone Certification process, established in 2007, sets the gold standard when it comes to educating professionals about beer standards. For people unfamiliar with the term the best comparison would be a sommelier for wine.

It is a 4 tier system starting with Certified Beer Server followed by Certified Cicerone, Advanced Cicerone, and ends with Master Cicerone. Each level increasing in difficulty and it’s knowledge requirement. I like this program the best because it’s not just about beer styles and flavor (including tasting skills). It takes on tap lines, food pairings, proper pouring, and even the correct way to clean the glasses. It is a study in the entire beer experience which is why I am beginning my own journey towards Certified Beer Server.

Like my homebrewing experiences I plan to bring all of you along on the journey. If any of you are going down the same path please let me know, studying in groups is always better.

For those of you interested, here is the link to the program:


Let the reading begin –



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