So...finally have these things going...hopefully I'm using them correctly
Certified Beer Snobbery
April 22, 2015
As you might imagine, a common interest amongst my circles of friends is an affinity for good beer. All too often this means that when we are in a social setting my peers and I look and act like the stereotype in this video (minus the ‘stache…. I’m not that cool yet). While this kind of interest in seeking out the latest and greatest brews is typically brushed off as nothing more than snobbery of a sort I can say that for my part this level of interest in all things beer is a true and long lasting passion. Just as passions for other libations have stemmed cultures in which authorities on the subject matter receive credentials to that end, beer aficionados may choose to seek out a certification of their knowledge and experience. Recently my friend Jeremy passed the first exam for said certification and in so doing has earned some bragging rights amongst the inner circle of beer nerds I know (boom, blog name drop Altheide…your “F” list famous now). For those looking to start a career in beer, or simply to show off in the taproom there are few things with the kind of prestige as a Cicerone certification
Just as one would seek out a sommelier for expert knowledge on wine, a Certified Cicerone is someone who is a steward of beer that has proven that same level of skill. There are varying levels of Cicerone certification ranging from Certified Beer Server to a Master Cicerone, the latter representing the upper echelon of brewing aptitude. A certified Beer Server certification is an invaluable asset for anyone looking to be behind the bar in a breweries taproom or at any of the more discerning beer gardens and bars that are out there. For those looking to move past the initial certification but not ready to dedicate the time and resources needed to acquire a master level credential the second level Certified Cicerone provides an opportunity to demonstrate a wider depth of identifying flavors aromas and brewing techniques. In terms of professional relevance the Certified Cicerone is best suited for anyone looking to work in environments where storage and brewing technique of beers are of importance, particularly in the realms of retail and brewery logistics.
Something to keep in mind with Cicerone certification is that it is just that, a legitimate certification program. Anyone with a casual interest in beer my find this to be a bad fit as the level of study and cost (each test costs between $80 and $800 depending on the level) to be more of a commitment than they are willing to take on. This isn’t meant to scare anyone off of pursuing this path by any means simply to make it clear that this is something you will have to work to achieve. If you are someone for whom this challenge sounds appealing, I wish you the best of luck in making your love of beer something of which you can be even more proud. I’m off to try and find some Dr Philsner Pilsner (watch the in the link up there….you’ll get it) and I look forward to the next round of beer snobbery I can share with you all. Cheers Everyone!