How To Become a Beer WIZARD: CICERONE 101


We all know about wine certifications like the Master Sommelier program, which put passionate wine service people through the educational wringer, churning them out at the other end as refined, knowledgeable and refined Sommeliers.  But what do we know of the equivalent in the beer world? 

For sure beer is complex and nuanced, and with all the emerging styles and variations, a little help would be nice when it comes to matching our beers with our food.  There was a time where professional beer servers would adopt the title of ‘beer sommelier’ to indicate their expertise in serving beer.  The gap in the market in beer education left room for the Cicerone Certification Program.  “…in the years since its founding, the Cicerone® Certification Program has become the industry standard for identifying those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service.”

This is an independent assessment and certification that is rigorous and challenging, and it all begins with:


Cicerone Certification Level 1
Certified Beer Server:  First-level certification for those who work with beer.


Cicerone Certification Level 2

Certified Cicerone:  Certification for professionals dedicated to beer


Cicerone Certification Level 3

Advanced Cicerone:  A designation of distinctive expertise and tasting skill.


Cicerone Certification Level 4

Master Cicerone:  The ultimate test of beer expertise.

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