Sunday, February 19, 2012
The three certification levels are: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone, and Master Cicerone. I recently passed the Certified Beer Server exam. For those that are pretty confident in their craft beer knowledge, this test should not be too difficult. When I started studying I realized that I needed to learn more about draft systems, liquors laws, and some unfamiliar beer styles. If you follow the syllabus that the program posts and go over each section thoroughly, then you should be able to pass the first time around. And if not you get one free retake.
I am beginning to study for the Certified Cicerone exam, and from what I have gathered this separates the elite from the novice. A lot of in-depth knowledge is needed for the next two levels, which means you need to become familiar with beer from various angles. Personally, I am excited to expand my knowledge of this wonderful libation and solidify it through the Cicerone Program.
Cheers! Prost! Salud!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Furthermore, I had mixed feelings about the beer because of the hype around it. When you have people following distributors' trucks to liquor stores out of fear that they wouldn't be able to get a bottle, then I'm not so sure that is healthy for the world of craft beer. What doesn't make since to me is that Boulevard started distributing this Chocolate Ale in other markets a week or two before it hit their home market (Kansas City). From craft beer friends, I found out this brew that everyone was fighting for in Kansas City was sitting on shelves in other states. It just doesn't seem fair that the citizens of Kansas City, who have fully embraced and supported Boulevard to become what they are today, should be worried about not getting to try it. The main problem is that there is little competition between local breweries in Kansas City, so Boulevard pretty much dominates the craft beer scene here. I hate to bash on Boulevard because I do love the beers they put out and I think they represent the city of Kansas City exceptionally. Ultimately, I think they just handled this release poorly and maybe next time they can keep a larger volume of limited edition brews in their hometown market where it is fully appreciated.