Oh, how we love our beer.
Worldwide, 42 billion gallons of beer are made annually, so we know you probably love your beer, too. But besides knowing what you like, what do you really know about the beer you drink? Today, we are living in the most beer-rich time ever known to man. With literally thousands of flavors and styles to choose from, sometimes it’s just easier to find what you like and stick with it as your “go to” beer.
We all go through that. For a long time I kept Widmer, a German Hefeweizen style beer in my fridge, then Pyramid Haywire (also a Hefeweizen), and most recently, my go-to beer has been Blue Moon Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale.
See a trend here? Without realizing it, I never really ventured too far from wheat beers, which is cool, because I naturally favor them.
Sure, I’ve enjoyed other beers when out and about with the guys or at beer tasting events. I have to admit though, while I’ve enjoyed a lot of different beers over my decades of consumption, I never really appreciated all the unique differences and subtleties until recently.
In Las Vegas, where we live, we have choices. Our liquor stores are the size of grocery stores most everywhere else. Visit a Total Wine and you’ll have hundreds of beers to choose from of every variety you can image. But most of us, most of the time, stroll right by all those amazing beers and grab our Budweiser, Blue Moon, or our favorite brew, and are happy. And that’s fine.
But we, Beti and I, want more. We want to challenge our taste buds and explore new flavors and beer experiences. And we want to understand what this miracle elixir is all about, aside from the apparent pleasantries of consumption.
So, in our love of beer, we decided to check out the BeerSavvy® Training Program from the Cicerone Certification Program.
The Cicerone Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers.
BeerSavvy® is an interactive eLearning program covering key content for the Certified Beer Server exam and is suitable for individual learners as well as organizations looking to train remote and multi-shift employees.
After completing BeerSavvy®, you’ll be prepared to take the Certified Beer Server Exam — a key credential for beer professionals. The cost of the Certified Beer Server exam is included in the BeerSavvy® package, which is $199 per trainee and takes about 5-8 hours to complete.
Beti and I studied together and finally I took the test and passed on November 3rd. Beti passed her test the following day. I’ve got to admit, it was tougher than I thought, and the first time I took the test the previous week, I failed and missed passing by one question. So, we went through the entire course a second time and brushed up on the items I missed the first time around.
Going through the course a second time also cemented so stuff I missed the first time around. Details. Details. So much to learn, but at least it’s a fun subject.
We amplified our learning experience by buying a bottle (or can) of every beer referenced in the course, and all-in-all we departed our local Total Wine & More store with fifty fridge-ready beers. (I don’t know if I should be proud or embarassed). There would have been more beers, but some, like Barleywine, are seasonal and unavailable. We really wanted to immerse ourselves in the beer we were learning about, so while studying stouts, we drank stouts, while reviewing lagers we enjoyed lagers, and so on.
The whole experience has been rewarding in that we experienced several different styles that we would have otherwise never tried. And many of those “new” brews are beers I’ve wondered about and figured I’d try one day, someday. The BeerSavvy® course helped me expedite someday to today.
Craft beer has gone mainstream. For a few dollars, you can treat yourself to something special. Many beer bars now feature hundreds of choices in bottles and cans and dozens of more options on tap. For five or six dollars you can treat yourself to something special. Naturally, you can pay more (lots more in Vegas), or less at your favorite watering hole, but when you get down to it, often the price between an average high-volume beer is not much different than an excellent craft beer. So why not educate yourself on what you’re drinking and learn about new styles along the way? Be brave and try everything once. You never know what you might like.
Ready to become a beer expert? Click here to learn more about the Cicerone Certification Program > https://www.cicerone.org
Dedicated Beer Enthusiasts
Beti Kristof > https://www.cicerone.org/users/beti-kristof-mohn
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