28 Jan 2011 @ 3:17 PM 

I am pleased to announce a springtime course in beer information and appreciation, timed specifically for use as a study group for the upcoming Cicerone® exam on April 8th at the Raleigh Times, but most certainly not limited to those interested in taking the exam.

What is covered in the course of the class?

The entirety of the Certified Cicerone® Course Syllabus (opens a PDF, all non-blue sections) and a few pieces of the Master Cicerone® topics, if they seem to show a full picture of any given topic. Each class will last 1.5 – 2 hours and will be split between a discussion section and a tasting session.

Here is a sample breakdown of how the course will run:

Week 1: Intro, Beer Ingredients, How to Taste Beer, Style history and tastings.
Week 2: Hot-side of Brewing (from milling through mashing, boiling and lautering), Off-flavor tasting.
Week 3: Cold-side of Brewing (yeast and fermentation), Style history and tastings.
Week 4: Post-fermentation brewery-side handling (clarification, filtration, souring, and conditioning). Style history and tastings.
Week 5: Beer packaging, shipment, storage, and aging. Off-flavor tastings.
Week 6: Serving beer: draft systems, casks, bottles, glassware, and the rest. Style history and tastings.
Week 7: Beer and food. Style history and tastings.
Week 8: Everything we’ve missed, questions, and review. Off-flavor tastings.

It’s not “how to brew” (though that’ll be covered), it’s not a drinking class, it’s “About Beer.” You’ll learn every step of the process between field and mouth, it’s history, and it’s care and handling. It might best be labeled “How to Enjoy Beer” or even “How to Help Others Enjoy Beer.”

When does this class happen?

Sunday evenings at 8PM, starting February 13th.

An astute observer will notice that there are fewer than 8 weeks between February 13th and April 8th, so there will be at least one week where we double-up somewhere and either have a long class or two classes; most likely the week of the exam. A full schedule will be posted on the first day.

Where does this class happen?

At the location of the soon-to-be Mystery Brewing Company.

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Who’s teaching this class?

Yours truly, Erik L. Myers of Mystery Brewing Company. Full disclosure: I am also studying for the Cicerone® exam and while I can teach most of this content off the top of my head, this class will also be a learning opportunity for me. It doesn’t mean that you’ll get any false or bad information, but it does mean you might catch me having to look up the answer to question now and again.

How do I sign up?

The class is $85 per person (+ Eventbrite fee). It covers off-flavor tasting supplies, style tasting supplies, other supplies (like paper, cups, etc.).

Note! I am not affiliated with the Cicerone program, I’m just working toward become certified, myself and so am using their syllabus as an overall guideline. Cicerone®, Certified Cicerone® and Master Cicerone® are registered trademarks of the Cicerone Certification Program.

Posted By: erik
Last Edit: 31 Jan 2011 @ 11:03 AM



Responses to this post » (6 Total)

  1. JoeKarbo says:

    Yo Erik,

    If we take this class and then pass the exam on April 8th…will we be certified for something?


  2. erik says:


    Yes and no. If you take the class, then you become certified awesome with beer.

    The Cicerone part is an external piece that is a country (world?)-wide certification program, it is essentially the beer-equivalent of a sommelier.

    Lots o’ info on their official site.

    I’m planning on taking the exam in the spring, and I know others who are as well, so I wanted to put together a study group for it, but at the same time I wanted to be able to allow people who don’t necessarily have Cicerone aspirations to be able to learn the goods… thus the overall “class” piece.

  3. Is it just my fuzzy calendar-math or aren’t there exactly 8 weeks:
    1. Feb 13
    2. Feb 20
    3. Feb 27
    4. Mar 6
    5. Mar 13
    6. Mar 20
    7. Mar 27
    8. Apr 3

    Perfect timing for the April 8th exam. Well played sir. Looking forward to it.

  4. Jim says:

    Holy cats, that is a well rounded class. Literally will get anyone off and running!

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