A Certified Cicerone® takes the MBAA Beer Steward Exam

I recently passed the Master Brewers Association of the Americas’ Beer Steward exam. Some friends have asked why I bothered with it since I’m a Certified Cicerone®? It’s true, but I’m also a student of beer, and I’m a teacher of beer. There’s nothing I enjoy more than leading Craft Beer 101 at a local … Read more…

Is Your Beer Digestible?

What are some ways you describe beer? There are a lot of terms you hear all the time: malty, hoppy, sour, session, dark, heavy, etc. Descriptions help us talk about the beer we’re drinking. But have you ever said your beer was digestible? Yep, it’s a thing, especially in Belgium. Belgian brewers make use of … Read more…

I’m Always Happy with Improvement

I took the written and oral components of the Advance Cicerone exam (for the second time) in Dallas in mid-October 2016 (that post is here). In my February 2016 attempt, I got a 78, two points short of passing (read about that here and here). This time I got a 79! Yes, just one point … Read more…

Oops, I Did It Again

You know Einstein’s definition of insanity, right? “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well call me crazy. I retook the Advanced Cicerone written and oral exam two days ago in Allen, TX with the expectation that I’ll pass. Like I said after my first attempt, it’s going to be … Read more…

Hope we see you at BBC 16

One of the best things about doing this blog over the past 4 years has been getting to know other beer lovers sharing their own perspective on social media. We enjoy keeping up with you through your blogs, Instagram and Twitter feeds and your podcasts. We love seeing y’all during the year at beer events around … Read more…