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…

Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference 2017

I’m about to hit the road to Asheville to attend the first Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference, produced by the fine folks at Zephyr who are also behind the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference. June and I are regulars at the BBWC and I am expecting the BMTC to be great, but I’m sure the audience … 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…

2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference Wrap Up

June and I had a super trip to Tampa for the year Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference. We arrived Wednesday afternoon for a little vacation time before the conference started. Matt from Rhizome Productions got us reservations to Bern’s Steakhouse and even picked up the tab. Who says volunteering at beer festivals does not pay … Read more…

Good Times at the 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

We had a blast at this year’s Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference in Tampa, FL. We’re working up a recap of the good times, but in the meantime, here are our pictures for you to enjoy. Tampa was a wonderful host and as always, Zephyr put on a great conference. Can’t wait until next year … Read more…