Sometimes You Gotta Stretch Yourself

It was an a-ha moment for me, and not the kind where everything goes black and white, and you’re running from thugs with a pipe wrench. My moment came when I was drinking a glass of wine and was picking out flavors and aromas like never before. I never thought much of wine; it seemed … Read more

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

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

Thoughts on the Advanced Cicerone Exam

So, optimistic Certified Cicerone, you think you are ready to take the Advanced Cicerone Exam? Be afraid. Be very Afraid. I was in the inaugural group of suckers candidates to sit for the first exam on February 2nd in Chicago, but held this post publication until now, March 30, 2016. Today, a group from the … Read more