Following my assessment yesterday at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling HQ I am now a Beer Academy certified Beer Sommelier.
This is someone that I’ve been working towards broadly for a couple of years and very intensely over the last few months.
It was a nerve-wracking hour and a half with some really challenging styles to identify eg Dunkelweissbock, Flemish Red, Black IPA and I was very pleased to be told that I’d passed!
One of the most exciting things about beer at the moment is its constant innovation and development. It’s amazing that in a couple of years people sitting the assessment might be identifying styles that hardly exist now. One thing to be very clear about is that this isn’t the end of the process, more the start; I’m happy to say that I’ve got lots more beers to taste and learn about. Bring it on.
What it includes:
1. Assessment of portfolio
2. Style identification of 15 beers
3. Off flavour tasting of 5 spiked samples
4. Knowledge of beer and food matching