Belgian Beers – Part 1

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Today we’re continuing the post series on the Cicerone Certified Beer Server exam. So far we’ve covered a lot, but there’s still a lot to go. In the last post we started talking about basic beer styles by introducing German/Czech beers. In that post I said this would be a 2 part series. I kind […]

Basic Beer Styles

Beer Chacteristics

Today we’re getting back into my post series on the Cicerone Certified Beer Server exam. I’ve ignored this for a while but it’s time to get back into it. This is some serious information that any good server, bar tender, or beer fan should know. In this post, we’ll start looking at the basic styles […]

Beer Characteristics

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Knowing the basic characteristics of beer is vital to be able to talk about it to friends and customers alike. There are basic ways to talk about beer, communicating it’s appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, as well as alcohol content, bitterness, and color. These are generally referred to as quantitative parameters of beer character. This means […]

Serving Draught Beer


Pouring a beer correctly from a draft system is one of the best skills you can have when dealing with serving beer. It seems like everyone has their own way to pour a draught beer, but there is really only one correct way. Pouring a beer from a draught is a science more than it […]

Serving Bottled Beer

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Next in the series of Cicerone Certified Beer Server posts, we have Serving Bottled Beer. Everyone knows that a beer in a bottle or can is meant to be lured into the proper glass. Just like pouring from a draught system, serving from a bottle is a skill that takes practice.   1. Examine The […]

Beer Glassware

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Today we’re continuing on the Cicerone Certified Beer Server series and taking a look at Glassware used for beer. You might remember this post I made earlier on glassware. While useful, the information in this post is related directly to the Certified Beer Server test, so there’s definitely new information here. I do recommend reviewing […]