HOW TO BE A BETTER BEER DRINKER


“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind going.” - Henry Ford.

It’s all fun and games when it comes to drinking, but how about taking it to the next level and actually understanding the process of brewing and the work it takes to make your favourite beverage? We’ve compiled a list of educative resources and certifications that will help with your beer journey.


Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)

Founded back in 1985, the BJCP is arguably one of the most well-known beer certifications available. Whether you’re a professional brewer or an ordinary, everyday beer lover, this certification will help refine your knowledge and understanding of the world’s diverse beer, mead and cider styles.

BJCP exams are hosted twice a year by the Hong Kong Beer Judge Association (hkbjcp.org), with pre-exam courses available at homebrew hub HK Brewcraft (hkbrewcraft.com).

Cicerone Certification Program

Going one step further, the Cicerone Program is best suited for beer professionals aiming to help elevate their consumers’ enjoyment and experience with beer.

There are 4 levels within the program: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone, Advanced Cicerone and Master Cicerone. There are currently only 18 Master Cicerones in the world!

The Beercierge Program

Newcomer The Beercierge Program was established in 2018 to ‘help improve the standards of beer excellence at retail through knowedge, salesmanship and hospitality’. Their focus is on beer education at a retail level to help create better beer advisors.

There are 4 levels within the program: Apprentice Beercierge, Certified Beercierge, Advanced Beercierge and Master Beercierge.

CraftBeer.com

If the above certifications look too daunting, fear not! CraftBeer.com is not only a great online resource for beer lovers, they’ve also curated two great introductory online courses for the curious beer lover: Beer 101 and Beer & Food. They also offer separate courses for at-home cooks as well as professional chefs!

Read, drink, read and drink!

With technology at our fingertips, there’s really no excuse to be lazy when it comes to learning. Read and drink and enjoy to your heart’s content. Cheers!

Sandra Kwong
Sandra Kwong

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