Beer Tastings & Courses
Our industry-leading beer courses were created in partnership with three of the biggest craft beer talents in the world.
Master Cicerone® Mirella Amato, Master Cicerone® Rich Higgins, and Advanced Cicerone® & IBD Beer Sommelier Jonny Tyson have worked together to produce a syllabus that is as insightful as it is comprehensive - and that’s designed to nurture the talent of craft beer lovers from any background or level.
Speciality beer is a field where quality expertise is sought-after – and it’s an industry that’s growing fast. Attendees on our courses will be prepared with the knowledge, experience, and qualification to navigate this world with confidence.
Mirella and Rich are two of a few Master Cicerones in the world, which means our courses will be very much in-demand. We expect them to book up quickly.
We are offering two levels of qualification - BPET (Beer Professional Education & Training) - Beer Sommelier Preparation, Level 1 & Level 2 :
- BPET Level 1: Beer Styles and Flavour. This 2-day tutored starter course has been designed to provide a thorough introduction into the wonderful world of craft beer (including different types of hops, malts, styles and flavours). During this course, you will taste a wide range of local and international beers. This course is perfect for those who want to take their beer knowledge to the next level, and is also intended to help prepare you for the Cicerone® Certified Beer Server Exam. At the end of the course, you will be provided with a link to take the Cicerone® Certified Beer Server exam online.
- BPET Level 2: Further education for the Beer Professional. This in-depth course is intended to prepare students for the Certified Cicerone® Exam. It is a full 5-day tutored course. The exam fee is not included in this course fee.
- Please Note: These courses are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.
Places are limited and the courses are delivered exclusively through our Local Wine School network with Certified Cicerone® tutors.
Based in London, Jonny is an Accredited Beer Sommelier and member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. After starting in wine with Oddbins in London, Jonny moved to Vancouver, Canada, to focus on professional craft beer & wine writing, wine & beer buying for top retailers and restaurants and developing a career in wine & craft beer education.
He now owns the South London Wine School and is a BPET Certified Beer Educator as well as teach WSET wine course and hosting all sorts of tasting events
Based in Toronto, Mirella has dedicated herself to promoting the art of beer appreciation since 2007. She is one of eleven people in the world to have earned the title of Master Cicerone®. Mirella is a National Level BJCP judge and has sat on the jury for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Great American Beer Festival, European Beer Star and World Beer Cup. She is the author of Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More, winner of best beer book: Canada 2014 Gourmand Drink Awards.
Professional brewmaster Rich Higgins is one of eleven Master Cicerones® in the world and spent three years as the President of the San Francisco Brewers Guild. He runs a variety of brewery apprenticeships in the USA, and has curated several beer programs in his hometown of San Francisco. In a distinguished career, he has taught beer and food education classes, Cicerone training courses, and been a public speaker at a number of beer events across the America and Europe.
The number of breweries and the range of beers available in the UK has never been more exciting – so make the most of this opportunity - and get qualified!
Tim Beardmore-Gray - Level 1 course - London Nov 2016 - '‘It was a really useful course. Quite intense with a lot of knowledge to absorb, but really really great fun!’'
James Tolan - Level 1 course - London Nov 2016 – ''It has been a really fun and enjoyable way of gaining some in depth knowledge about lots of aspects of beer. I’ve come out feeling more informed and more engaged when drinking and serving beer''
Join 'The Beer Wrangler' - Jonny Tyson - and learn about the world of beer, while tasting through six classics over 2 nights. Jonny is an Advanced Cicerone and Accredited
Places remaining: 12
Date/Time: 13th Jan 2021 at 7.30pm