Beer Scholar: Study Guides for the Cicerone® Exams

Study Guides for the Cicerone® Exams

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The Beer Scholar study guides have been created by Certified Cicerone® Chris Cohen. They are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.

Expert Panel on KVEIK with Almanac Beer Co, Omega Yeast, & Beer Scholar at Old Devil Moon

I led a panel discussion on brewing with KVEIK yeast! The panel included Damian Fagan, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co, & Lance Shaner, co-founder of Omega Yeast, with guest appearance by Master Cicerone Nicole Erny of Alvarado Street Brewing!

This panel discussion was held at Old Devil Moon in San Francisco during their second kveik-focused event, "Kveiking Raid 2: The Kveikening" on 6/8/2019. ODM was pouring 16 kveik fermented beers and ciders, plus 2 pro Norwegian farmhouse-style ales not fermented with kveik (not all of them are). This event featured the most kveik fermented ales poured under one roof outside of Norway at that time and was the second ever kveik-focused event in the US, the first being ODM's original Kveiking Raid on 2/7/2019 during San Francisco Beer Week.

Chris did 3 pro collab beers with Omega Yeast kveik strains for this event: "Hot as Hel" hazy DIPA with Almanac Beer Co; "ØSB" ESB with Freewheel Brewing; and "Ragnarweisse" kettle sour with Laughing Monk. Alvarado Street Brewing also made a beer for the event in collaboration with Imperial Yeast, called "Kveik & Ike" hazy IPA.

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Chris Cohen is an Advanced Cicerone, National BJCP Beer Judge, partner at Old Devil Moon bar in San Francisco, co-founder of the SF Homebrewers Guild, & the author of the Beer Scholar Study Guides for the Cicerone Exams.

Advanced Cicerone & PhD Dr. Asa Stone talks climate change & lambic production

Dr. Asa Stone is one of the other ~120 Advanced Cicerones. She's also a New Mexico-based PhD of Experimental Psychology who does research on the human dimensions of ecological issues, such as how to effectively promote sustainable behavior. On top of all that, Asa is a beer educator with a desire to help others gain a deeper appreciation of beer. I had the treat of sitting down for a chat with Dr. Asa Stone in Amsterdam during Carnivale Brettanomyces #9.

Long a fan of great beer, Dr. Stone found a way merge her appreciation of beer, especially lambic, and her background as a scientist through her climate change work. Asa, and her scientist husband, Mark Stone, have been working for several years with Jean-Pierre van Roy of Cantillon fame to better understand how Earth's changing climate will affect lambic production in Belgium. Hotter weather causes changes to the prominent microflora that ferments lambic and thus its chemistry and flavor profile. Dr. Stone and lambic producers want to know what to expect in the future and what options there may be for dealing with climate change issues.

We talk about Asa's ongoing climate change research, the beer-focused courses she's teaching in New Mexico, and her experience as a woman and minority in the beer community. As we are both beer educators, I also talk a bit about my goals for where I'm taking Beer Scholar, which I haven't shared much about yet publicly.

It was a real treat to chat with Dr. Asa Stone and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Definitely check her out at https://www.beerpairedlife.com and follow her on the 'gram at https://www.instagram.com/beerpairedlife.

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Chris Cohen is an Advanced Cicerone, National BJCP Beer Judge, partner at Old Devil Moon bar in San Francisco, co-founder of the SF Homebrewers Guild, & the author of the Beer Scholar Study Guides for the Cicerone Exams.

Interview with Evan Rail on Czech Beer Culture, Anthony Bourdain, & What to do in Prague

I recently sat down for a wide ranging chat with Evan Rail. Evan is an American expat, Czech beer expert, and 20 year denizen of Prague who writes about beer and other topics for Good Beer Hunting, the New York Times, and myriad other media outlets. He also spent a day as Anthony Bourdain's local beer guide during the filming of "No Reservations" in Prague...during that shoot Evan fell through the floor of a decrepit brewery. Of course that footage was included in the episode and will forever be one of Evan's claims to fame!

In this interview we talk Czech beer culture, Evan goes into detail about his experience with Anthony Bourdain, and we get some great advice on what to do when visiting Prague, both beer and non-beer related.

Evan is a super cool stand up guy who really knows his stuff when it comes to beer, food, and where to hang out in Prague. I highly recommend if you're visiting Prague that you get in touch with him to schedule a tour. Do the tour on your first full day in Prague so that you get the lay of the land and advice on what else to do right off! Hit up Evan by email at evan@evanrail.com or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/evanrail

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Chris Cohen is an Advanced Cicerone, National BJCP Beer Judge, partner at Old Devil Moon bar in San Francisco, co-founder of the SF Homebrewers Guild, & the author of the Beer Scholar Study Guides for the Cicerone Exams.


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