Key Resources for the Advanced Cicerone Exam
The Cicerone Certification Program (CCP) recently released recommended "Key Resources" you need to study to pass the exam for the Advanced Cicerone (AC) exam, as well as every other level of the program (Certified Beer Server (CBS), Certified Cicerone (CC), and Master Cicerone (MC))
Let's look at what study resources the CCP recommends for the third level of the program, Advanced Cicerone. If you're taking the AC exam you've already passed the CC exam and know that it's a pretty difficult test. The CC exam's passage rate is less than 40%, about 1 in 3. That's worse than the NY or CA State Bar Exams. The AC exam's pass rate is likely to be similar at best. So, while the CCP says, "while it is not mandatory to review all of these resources in preparation for our exams, we hope candidates can utilize this list in conjunction with the syllabi to focus their studies," I would recommend reading and studying all of these resources. If you're taking the AC exam, you're probably already on board with that!
CCP Recommended Key Resources for prepping for the AC exam
Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink, by Randy Mosher
The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver
Key resources for the "Keeping & Serving Beer" section of the exam:
Draught Beer Quality Manual, Brewer's Association
Draught Beer Quality Fact Sheets, Brewer's Association
Of course, the CCP recommends their "Road to Cicerone" material, but for the price I'm going to recommend my much less expensive, more comprehensive, and less flashy Beer Scholar Study Guide for the Certified Cicerone Exam. It's a killer review of all of the CC material, and then some
Cellarmanship, Patrick O'Neill
Key resources for the "Beer Styles" section of the exam:
The 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)
The Beer Bible, Jeff Alworth
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew, Jamil Zainasheff
Great Beers of Belgium (6th Ed.), Michael Jackson
Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain's Great Beers, Martyn Cornell
Wild Brews, Jeff Sparrow
Farmhouse Ales, Phil Markowski
Brewing With Wheat, Stan Hieronymus
Brew Like a Monk, Stan Hieronymus
Key resources for the "Beer Flavors & Evaluations" section of the exam:
The Aroxa website & flavor cards. Aroxa makes "flavor kits" for beer, which contain small capsules full of compounds that are put in beer to allow tasters to learn various aromas and off-flavors. Folks who work on brewery tasting panels or do regular sensory analysis work of any sort use Aroxa product to learn to taste and to dial in their sensory analysis abilities.
Tasty: The Art & Science of What We Eat, John McQuaid
Key resources for the "Beer Ingredients & the Brewing Process" section of the exam:
Designing Great Beers, Ray Daniels
New Brewing Lager Beer, Greg Noonan
Radical Brewing, Randy Mosher
American Sour Beers, Michael Tonsmeire
Malt, John Mallett
For the Love of Hops, Stan Hieronymus
Yeast, Chris White & Jamil Zainasheff
Key resources for the "Beer & Food Pairing" section of the exam:
Additional resources I recommend:
Again, my own Beer Scholar Study Guide for the Certified Cicerone Exam contains everything you need to review from the CC level plus a bit more.
My Beer Scholar facebook page contains tons of links to great beer readings and study material and gets a new one every day. Go like the page and read the articles I post (feel free to go through all the prior posts as well). I always post good educational material, no crap or clickbait.
And there you have it, quite a list! Please list any other good resources in the comments!