Archive | March, 2012

Are You a Beer Snob?

I love good beer, that’s obvious… but is my appreciation for superior suds turning me from a craft beer enthusiast to a straight up beer snob? Let me set the scene for you…

My sister and I are out to dinner at a local BBQ joint. Within seconds of being seated, our server arrives to take our drink order. As I look to the beer menu to see what my options are, I am immediately disappointed with the all macro selection. “Do you have any beer that’s not listed here?” I ask, hoping maybe they’ll have one of the local brews on tap. Sadly, no… what I see, is what I get.

I tell the kid I’ll have a Blue Moon, but I’m not happy about it…

He leaves us to peruse the menu and I feel compelled to share my displeasure with Emily. “I don’t get it, all these beers taste the same? Why not offer something with a little flavor?” She looks at me without raising her head, “Really?” she asks sarcastically, and it hits me — I’m becoming a beer snob.

Signs That You Might Be A Beer Snob…

It’s Official!

cicerone certified beer server pin

I received my Cicerone Certified Beer Server pin today!  As someone that loves tchotchkes and mementos, this is unusually exciting to me.  I may or may not carry the pin around in my purse in case I need to settle any beer knowledge disputes… you can’t argue with a pin.


Gaining Street Cred as a Certified Beer Server

Certified Beer Server Certificate

This past weekend I accomplished something I’ve been looking forward to for a while now… I passed the Level 1 Cicerone Certification Exam and became a Certified Beer Server!  I became the 11,738th person to pass the test and, according to the online roster, 1 of 40 people in Rochester, NY to hold the title.  The Cicerone Certification Program was designed to offer “independent assessment and certification so that industry professionals–as well as consumers–can be sure of the knowledge and skills held by current and prospective beer servers.”  The program consists of three certification levels, including:

  1. Certified Beer Server
  2. Certified Cicerone®
  3. Master Cicerone®

More About Becoming a Certified Beer Server…

The Craft Beer Girl is getting Married!

Dogfish Head ProposalThe clever guy popped the question in a way sure to win the heart of this Craft Beer Girl, by hiding the ring at the bottom of a Dogfish Head “Heaven & Hell”. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the concoction, it’s a 50/50 blend of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA (15-20 ABV | 120 IBU) and World Wide Stout (15-20 ABV | 70 IBU). The blending of two colossal beers, both amazing in their own right, to create one harmonious, complex masterpiece not to be trifled with… it’s poetic.

Tasting beer and visiting breweries is something that JD and I enjoy together as a couple so you can be sure that the spirit of craft beer will be close at hand as we plan our nuptials. We both like the idea of getting married in the Fall so we’ll likely have about a year and a half before the big day. So far, this has allowed me to enjoy the moment without feeling the pressure of any planning just yet. Stay tuned to the blog along with my pinterest board for updates and wedding ideas!