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Brooklyn Beer School

brooklyn brewery

One of the perks of being “The Craft Beer Girl” is making friends in the beer industry. One of the perks of making friends in the beer industry is having the opportunity to attend special craft beer events. Brooklyn Beer School is one such event. Periodically, Brooklyn Brewery invites industry members (distributor reps, bar owners, etc.) to come down to Brooklyn and learn more about the history and culture of the brewery and a little about beer in general.

Located at 79 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Brewery has been at the center of a cultural and gastronomical renaissance, taking place in Brooklyn over the last 20 years. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, greeted by Steve Hindy, president and co-founder. The tasting room is simple, a large warehouse with concrete floors. We grabbed a beer and sat at picnic tables while Steve told us the story of how he, a foreign correspondent, and his neighbor Tom Potter, a banker at the time, came to start the brewery 25 years ago. To hear stories of Steve’s time in Beirut, and of his other experiences as a journalist, I am inspired. Enchanted by his sense of adventure and nostalgia, like falling in love.

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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®

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