Wait… You’re a What??

Cicerone… yes it’s a weird word… yes, it sounds like chicharrón, but I promise you it’s way cooler than crispy pig’s skin.  Pronounced sis-uh-rohn, it is “one who conducts visitors and sightseers to museums and explains matters of archaeological, antiquarian, historic or artistic interest,” according to Websters.  Except, in this case, instead of museums, I am a guider of the greatest beverage in the history of beverages, beer!

The Cicerone® Certification Program was started in 2008 by Ray Daniels, a 20+ year veteran in the beer industry, bringing years of knowledge and expertise to the wonderful world of beer.  The Cicerone® program is for beer professionals wanting to take their knowledge base further and being able to guide consumers and staff alike on why we should all respect beer.

The Cicerone® program consists of four levels.  The first level is Certified Beer Server which consists of a timed, online exam that covers a broad spectrum of beery goodness: anywhere from storing and serving beer properly to properties of different beer styles.  Over 60,000 people from all over the world have passed this exam.  Every level progressively gets more intensive and more difficult.  Certified Cicerone® is level 2, of which just over 2100 people have passed in the US, Canada and the UK.  Next up is the newest level, Advanced Cicerone™, with the first exams being held in early 2016 in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.  Finally, Master Cicerone® wraps it up with just eleven people holding this esteemed title.

Ray Daniels and the Cicerone® program filled a void in the wonderful world of beer and brought legitimacy to the burgeoning beer industry.  They have created a platform to showcase the dynamic business of beer and the creativity that brewers have been brewing, especially over the past 10-15 years.

My role as Certified Cicerone® for The Patio Group has allowed me to take the passion I have for the beverage and the industry and share it with anyone and everyone that will listen.  I look forward to starting on this journey with you!

What better way than to start on National Cheese Day?  On January 20th, The Patio on Goldfinch and The Patio on Lamont will be celebrating the beauty of cheese and beer with a special pairing.  Coincidentally, National Cheese Day falls during San Diego Restaurant Week, so come down and make a day of it!

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