Word Wednesday - Cicerone
~ Being Colorado Craft Beer week, it seemed fitting to explore the passionate crafters behind the pints I've been enjoying - so I did, over a cold one, of course. ~
What does it mean? Traditionally, a Cicerone was defined as "a guide who gives information about antiquities and places of interest to sightseers." In regards to beer, the underlying meaning still rings true. Cicerone.org, the website for the Cicerone certification program created by Ray Daniels to 'bring beer the respect it deserves' defines the title this way: " A Cicerone will possess the knowledge and skills to guide those interested in beer culture, including its historic and artistic aspects."
Over a good flight of beers at Sanitas Brewing Co. in Boulder, I wondered about specific qualifications for people who wanted to pursue excellence and certification in the line of beer. This interview with Master Cicerone, Pat Fahey gives some insight into the select few who have worked to earn the title, and over on the Time's Union Beer Nut blog, some contrast between the Cicerone certification program and the Beer Judge Certification Program comes to light.
Cheers to a great day of craft beer in Boulder, and the dedicated brewers, tasters and masters that make it possible! ~ Sadie
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