019. Beer ingredients and brewing processes

Beer ingredients and brewing processes

Providing excellent beer service is more than pouring a beer, or even helping a customer select the right beer. You must be able to talk intelligently about the product and how it was made. You must know at least a little about beer ingredients and brewing processes.

018. Reading list for Certified Beer Server (part 4)

Now we’re down to the last 2 parts of the syllabus. Today we’re starting Part 4 of the Certified Beer Server Syllabus: Beer Ingredients and Brewing Processes. The syllabus just has one section for this part, which includes: grains, hops, yeast, and water. It looks like a lot of material for one section; I’ll try and fit it into one post.

016. Identify normal flavors of beer and their source

Identify normal flavors of beer and their source

The aromas and flavors in beer come from its ingredients. It’s not only the ingredients, but how they’re prepared and used in the recipe. This section discusses the three (4) main components of beer and what aromas and flavors they produce.

015. Taste and flavor

Taste and flavor

By becoming more aware of your senses and then developing a vocabulary to articulate those senses, you can develop a deeper understanding of beer. When you are better able to tease out different aromas and flavors, and when you are able to articulate those senses into words, you can better understand why different characteristics are present in a beer, you can understand what a customer wants, and you can know when a beer has gone bad.

Homebrew tasting by James Brooks on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Homebrew tasting by James Brooks on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

014. Reading list for Certified Beer Server (part 3)

Alright! We’ve gotten over the hump. That part about the beer styles was brutal, so we’ve got to be on the home stretch now. We’re now in part 3 of the Certified Beer Server syllabus: Beer Flavor and Evaluation. This is where we’re finally talking about actually tasting beer. We’re going to tease out how to evaluate a beer, how to identify the normal flavors of beer, and a bit about off-flavors. Then we’ll close up the last 2 quick sections of the syllabus. Woohoo!!

Light Reading by Martin on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Light Reading by Martin on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

013. History, characteristics, and flavor attributes of styles by region

History, characteristics, and flavor attributes of styles by region

In the previous lesson we learned how to describe a beer by its qualitative and quantitative measurements. Now we can dig into the different styles of beer.

It’s important to know the defining characteristics for a variety of beer styles. As beer servers, we’ll not only need to speak in an educated manner of the products we’re selling, but sometimes we’ll also need to help customers decide which beer they want.

Beer tasting flight at Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles, California, September 14, 2013.

Beer tasting flight at Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles, California, September 14, 2013.