Beer 101 – Staff Training

Know your wine but baffled about beer? Do your staff know their IBUs from their ABVs? Can they tell a brown ale from an amber lager? Can they recommend the perfect beer pairing for a plate of salmon or a spicy curry?

If not, it’s time to sign them up for a Beer 101 course. Beer writer and African’s only Certified Cicerone (akin to a beer sommelier) Lucy Corne presents a 90-minute training session to get bartenders, servers or managers up to speed on beer. The session includes:

  • A brief history of beer – worldwide and in South Africa
  • Sniff, taste and touch the ingredients and learn how they influence the final flavour of the beer
  • A basic look at brewing – how malt and hops are transformed into liquid gold
  • Pouring the perfect pint – dos and don’ts of pouring both draught and bottled beer
  • When beer goes bad – recognising off flavours and working out what the problem is
  • Tutored tasting – what to look for and how to describe beers to customers
  • Intro to food and beer pairing – an overview of how to match food and beer, which can be tailored to your menu and beer selection


About the presenter: Lucy is South Africa’s foremost beer writer. She writes as The Brewmistress, is the editor of On Tap Magazine and has authored two books on the South African beer scene: African Brew and Beer Safari. Lucy is a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) qualified judge and the first Certified Cicerone® in Africa.

To book, get a quote, or just to find out more, email Lucy or contact her via Twitter.