If you think being a biersommelier is all about trying the newest and best beers and drinking all kind of nice stuff, think again ... Training for becoming a biersommelier puts beer and flavours in a whole new perspective, and unfortunately not all is well in paradise.
I told you about the Dutch championships, well, a week ago I was at the world championships Biersommelier! Dennis Kort, Pepijn van der Waa and Hubert Hecker were the Dutch delegation and Maurus, Uwe, Frans and I joined them as their cheerleaders.
As soon as I heard that I passed the level 1 exams I signed up for level 2. Level 2 consists of 12 (actually 13) detailed lessons about everything you can imagine beer related, but like every course in the end you have just scratched the surface.
I want to participate in the Dutch championships in 2020. Not to win - not saying that wouldn't be nice - but mainly to participate in the first three rounds, test myself on my knowledge and tasting abilities ánd as a bonus...
In June 2018 the Guild for Dutch Biersommeliers organised the first Dutch Championships for Biersommelier. The Champions were partly meant to figure out which three contestants would participate in the World Championships on behalf of the Netherlands.
Back to 2015. I just visited Hertog Jan, I tried a different beer every time I went to a pub, I used Untappd for over two years by then, and I hadn't begun StiBON yet. Somehow Beer in a Box came to my attention
In september 2017 I began with the StiBON course, level 1. Little did I know that what was in store for me was much more than just that little bit of extra knowledge about beer I though it would be.
This year 15 years ago Axel Kiesbye from Obertrum am See near Salzburg, Austria established the course for Diplom Biersommelier in a collaboration with Doemens-Akademie in Grafelfing near München, Germany.…