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.
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.
Did you know that how you handle your bought beers affects the taste, fragrance and quality of the beer almost as much as the brewing process itself?
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.
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.
Kiesbye called it the fifth ingredient and I have to agree. Having experimented with glassware for almost a year now, the glass you choose for your beer can really make the difference in taste and smell and overall experience.