Beer Certification

The Beer Certification Program includes two offerings:

  1. The Certified Beer Server course is designed to prepare students for the Certified Beer Server exam, the first level of certification in the Cicerone program.
  2. The Certified Beer Professional course is designed to prepare students for the Cicerone certification exam.

Courses run consecutively, and can be taken individually, or as a 14-week package.

Upcoming courses are listed below; online registration is available. Please feel free to contact Cheryl Doherty for more information.

Upcoming beer courses

    • Sat, November 20, 2021
    • Sun, November 28, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • TBC: Bishop's Cellar Tasting Room, 3607 Strawberry Hill, Halifax
    • 12
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    Beer, Spirits and Other Beverages

    Beer

    In an industry growing increasingly competitive, breweries, bars and restaurants need exemplary service in order to gain loyal, recurring customers. This service starts with you and the knowledge and service skills you have. Our Certified Beer Server class will equip you with both the knowledge and know-how to give expert beer service to your patrons while making sure you are maximizing your businesses profit margins through beer. This two-day course will give an in-depth look at beer service including keeping and handling beer, glassware selection, proper pouring techniques as well as using and maintaining draft systems. As retail professionals we know the best way to sell beer is to know the styles and how to describe them effectively. Beer Styles and flavour evaluation will be taught from both a retail and judge point of view giving you the tools to sell your beer effectively and increase your margins. This course will give you the sales tools, beer knowledge and service skills to sell beer with confidence and elevate your customers experience.

    Sprits and Other Beverages

    Beverage alcohol culture has become much more diversified. In this section, students will learn about the major white spirits (gin, vodka, eau de vie, grappa, tequila, sake) of the world as well as the major brown spirits (scotch, whiskey, rye, rum, bourbon and brandies).

    Students will learn various production methods, differentiation in quality products, how to taste spirits, and the general principles of mixing drinks and cocktails. Students will also learn in depth about the production, and various styles of beer. Matching of beer and food will also be addressed. 

    The Beer portion will be led by Lucas Mader and Evan Fougere, both certified Cicerone's and BJCP's.  . 

    Lucas joined Bishops Cellar in the fall of 2014 after a few years working in draught system management and customer service. He loves trying new wine, beer and spirits from regions around the world to see how styles change from place to place. He says working in this industry is like “history class and sightseeing, all in a glass”. He’ll expertly pour your growler fills and ask all the right questions to help you find the best styles for your taste.

    In his free time, Lucas is passionate about music (he plays the drums), cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors- whether it is from the back of his motorcycle or camping in the backwoods. 

    Certifications: Lucas is a Certified Cicerone and BJCP Recognized Judge. He has also been studying wine through WSET, recently completing Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wine.

    Evan Fougere started working for the NSLC in 2012 while completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New Brunswick, and is currently a Product Specialist at the Wyse Road location. 

    He began studying beer, wine and spirits while working at the Port by the NSLC in 2016. He took a further interest in beer pursuing judging and his Cicerone Certification.


    In May 2018, Evan passed his Certified Cicerone exam and in October judged his first competition, the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards through the BJCP.


    In his free time, you can find him walking his German Shepherd mix all around Halifax or at a local brewery, or beer bar stressing about his fantasy football team.





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