Master Cicerone
Brewmaster
Certified Sommelier
Consultant
à la Bière
San Francisco
Consultant à la Bière
Master Cicerone


Events & Classes

Photo by Ahna Kennedy

Photo by Ahna Kennedy

Beer School

in The Sour Room at Mikkeller Bar SF
link to all Beer School classes


Beer 201: Pilsner!
June 3, 2018

Beer 101: Most Important Beer Styles
July 1, 2018

Beer 201: Sour Beer Workshop
August 5, 2018

Beer Immersions

to Belgium & Germany
link to all Beer Immersions


Beer Immersion: Brussels
Sept 2018
Brussels, Belgium

Beer Immersion: Antwerp
Sept 2018
Antwerp, Belgium

Beer Immersion: Cologne
Sept 2018
Cologne, Germany

Beer Immersion: Munich
Sept 2018
Munich, Germany

Beer Immersion: Regensburg
Sept 2018
Regensburg, Germany

Beer Immersion: Bamberg
Sept 2018
Bamberg, Germany



Archive of Public Events & Classes

    • “Beer Jedi Eve with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins”
      Pub 365, Las Vegas, NV, 5/3/2018
    • “Off-Flavors – Advanced 12″
      Treadwell Park, New York, NY, 3/26/2018
    • “Beer 101: Intro to Belgian Beer”
      Rich Higgins Beer School, Mikkeller Bar SF, 5/6/2018
    • “Off-Flavors Advanced 12 – Good Beer Edition”
      Rich Higgins Beer School, The Beer Hall, SF, 2/17/2018
    • “Beer 101: Yeast and Fermentation”
      Rich Higgins Beer School, Mikkeller Bar SF, 1/7/2018
    • “Beer School Beer 201: Sour Beer Workshop”
      Rich Higgins Beer School, Mikkeller Bar SF, 12/3/2017
    • “Beer School Beer 201: Off-Flavors – Advanced 12″
      Rich Higgins Beer School, Mikkeller Bar SF, 8/6/2017
    • “Beer School Beer 101: Hops”
      Rich Higgins Beer School, Mikkeller Bar SF, 8/13/2017
    • “Beer School Beer 101: Off-Flavors – Essential 6″
      Rich Higgins Beer School, Mikkeller Bar SF, 8/27/2017
    • “Bringing Beer To Your Beverage Program” (panel member)
      Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA, 7/20/2016
    • “Perfecting On-Premise Staff Training”
      Craft Brewers Conference, Philadephia, PA, 5/5/2016
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Dark Beer”
      18 Reasons, SF, 1/25/2016
    • “Origins of Hoppy Beers”
      The Beer Hall, SF, 10/27/2015
    • “Bringing Balance To Beverage Menus”
      Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, CA, 10/20/2015
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Acidity & Sour Beer”
      18 Reasons, SF, 10/14/2015
    • “Pilsner’s New Craft Revival”
      Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO, 9/26/2015
    • “Sour Beer Primer”
      California Academy of Sciences, SF, 9/3/2015
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Yeast”
      18 Reasons, SF, 4/8/2015
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Oak-Aged”
      18 Reasons, SF, 1/27/2015
    • “Tasting Beyond the Scoresheet” Presentation to the SF Homebrewers Guild
      Anchor Brewing Co., SF, 1/20/2015
    • “Beers Worth Celebrating”
      18 Reasons, SF, 12/10/2014
    • “California Beer & Whiskey Extravaganza” Event co-curated with Plumpjack Wines
      MatrixFillmore, SF, 11/4/2014
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Sour Beers”
      18 Reasons, SF, 8/13/2014
    • “Pilsner Journey: Exploring the Regional and Technical Variations of Pilsner”
      Barrel Head Brewhouse, SF, 8/12/2014
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Hops”
      18 Reasons, SF, 7/29/2014
    • “Blind Tasting Beer Like A Cicerone”
      DCanter Wines, Washington, DC, 4/24/2014
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Malt”
      18 Reasons, SF, 4/16/2014
    • “Science of Beer Cravings Seminar at Nightlife”
      California Academy of Sciences, SF, 2/13/2014
    • “Trappist Tasting Tour with Plumpjack Wines”
      Matrix Fillmore, SF, 2/11/2014
    • “Sour Beer Class,”
      18 Reasons, SF, 6/25/2013
    • “Drinking & Brewing Like the Belgians”
      Pizza Paradiso Georgetown, Washington, DC, 6/10/2013
    • “Rusticity & Elegance: Contemporary Beers With A Hint Of The Past”
      Seventh Son Brewery, Columbus, OH – 6/5/2013
    • “Indiana Summer Beer Class”
      Tomlinson Tap Room, Indianapolis, IN – 6/3/2013
    • “Detailed Off-Flavors Tasting Class”
      Steep Brew, SF – 10/21/2013
    • “Detailed Off-Flavors Tasting Class”
      Steep Brew, SF – 7/15/2013
    • “Rusticity & Elegance: Contemporary Beers That Celebrate A Hint Of The Past”
      Bodega, Columbus, OH – 6/5/2013
    • “Barleywine Off-Flavors Seminar,”
      The Toronado, SF – 2/15/2013
    • “Nerdy and Natural: Mid-City Beer Hike” 4-mile urban hike led by Rich Higgins, plus a botanist, an avian biologist, a land preservationist, and a geologist
      SF, 2/18/2012
    • “U.S. Beer Tradition”
      Beer Traditions Classes, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF – 1/8/2012
    • “Belgian Beer Tradition”
      Beer Traditions Classes, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF – 12/6/2011
    • “German Beer Tradition”
      Beer Traditions Classes, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF – 11/13/2011
    • “U.K. Beer Tradition”
      Beer Traditions Classes, Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF – 11/6/2011
    • Panel Discussion Moderator, “Brewing Industry Forefathers and Pioneers with Matt Brynildson, Mark Carpenter, Vinnie Cilurzo, Brian Hunt, Shaun O’Sullivan, Pete Slosberg, and Terence Sullivan”
      SF Beer Week 2011 Opening Gala, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF – 2/13/2011

    • “Old World vs. New World Cheese & Beer Pairings”
      Alphabet City Beer Co., New York, NY, 3/28/2018
    • “Cheese & Beer Pairing: Sour vs. Hoppy”
      Artisan Cheese Festival, Santa Rosa, CA, 3/24/2018
    • “Cheese & Beer Pairing 101 with Laura Werlin and Rich Higgins”
      The Battery, SF, 2/2/2016
    • “Feast of French Flanders”
      Bon Marche Brasserie, SF, 1/26/2016
    • “French Farmhouse Beer Tasting & Pairing”
      Bon Marche Brasserie, SF, 11/5/2015
    • “Beer Pairing With French Brasserie Bites”
      The Hall, SF, 7/11/2015
    • “Backyard Barbecue Beers & Grilled Pairings”
      18 Reasons, SF, 7/1/2015
    • “Vegan Valentine’s Pink Beer Dinner: a Citizen Fox Pop-Up Dinner”
      Naked Kitchen, SF, 2/12/2015
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Food Pairing Techniques”
      18 Reasons, SF, 2/11/2015
    • “Citizen Fox Pop-Up Dinner with Beer Pairings”
      Naked Kitchen, SF, 1/16/2015
    • “Citizen Fox Pop-Up Dinner with Beer Pairings”
      Naked Kitchen, SF, 12/12/2014
    • “Citizen Fox Pop-Up Dinner with Beer Pairings”
      Naked Kitchen, SF, 11/14/2014
    • “Oktoberfest: Food & Beer! Cooking Class”
      San Francisco Cooking School, SF, 10/3/2014
    • “Terroir de Sonoma Beer & Cheese Pairing Seminar”
      CA Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, CA, 3/22/2014
    • “Beer and Barbecue Pairing Class and Lunch”
      Southpaw BBQ, SF, 2/22/2014
    • “Rich Higgins Beer Workshop: Food Pairing Techniques”
      18 Reasons, SF, 2/15/2014
    • “IPA & Food Pairing Seminar at Beer Talks with Almanac Beer Co.”
      Fairmont Hotel, SF, 2/08/14
    • “Harvest Beer and Food Pairings”
      18 Reasons, SF, 10/16/2013
    • “Beyond the Spicy Frontier: New Strategies for Pairing IPAs Perfectly With Food”
      Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO, 10/12/2013
    • “Breaking Tradition”
      Beer Dinner, Mizuna, Denver, CO, 10/9/2013
    • “Pre-SAVOR Beer Bootcamp” co-hosted with Samuel Merritt,
      Jimmy’s No. 43, New York, NY, 6/13/2013
    • “Cheese Meets Beer” co-hosted with Janet Fletcher
      CA Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, CA, 3/23/2013
    • “Springtime Beer and Food Pairings”
      18 Reasons, SF, 3/6/2013
    • “Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. Beer Dinner”
      Jardinière, SF, 2/11/2013
    • “SF Beer Week Beer and Spirits Pairings”
      Delarosa, SF, 2/9/2013
    • “SF Beer Week Beer and Food Pairings”
      Delarosa, SF, 2/9/2013
    • “East Coast and West Coast Beer and Cheeses”
      From Ales To Fromage: Explorations in Beer and Cheese, Public House, SF, 11/8/2012
    • “Beer Brunch”
      Lou’s Food Bar, Denver, CO, 10/14/2012
    • “Great German Beer Dinner”
      Russell’s Smokehouse, Denver, CO, 10/10/2012
    • “Farmhouse Beers and Farmhouse Cheeses”
      From Ales To Fromage: Explorations in Beer and Cheese, Piccino, SF, 10/3/2012
    • “Cowgirls and Brewers: Beer and Cheese Pairs”
      SF Chefs Festival Seminar, Union Square, SF, 8/5/2012
    • “Lamb Butchery and Beer Pairing”
      SF Chefs Festival Preview Event, Ferry Building, SF, 7/14/2012
    • “Farewell to Foie”
      Starbelly, SF, 6/19/2012
    • “Beer & Valentine’s Day Chocolate” with food from Chocolate Covered, Beer and Food Pairing Classes
      Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF, 2/13/2012
    • “SF Beer Week Beer and Food Pairings”
      Delarosa, SF, 2/11/2012
    • “Beer & Super Bowl Eats” with food from 4505 Meats, Beer and Food Pairing Classes
      Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF, 1/29/2012
    • “Beer & Italian Food” with food from Delarosa, Beer and Food Pairing Classes
      Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF, 12/18/2011
    • “Beer & Thanksgiving Food” with food from Firefly, Beer and Food Pairing Classes
      Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, SF, 11/20/2011
    • “Beer and Salumi Pairing”
      SF Chefs Festival Preview Event, Ferry Building, SF, 7/23/2011
    • “Drinking Like a Master Cicerone: How To Fully Taste and Evaluate Beer”
      Social Kitchen & Brewery, SF, 2/19/2011
    • “SF Beer Week 2011 Beer Dinner”
      Beretta, SF, 2/16/2011
    • “SF Beer Week 2011 Beer Dinner”
      Starbelly, SF, 2/15/2011
    • “SF Beer Week Beer and Food Pairings”
      Delarosa, SF, 2/12/2011
    • “La Fromagère & Der Braumeister: Artisan Cheese and Beer Pairing with Monteillet Fromagerie”
      Social Kitchen & Brewery, SF, 7/29/2010
    • “SF Beer Week 2010 Beer Dinner”
      Beretta, SF, 2/8/2010
    • “SF Beer Week 2010 Beer Dinner”
      Starbelly, SF, 2/7/2010
    • “SF Beer Week Beer and Food Pairings”
      Delarosa, SF, 2/6/2010
    • “SF Beer Week 2009 Beer Dinner”
      The Fifth Floor, SF, 2/7/2009

    • Certified Cicerone Exam Prep Course

    • “Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone® Exam”
      Mikkeller Bar SF, February-March 2018
    • “Advanced Beer Off-Flavors Seminar”
      The Beer Hall, San Francisco, CA, 2/11-12/2017
    • “Beer 301: Advanced Issues in Beer”
      Abbot’s Cellar and Monk’s Kettle, SF, January-May 2015
    • “Beer Sensory Analysis, Off-Flavors & Blind Tasting Clinic”
      Steep Brew, SF, 6/8/2014
    • “Cicerone Group Tutoring Sessions”
      Abbot’s Cellar, SF, March-June 2014
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Crunch Course”
      Steep Brew, SF, 11/5/2013
    • “Detailed Off-Flavors Tasting Class”
      Steep Brew, SF, 10/21/2013
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Full Prep Course”
      Steep Brew, SF, 10/21/2013-11/4/2013
    • “Detailed Off-Flavors Tasting Class”
      Steep Brew, SF, 7/15/2013
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Full Prep Course”
      Steep Brew, SF, 7/15/2013 – 8/15/2013
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Crunch Course”
      The Toronado, SF, 4/1/2013
    • “Detailed Off-Flavors Tasting Class”
      Steep Brew, SF, 3/4/2013
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Full Course”
      The Toronado, SF, 3/4/2013-3/25/2013
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Crunch Course”
      750 Lounge, Hilton SF Financial District, SF, 1/8/2013
    • “Detailed Off-Flavors Tasting Class”
      Public House, SF, 1/7/2013
    • “Certified Cicerone Exam Prep: Full Course”
      Public House, SF, 12/3/2012-1/7/2013