Master Cicerone
Brewmaster
Certified Sommelier
Consultant
à la Bière
Bozeman, Montana
Master Cicerone
Consultant à la Bière


Prep Courses for Cicerone® Exams

with Master Cicerone and Brewmaster Rich Higgins



On this page:

Video Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone® Exam (and PowerPoint Visuals) [Jump to Video Prep Course]


Crunch Class and Practice Test for the
Certified Cicerone® Exam – SF Beer Week 2020 [Jump to Crunch Class]


Video Prep Course for the
Certified Cicerone® Exam

Video Course Certified Cicerone Preview
Level-up your beer knowledge. Watching videos of Rich’s Prep Course is like sitting in on class!

Watch the Series Trailer and head to my Vimeo On-Demand Page

PowerPoints Featured in the Videos

available for purchase!

My videos show the slides from my PowerPoint decks. If you’d like to have your own copy of the PowerPoint decks, you can enhance your learning and purchase the PDFs of the PowerPoint decks featured in the class videos! You can purchase PowerPoints that accompany individual videos for $1.99 each, or purchase a discounted package of all 10 PowerPoints for $14.99. After purchasing, I will email you the PDFs to the email address you have on file with PayPal. Please send me a message if you prefer I use a different email address.


Powerpoint PDFs






CC Prep Course Powerpoint PDFs




Video Series Poster



CRUNCH CLASS & PRACTICE TEST FOR THE CERTIFIED CICERONE® EXAM

at Public House (@ Oracle Park), 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA
Monday, 2/10/20, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
3 hrs, tastes of 10 beers and 2 foods
$80
Tickets? Buy securely via Paypal, immediately below
Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

PayPal Purchase for Crunch Class

Select a class — defaults to Sat 2/8/20 Off-Flavors Tasting, but click on the black arrow to select 2/10/20 CC Crunch Class.


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Class Description:

In this fun and education-packed crunch class, you’ll learn and review the trickiest material for the Certified Cicerone® Exam, and then put it to the test with practice written and tasting exams developed by Rich Higgins. Rich is a Master Cicerone®, Certified Sommelier, former SF brewmaster, and experienced beer educator.

In this class, you’ll

  • Test your beer knowledge.
  • Review difficult beer material.
  • Gain valuable perspectives on brewing, beer service, and regional beer style characteristics.
  • Learn tasting technique and food pairing guided by a Master Cicerone.
  • Put yourself through the paces before the upcoming San Francisco Certified Cicerone® Exam in April.
  • (And, hey — it’s cheaper than re-taking the exam!)

Ticket purchasers will also get a discount for 20% off Rich’s online Video Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone® Exam (click here for more info), streaming on Vimeo-on-Demand.


Photo: Kriek Lambic Barrel
This crunch class is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone® program. It has been developed independently by Master Cicerone Rich Higgins, and is a distilled version of his popular multi-day Prep Course for the Certified Cicerone® Exam.

We’ll spend 2 hours covering:

  • ingredients, mashing, fermentation, and keeping & serving, while sampling different malts and hops
  • German, Belgian, British, and American beer styles, with blind tasting of 4 different beers
  • food & beer pairing, with a tasting of 2 different pairings

Then the final hour will consist of:

  • 30-minute practice written exam
  • 15-minute practice tasting exam, including beer style and off-flavor identification
  • with self-grading and discussion immediately following


Photo: German Brewhouse

The class is perfect not just for folks studying for the CC exam, but also for beer geeks, brewers, BJCP judges, and anyone curious about what it takes to pass the exam!

Rich is proud to hold class at Public House, a classic San Francisco sports and beer bar that always features a phenomenal beer list, cask-conditioned ales, and great SF Beer Week events.

Topics Covered: beer ingredients, brewing processes including mashing, enzymes and fermentation, keeping & serving, German, Belgian, British, and American beer styles, blind beer tasting, food & beer pairing and tasting


Photo: Cheese and Beer Pairing
Photo: Westmalle Beers



Information about
Multi-Day Prep Courses for Cicerone® Exams
Not Currently Scheduled – Request to Schedule

Multi-day prep courses are not currently scheduled.
They were last taught publicly in February-March 2018 in San Francisco at Mikkeller Bar SF, and they are also taught privately for beverage industry clients.

Rich is always looking to teach these courses and hopes to schedule them again soon.
If you are an individual or a business interested in Rich’s Prep Courses for Cicerone® Exams, please contact him.

Click to Send Rich a Message

Photo: Beer Class

Master Cicerone Rich Higgins’s In-Person Prep Courses are designed to help students prepare for Cicerone Exams. Developed and taught by Rich, the courses are comprised of multiple class periods, and allow serious beer fans and professionals to develop the necessary skills, perspective, and knowledge for confidence and success within beer service and Cicerone exams.

Rich is an experienced brewmaster, one of 18 Master Cicerones in the world, and a Certified Sommelier. He’s an experienced beer educator, having taught over 100 beer classes, and combines great information, personality, and beer into unforgettable classes.

Please Note:

  • The courses are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.
  • The courses are not substitutes for self-study and preparation for Cicerone exams. (The courses guide your study and mastery of the material, but you will still have to study on your own for your exam.)
  • All class attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
  • The terms Certified Cicerone®, Advanced Cicerone®, and Master Cicerone® are registered trademarks of the Cicerone Certification Program. More information is available at www.cicerone.org.

Testimonials:

“Rich’s class was a key factor in my successful preparation. I would recommend his class to anyone preparing for the Certified Cicerone exam.”

– Certified Cicerone®, previous student

“Passing the Certified Cicerone Exam would not have been possible without Rich’s guidance. He is a world-class teacher and his course is a great asset to anyone preparing for the Certified Cicerone exam.”

– Certified Cicerone®, previous student

“Rich has an ability to speak intelligently, covering a lot in a short span of time in an easy-to-digest, Power-Point manner.”

– Certified Cicerone®, previous student


Photo: Beer Cheese CharcuteriePhoto: Westmalle Burger



In-Person Prep Course
for the Certified Cicerone® Exam

Dates and Times:

  • Class 1: not currently scheduled
  • Class 2: not currently scheduled
  • Class 3: not currently scheduled
  • Class 4: not currently scheduled
  • Class 5: not currently scheduled

Price: $650

  • payable in full or in installments — $325 first installment to reserve your space, then $325 second installment anytime before third class period
  • includes a draft beer of your choice on date of each class period (up to $10)

  • In-Person Course consists of 5 class periods and includes in-class quizzes, hand-outs, structured tastings of over 20 beers, 6 beer off-flavors, and food pairings, plus a 4-course beer dinner at Mikkeller Bar SF.
  • This course is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.
  • Reserve your space securely via Paypal
    Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

    Details: Designed for Certified Cicerone exam candidates, Certified Beer Servers, brewers, and beer fans with a foundation of beer knowledge, this course offers in-depth instruction in the five different areas of expertise required of Certified Cicerones. Course includes five class periods, each of which includes blind tastings of beer for assessment of style, servability, off-flavors, and food pairing recommendations, and each class demonstrates food pairing strategy with a wide variety of food dishes. Course also includes enjoying and learning from a 4-course beer dinner, as well as a detailed off-flavor sensory tasting seminar, covering six primary off-flavors included in the Certified Cicerone® Syllabus. The course is a full exploration of many areas of beer and issues pertinent to the Certified Cicerone exam, and prepares the candidate for knowledge and confidence on the exam. This course complements — but is not a substitute for — self-study and preparation for the exam. This course is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.

    Photo: Sour Beer ClassPhoto: Rich Teaching Beer Class

    Topics: deductive tasting, brewing ingredients & processes, food pairing theory, detailed off-flavors tasting (open and blind tastings), German/Czech styles, Belgian/French styles, British/Irish styles, US styles, keeping & serving, draft systems, blind tasting and food pairings each class, 4-course beer dinner, and more



    In-Person Prep Course
    for the Certified Beer Server Exam

    Dates and Times:

    • Class 1: not currently scheduled
    • Class 2: not currently scheduled

    Price: $250

    • includes a draft beer of your choice on date of each class period (up to $10)

  • In-Person Course consists of 2 class periods and includes in-class practice exam, hand-outs, and structured tasting of 6 beers.
  • This course is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.
  • Reserve your space securely via Paypal
    Questions? Click to Send Rich a Message

    Details: Designed for Certified Beer Server exam candidates, hospitality industry, and beer fans. No prior beer knowledge necessary. This Course includes two class periods, each of which includes structured tastings of beer. This Course will lay a foundation of beer and hospitality knowledge necessary to prepare for the Certified Beer Server exam and prepares students for confidence on the exam. This course complements — but is not a substitute for — self-study and preparation for the exam. This course is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.

    Photo: Beer Off Flavors

    Topics: brewing ingredients & processes, beer flavor and evaluation, keeping and serving beer, beer styles, practice test, 2 beer tastings, and more

  • The terms Certified Cicerone®, Advanced Cicerone®, and Master Cicerone® are registered trademarks.
  • Online registration and payment for the exams is required at www.cicerone.org. Please familiarize yourself with the Cicerone Certification Program’s own prerequisites for taking the exams.
  • More information, including course syllabi, exam prerequisites, and exam registration, is available at www.cicerone.org.


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    Photo: Rich Teaching Class


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