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



“incredibly eloquent”
— DRAFT Magazine


— Drink Me Magazine

“a highly articulate practitioner of the brewer’s craft”
— Edible San Francisco Magazine

a special class neophytes and serious drinkers can benefit from”
— The Washington Post

“Plain and simple, Rich makes beer interesting and exciting! He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does, and it was contagious when I worked with him on my recent corporate event. Through every aspect of planning, he was a partner in making it a huge success, following through on every detail from contract development, sourcing, and venue relations, to help with budget compliance, promotions and set-up. Rich is a consummate professional … who truly loves what he does! I wouldn’t hesitate to refer him to anyone wanting a unique program for an upcoming event.”
— Heather Ciranna, Marketing Production & Tradeshow Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health, Hudson, OH


Rich’s event at Jimmy’s was a “great time and good for all of us!”
— Jimmy Carbone, Owner, Jimmy’s No. 43, New York City

“breathes his global view and avant-garde spirit into cuisine à la biere.”
— DRAFT Magazine

“a great Captain of Craft Learning — a phenomenal teacher [whose] knowledge and enthusiasm combine to make an amazing impression of the craft beer movement!”
— Heather Castro, Owner, CA Craft Distributors, San Francisco, CA

“Rich has an ability to speak quickly and intelligently covering a lot in a short space of time in a power point manner that’s easy to digest.”
— Ross Halligan, Certified Cicerone, San Francisco, CA

“Rich is a world-class teacher and his course is a great asset to anyone preparing for the Certified Cicerone exam. Passing the test would not have been possible without his guidance.”
— Nick Reiser, Certified Cicerone, Redding, CA

“Working with Rich was very easy and the people who attended our event all had a great time. He’s a competent guide that can explain the nuances, and reasons behind them, and the event itself was an appropriate length, not too long not too short.”
— Collin Castore, Co-Owner, Seventh Son Brewing Co., Columbus, OH

“Rich’s thorough knowledge of beer styles and their history, paired with his dynamic and engaging class, was one of our more memorable office happy hours.”
— Bob Puccini, President + CEO, Puccini Group, San Francisco, CA

“Rich came to our office and did a tasting event with amazing beers and great chocolate pairings. Everyone at the company had a great time and was very impressed with his knowledge. I would highly recommend Rich Higgins to any company looking to provide their employees with some delicious suds.”
— Ari Marder, Social in SOMA, San Francisco, CA

For those who wanted to wear a sport coat, this year the incredibly eloquent Master Cicerone Rich Higgins hosted a series of beer-pairing meals, including the elegant five-course Breaking Tradition Dinner in the utterly lovely, private dining area at Mizuna. Each dish was paired with two beers of the same style, while the standout antelope loin enjoyed the company of a Samuel Smith Imperial Stout absinthe cocktail and Great Divide Yeti topped with warm basil foam.”
— Erika Rietz, Editor-in-Chief, DRAFT Magazine, in her post about the Best of the Great American Beer Fest 2013

“[Rich has] a broad perspective on different beer traditions that’s really reasoned and explains why things [in beer] are the way they are. It really changed my test prep from a process of memorizing disparate facts into one of fitting specific style info into a strong overall picture. There’s nothing like having someone whose expertise you really trust walk you through what’s going on in a glass. Time spent in class was definitely enjoyable. There’s a lot really, really informative, entertaining lecturing, and the tasting and pairing exercises are just awesome.”
— Sam Gilbert, Co-Founder, SF Brewlab, San Francisco, CA

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