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

Deductive Beer Tasting Method

Deductive Beer Tasting Method by Rich Higgins

Method by Rich Higgins, Master Cicerone® and Certified Sommelier

Deductive Beer Tasting Method - Companion Guide Cover

Deductive Beer Tasting Method
is a way to

look under the hood

of a beer.

Master the skill of blind-tasting beer

to learn more from every beer you taste

and notice all that beer has to say!

Modeled on proven deductive wine tasting methods and adapted for the complexity of beer, Rich’s Deductive Beer Tasting Method lets you understand every beer you taste and deduce how it was made.

“Rich has created a clear and beautifully articulated beer tasting format, benefitting the novice and expert in tasting with greater precision and objectivity, better comprehension of the beer in the glass, and how the characteristics of each beer lead to better conclusions about its origin and style. Utilizing his approach has made me a better and more effective beer taster.”

— Thomas Burke, Master Sommelier

Rich has developed 3 assets to help beer tasters learn the DBTM and make the most of this informed method of tasting:

With the Deductive Beer Tasting Method, you’ll learn the route to honing your palate, building rich and accurate descriptors, isolating beer traits, deducing ingredients and techniques, connecting the dots between traits, technique, and quality.

It’ll allow you to learn even more from beer —
and it’s like getting to know an old friend all over again!

Take a look at the method used by sommeliers to blind taste wine:
Court of Master Sommeliers – Americas
Deductive Wine Tasting Format (234 KB)

Benchmark Beer Tasting Grids

Practice the Method and compare your own tasting notes to the
Tasting Grids of benchmark beers.

Upcoming Classes on
Deductive Beer Tasting

An essential class for all beer drinkers and brewers, whether you’re a novice learning to tell the difference between an ale and a lager, or an advanced taster differentiating between a Düsseldorf Altbier or a California Common

    • Blind Beer Tasting Master Class: Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco, CA, February 12, 2020
    • Blind Beer Tasting Master Class: Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      Belmont Station, Portland, OR, January 19, 2020
    • Blind Beer Tasting Master Class: Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      Belmont Station, Portland, OR, January 18, 2020
    • Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      TEXSOM, Dallas-Las Colinas, TX, August 19, 2019
    • Deductive Beer Tasting Method: A Method to the Sensory Madness
      HomebrewCon National Homebrewers Conference, Providence, RI, June 29, 2019
    • Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      Treadwell Park, New York, NY, June 26, 2019
    • Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      San Francisco Wine School, San Francisco, CA, February 4, 2019
    • Deductive Beer Tasting Method
      Belmont Station, Portland, OR, January 26, 2019

    • No DBTM classes are currently scheduled.

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