Why This Course?
- 1Beer should be an integral part of culinary education. It accounts for more than $100 billion in sales in the U.S., compared to $50 billion for wine, and is an expected addition to restaurant beverage menus. With this course, culinary educators and students join the 5,000+ American small and independent craft brewers who are helping beer reclaim its place at the dinner table.
- 2The free self-directed CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course was designed specifically with the culinary student in mind. Students will learn about beer as a beverage, pairing beer with food and how to pour and present beer at the table. In addition to lectures, suggested readings and a two-part final exam, instructors will guide students through two tasting sessions of 10 beer styles and a food pairing session.
- 3Co-authored by a Culinary Institute of America graduate and a Certified Cicerone®, this is the thoughtful and thorough crash course in beer and food that you’ve been looking for. The course is published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts.
Ways to Learn
- 1Self-Guided Professional Course: This manual is available in two formats:
- 2NEW! Four-Part Video Lecture Series: In order to provide multiple platforms for students, CraftBeer.com now offers four videos that work in conjunction with the Professional Course manual to help students continue to develop their beer and food knowledge. These videos, hosted by Adam Dulye and Julia Herz, are not meant to replace the manual; rather, the authors expound on concepts and give students the option to learn visually. The video lectures can be purchased individually ($30) or as a bundle ($99).
- 3Self-Guided Enthusiast Course: This manual is currently only available in a free digital format (PDF). This shorter version introduces the same concepts, but is geared toward the home cook and craft beer lover.
Professional Course Manual
In Section One, students get an introduction to craft beer. You’ll learn about the history of the beverage, homebrewing, the brewing process and ingredients. This section also familiarizes you with the definition of a craft brewer.
Understanding how to taste, pour and present beer allows chefs to better integrate beer with food. Section Two includes the first tasting session, takes a detailed look at what makes up a beer’s flavor profile and provides instructions about how to properly pour and present craft beer.
Section Three of the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course dives deeper into flavors in beer and examines how those flavors combine with different foods and ingredients. Students are led through the second tasting session. They’ll also learn to identify subtleties and off-flavors in beer.
America is a beer loving nation and this section provides statistics to support the fact that diners want craft beer at the table. Students will learn three common pairing interactions as well as pairing terms. This section also introduces you to cheese, charcuterie and chocolate pairings.
Section Five allows students to experience interactions between common beer styles and common food ingredients. You’ll also learn how to properly store beer, identify stale beer, and how to correctly age beer.
Instructor Guide & Final Exam
At the end of the manual, you’ll find an instructor guide, 50-question written exam (answer key) and instructions for a two-part pairing exam, during which students will create a three-course menu, prepare the dishes and select appropriate craft beer pairings.
There are a number of resources (charts, infographics, tasting mat and beer evaluation sheet) included in the course that students may find useful on their own. Learn more about each of these free resources.
NEW! Video Lecture Series
In order to provide multiple platforms for students, CraftBeer.com now offers four video courses that work in conjunction with the Professional Course manual to help students continue to develop their beer and food knowledge. These videos, hosted by Adam Dulye and Julia Herz, are not meant to replace the manual, rather the authors expound on concepts and give students the option to learn visually. Each of the video lectures is accompanied by a quiz, which students must pass with an 80% score in order to receive a certificate of completion. Each video can be purchased individually or as a bundle.
- Part 1: An Introduction to Beer ($30)
- Part 2: Beer Service & Storage ($30)
- Part 3: Beer Styles ($30)
- Part 4: Beer & Food Pairing ($30)
- Take all Four! ($99)
Who’s Behind the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course?
Chef Adam Dulye
Dulye (pronounced “doo-lee”) is executive chef for the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com. Dulye is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has helmed kitchens with a craft beer focus from the mountains of Colorado to San Francisco. Dulye also oversees the culinary side of SAVOR®: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, Paired at the Great American Beer Festival® and the World Beer Cup®.
Herz is the Craft Beer Program director at the Brewers Association, publisher of CraftBeer.com. She is a BJCP-certified beer judge, an award-winning homebrewer, a Certified Cicerone® and a beer educator. She has been featured by The Splendid Table, The Food Network’s Unwrapped, CNBC’s Closing Bell, Good Morning America Live and is a regular beer blogger for HuffPost Taste. She is also the co-author of “Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros” from Voyageur Press.
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