Beer sommelier training

The training as a beer sommelier gives you deep insights into the world of beer variety and the art of brewing. In addition, you will learn how to tap and present beer properly, how to create a beer menu and how to advise guests on food pairing. Within the course of our popular training as a beer sommelier, the team around the Ottakringer master brewer brings the participants closer to everything important and worth knowing about beer in order to become a true expert in beer and brewing culture.

What does a beer sommelier actually do?

A great deal, according to the Austrian Brewery Association: "Beer sommeliers concentrate on beer as a cultural drink. They regard themselves as advisers for both the guests and the restaurateurs. The guest receives information about the beer production process, selecting the right beer for a particular dish, and finds out everything about the positive, healthy effects of moderate beer consumption. He learns how to orient his senses to pleasurable beer consumption in beer seminars and tasting sessions. The beer sommelier is responsible for the quality of the beer that is served, and the perfect presentation of the beer to the guest. He designs the beer menu, advises the chef concerning beer dishes, and organises beer purchasing. He increases beer turnover by means of active beer marketing. He is familiar with beer production and is also capable of working in breweries as a field service employee or during brewery tours.” (Austrian Brewery Association)

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“Beer sommeliers are experts who are employed specially for the promotion and preservation of Austrian beer and brewing culture. They know that they should describe beer as one of the oldest cultural drinks and convey this to their guests.”

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We show you the way to becoming a beer expert in our beer sommelier training! We recommend the Beerkeeper [Green Level] training as a more compact alternative for providing a solid foundation of basic knowledge which also takes place at regular intervals in our brewery. Here are all of the details.

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Dates course #18

27 January 2020
28 January 2020: Brewing day
3 February 2020
4 February 2020
10 February 2020
11 February 2020: Theoretical test after end of lesson
14 February 2020: Practical test

Dates course #19 

07 September 2020
08 September  2020: Brewing day
14 September 2020
15 September 2020
21 September 2020
22 September 2020: Theoretical test after end of lesson
25 September 2020: Practical test

Location

All sessions take place in the Ottakringer Brewery, Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160 Vienna.

Goal

Providing all the relevant knowledge of the beer sommelier vocation: Starting with professional cellar management calculations based on inventory, storage, bar hygiene, to the complete harmony of food and beer.

Target group

Restaurateurs, managers and employees in hotels and hospitality, the beverage trade and the beer trade as well as employees of breweries and interested people who would like to obtain expert knowledge of beer.

Course Structure

The training is carried out in 3 modules. Each model consists of 2 days of theory and practical education. Lessons are held from 08:00 - 17:00. There is 80% compulsory attendance. The course includes a brew day. More details on the location follow, once registered.

Optional: Beer & food pairing as well as a tour through the Ottakringer Brewery (both after lessons end).

Content

Beer production
brewing process overview | raw materials | malting | mashing | purifying | hop cooking | cooling & fermentation | storage & bottling | other ingredients

Beer presentation
beer styles | beer types | beer tasting procedure | beer tasting technical terms | national tasting | international tasting

Beer culture
beer history | correspondence beer & food | beer menu | beer glasses | beer mix drinks | booking with beer | beer & health | beer today | beer landscape Austria

Tapping
legal bases | requirements (beer care) | tapping technique | tapping draft beer | pouring bottled beer | tapping errors | cleaning & maintenance | beer purchase

Management and lecturers

  • Dipl. Ing. Tobias Frank
  • Mag. Dipl. Ing. Bernhard Bugelmüller
  • The Biersepp
  • Peter Fröschl
  • Silvan Leeb

Registration

For registration and information about training, email us at: biersommelier@ottakringer.at

The course is designed for 10 to 15 students. 

The course language is German.

Prices

The course costs €1,150 excluding VAT.
This includes all training documents, tasting drinks, brew days and brewery tours, lunch, coffee and snacks.
Test fees of €50 (excl. VAT) will be charged separately by the Austrian Brewery Association.

Course fees are due at registration, the invoice will be sent with the registration confirmation.
Cancellations will be accepted free of charge up to 14 days before the start of the course. The full amount is due if cancellation takes place later.
The course will take place with a minimum of 10 participants. Maximum 15 persons can be registered.
For organisational reasons the Ottakringer Brewery reserves the right to cancel the course up to 14 days before start. In this case, a replacement course will be organised.