Beer sommelier training

Become a qualified beer sommelier? No problem - the experienced team at Ottakringer with their sound brewing knowledge will teach you everything about the various facets of beer. An intensive training is the perfect opportunity to become a real beer culture expert.

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 of 15th. COURSE 

28th January 2019
29th January 2019 -  Brewing Day
4th/5th February  2019
11th February  2019

12th February 2019: theoretical test after end of lesson
15th February 2019: practical test

DATES of 16th. COURSE 

25th March 2019
26th March 2019 -  Brewing Day
01st/2nd April 2019
08th April  2019

9th April 2019: theoretical test after end of lesson
12th April 2019: practical test

DATES of 17th. COURSE 

09th September 2019
10th September 2019 -  Brewing Day
16th/17th September  2019
23rd September  2019

24th September 2019: theoretical test after end of lesson
27th September 2019: practical test

Location

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

More information about the contents can be found here.

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.