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26th March 2013

Beer Academy Sommelier’s Summer Season Tastings

A summer season of beer tastings kicks off at the White Horse at Parsons Green in April. Each of these monthly 90 minute sessions is hosted by a Beer Academy Sommelier who  will explore a different aspect of the fascinating world of beer.

23rd April St George’s Day Beers Peter Haydon
21st May Beer and Cheese Nigel Sadler with Nigel White from the British Cheese Board.
11th June Love London Beers Debbie Parker
6th August Hallelujah to Hops Debbie Parker
8th October Old World vs. New World Beers Steve Livens


Beer Academy Director Simon Jackson said “The Beer Academy’s role is to enlighten, educate and enthuse people about beer. These short courses are all about the enthusing part. There is no exam; just a fun evening discovering more about one aspect of beer with a leading expert.  And the chance to sample a range of magnificent beers.

For most people it will just be a great night out.  But for others, it can be the first step to more advanced courses and formal recognition as beer expert. ”

To find out more and book courses visit




For further information contact or +44 (0 )7808 096250


Notes for Editors


The Beer Academy is an educational body that was founded by a small group of beer enthusiasts in 2003 to help people understand, appreciate and enjoy beer sensibly.  To date over 10,000 people have attended Beer Academy courses and tasting events such as the BBC Good Food Show, the Great British Beer Festival and the British Museum as well as in pubs and bars up and down the country. The Academy offers a range of courses and qualifications ranging from a 90 minute tutored introduction to beer through to the two day Advanced Course for serious beer connoisseurs.  Full details of all Beer Academy Courses and events can be found    or follow us on Twitter @TheBeerAcademy and Facebook

How to become a Beer Sommelier.  People wishing to become Beer Academy Accredited Beer Sommeliers must have passed the following:

  1. The Beer Academy Advanced Course
  2. Beer Academy ‘How to judge beer ‘ Course
  3. The British Institute of Inn keeping (BII)  Award in Beer Cellar Quality (ABCQ) (for people working in the on trade only)

The applicant must also provide a Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating their practical competence in:

  • Use of beer menus or other similar schemes at retail level
  • Use of beer and food pairings
  • The use of beer range in retailing
  • Evidence of high beer retailing and image standards through POS, branded glassware, cellar hygiene standards and other relevant evidence

Applicants will be assessed in a viva voce with a Beer Academy examiner. The examination fee is £150 +VAT.  To apply, contact


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