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Note: This course assigns readings in The Oxford Companion to Beer. Your purchase does NOT include The Oxford Companion to Beer, but the book is available from various online retailers in print or as an eBook or a copy can be borrowed from your local library.

The online course reviews key ingredients, important brewing processes, and the origin of flavors of beers ranging from American lager styles to a variety of experimental, specialty styles. At the end of the course, take the included online practice quiz to reinforce your knowledge. When you pass the practice quiz, you’ll receive a digital badge to demonstrate you’ve mastered the essentials of American beer styles.

While this course is highly recommended for those preparing for the Certified Cicerone® exam, the lessons and discussion questions also cover content from the Advanced and Master Cicerone syllabi.

In this course, you will:

  • Identify the unique ingredients and processes responsible for various flavors found in American beers.
  • Describe the history of brewing in the United States, including when and how each of the major modern styles came into being.
  • Identify 20 American beer styles based on a description of their flavors and vital statistics (ABV, IBUs, etc.).
  • Identify glassware typically used for serving each style of beer.
  • Discriminate between similar styles of American beers based on taste.
  • Discuss the various specialty categories of beer found in the United States.