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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 the key ingredients, important brewing processes, and the origin of flavors of beers from England, Ireland, and Scotland. 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 British and Irish 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 English, Irish, and Scottish beers.
  • Describe the history of brewing in Britain and Ireland from the 1700s onward, including when and how each of the major modern styles came into being.
  • Identify the styles of beer native to England, Ireland, and Scotland based on a description of their flavors and vital statistics (abv, IBUs, etc.).
  • Identify glassware typically used for serving each style of beer.
  • Describe the process of serving traditional cask ale.
  • Discriminate between similar styles of British, Irish, and Scottish ales based on taste.