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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 teaches about beer ingredients and how they are used, knowledge that will help you better understand the world of beer flavors and where they come from. 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 brewing ingredients and processes.

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 characteristics of major beer ingredients including their sources, any processing necessary prior to their use in brewing, and the properties that they impart to wort and beer.
  • Name and explain the key steps in the brewing process.
  • Determine the flavors and other traits that can occur in finished beer as a result of variations in the brewing process.
  • Discuss the basic equipment found in a brewery and differentiate between common variations that exist.