Are there really only three tiers to this entire system?
Funny you should mention that! I was literally opening the envelope containing my certificate when I received an email from the Cicerone Certification Program. It turns out in the 23 seconds of my officially becoming a cicerone, they had added another level of certification: Advanced Cicerone. It was absolutely one of the richest moments of coincidence in my life.
Ha! So if I’m an avid homebrewer and love beer, is this exam right for me?
Only if you think it is and you have the time and money to do it! Like I said before, it’s an accreditation, not a magic key to a high-powered job in the beer industry. Just make sure you remember this is beer, not brain surgery, and you should be fine.
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Zach Mack is Thrillist's contributing beer writer, the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in NYC, a newly minted cicerone, and nothing else. Follow him: @zmack.