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Beer Advocate's Guide is a decent one. The abridged version is: Look at the beer. How's the color and head? Swirl it a little bit to pull out the aroma Smell it. Swirl again if need be. I recommend taking a 20 second break after smelling, then smelling again, since if you smell too long, your nose gets used to it and it becomes harder to pick up the ...


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Just like there is no standards for understanding Computer Science education there is no standardized wine or beer education. You get the education where you can. I have pretty extensive experience in both wine and beer education. At one time, long ago, I was a BJCP certified judge. I have a winemaking certificate from UC Davis (short course) Both were a ...


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According to Oz Clarke, you should burp the beer (to judge the hops). See this clip from Oz & James Drink to Britain (episode 1, starting at about 2:28): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1FH076U4Lk&t=2m28s


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Basically, they are experts in beer. They are knowledgeable in everything from the brewing process and the beer styles to properly serving beer and how to pair it with food. Yes, there are certification programs around, such as this one. I'm not sure about training, but it seems like it involves a series of exams, much like actuarial exams or the FE and PE ...


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