I've been a friend and co-conspirator with Cicerone founder Ray Daniels for many years, and we've supported each other in our endeavors and paired up on more than a few. I'm an enthusiastic fan of the Cicerone program and believe we're seeing tangible results out there in the marketplace in the form of better beer, served in great condition through a clean and appropriate tap system, in the proper glass. There's a lot more work to be done, but I've been happy to help with the syllabus, occasional feedback, special training and master exams.

If you're not familiar with the Cicerone program, it's a three-tiered certification program via a series of rigorous exams. The link here can give you a lot more information.

I'm thrilled that Ray and his staff recommend my Tasting Beer as a sort of a textbook for the program.