Advanced Beercierge

Advanced Exam(s)

In order to take this exam, you will need to already be a Certified Beercierge, having taken and passed the exam, in its entirety, within the past 24 months (you must wait 12 months from the passing and completion date of all portions of your Certified Exam to take this exam). If you are being mentored by a Master Beercierge (or equivalent), you will be allowed up to 36 months. Our recommendation is that you will have been in the beer business for a minimum of three years before being at this level.


Online Exam (pass this first)

  • 1 hour, 120 questions
  • P/NP (80% to pass)
  • If you don’t pass the exam, you can retake it for a reduced rate of $75, but you must wait 90 days. If you don’t pass the exam the second time, you can retake it again for $75, but you must wait 180 days.

In-Person Exam

  • Written (5 questions; 40 minutes)
  • Salesmanship (real experiences and customer interactions; sell by style, country, region, beer & food pairings, hospitality interactions; 25 minutes) and
  • Tasting (via a Beercierge grid; taste and identify five beers in 30 minutes)
  • P/NP (80% to pass)

The Advanced In-Person Exam must be taken within 12 months of taking the Advanced Online Exam. If it is not, you’ll need to retake that exam first, but can do so for a reduced fee of $75. There is no time hold between the Advanced Online and the In-Person Exams. You can take them back to back, if you like, but you must allow time for evaluation and acceptance of your Online Exam. Our recommendation is allow at least one week between exams. All In-Person Exams will be given in Belmont, MA at The Society of Master Beercierge (85 Leonard Street, Lower Level), unless otherwise specified.

Recommended Reading List:

  • Tasting Beer
  • Setting The Table
  • Beer Pairing (Herz & Conley)
  • The Beer Bible (Jeff Alworth)
  • IPA (Mitch Steele)
  • Wild Brews (Jeff Sparrow)
  • Brew Like A Monk (Stan Hieronymus)
  • Draught Quality Manual (Brewer’s Association)
  • BJCP 2015 Beer Style Guidelines (specific focus on quantitative values and ingredients),
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*The Oxford Companion to Beer is a highly recommended reference book for anyone looking to advance their understanding of beer, though not required to be read in its entirety.*