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Refreshing News from WSET!

October 5, 2023 Vitis House

Refreshing News from WSET!

WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), the world’s largest provider of drinks education, is launching a beer program in February 2024 and Vitis House will be one of the first schools offering this course in the US!

Pitched at beginner and intermediate level, our Level 1 and 2 Awards in Beer will provide product knowledge and tasting skills for both beer enthusiasts and those working in the beer or hospitality industries. Initially launching online and in-person in selected markets, the courses will explore the main types and styles of beer, key methods of production, tasting technique and food pairings.  

The interactive and expert-led courses will focus on building your knowledge of key beer styles, unique ingredients and production factors, the principles of beer tasting, storage, service and food pairing. At the end of the course, once you’ve successfully completed your exam, you’ll gain a globally recognised qualification and increased understanding and confidence to explore the world of beer.

WSET Level 1 Award in Beer

This beginner-level beer qualification is ideal for anyone at the very start of their beer journey. Packed with activities and tastings, this course will provide essential foundations in beer ingredients and production, the principles of storage, service and food pairing, the characteristics of 20 key beer styles – from lagers to lambics, how to taste and describe beer using the our Systematic Approach to Tasting.

WSET Level 2 Award in Beer

This intermediate-level beer qualification is perfect for anyone eager to expand their knowledge of beer, whether you’re a beginner or already have some beer knowledge. It’s a longer and more in-depth course than Level 1 and allows you to cover the essentials in greater detail, including the main ingredients used in beer production and how they’re processed, how beer production influences the style and quality of beer, the key principles and processes involved in beer storage, service and food pairing, the characteristics of over 60 beer styles, including speciality beers, and how they are produced and labelled, how to taste, describe and assess beer, using our Systematic Approach to Tasting.

The new beer qualifications have been created by WSET’s Product Development team, led by Sara Hobday, Head of Product Development – Beer Qualifications.  The team has been supported by Mirella Amato, Senior Business Development Manager – Beer, WSET Americas – world-renowned beer educator and consultant, and one of only 22 Master Cicerones – as well as Stuart Howe, Technical Development Manager, Institute of Brewing & Distilling.

“Extending our qualifications to encompass beer is an exciting time for WSET and a natural fit for us as leaders in global drinks education,” says Michelle Brampton, WSET CEO.

Stay tuned for upcoming dates in 2024.

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