Our industry-leading pro-level courses were created in partnership with three of the biggest craft beer talents in the world.

Master Cicerone® Mirella Amato, Master Cicerone® Rich Higgins, and Advanced Cicerone® Jonny Tyson have worked together to produce a syllabus that is as insightful as it is comprehensive - and that’s designed to nurture the talent of craft beer lovers from any background or level.

Speciality beer is a field where quality expertise is sought-after – and it’s an industry that’s growing fast. Attendees on our courses will be prepared with the knowledge, experience, and qualification to navigate this world with confidence.  


Mirella and Rich are two of just 11 Master Cicerones in the world, which means our courses will be very much in-demand. We expect them to book up quickly.

We are offering two levels of qualification - BPET (Beer Professional Education & Training) - PRO Beer Sommelier Preparation, Level 1 & Level 2 :

  • Level 1 – This starter course is intended to help prepare you for the Cicerone® Certified Beer Server Exam. It is a full 2-day tutored course, which includes the exam itself.
  • Level 2 - (coming 2018) This five-day, fully tutored course is designed to give you the best possible preparation and guidance for heading into a Certified Cicerone® Exam, which is included in the schedule. (Level 1 is a pre-requisite for undertaking Level 2 courseEmail for further details....

Please Note : These courses are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Cicerone Certification Program.

Places are limited and the courses are delivered exclusively through our Local Wine School network with Certified Cicerone® tutors.

Course Developers

Mirella Amato  ( 

Based in Toronto, Mirella has dedicated herself to promoting the art of beer appreciation since 2007. She is one of eleven people in the world to have earned the title of Master Cicerone®. Mirella is a National Level BJCP judge and has sat on the jury for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Great American Beer Festival, European Beer Star and World Beer Cup. She is the author of Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More, winner of best beer book: Canada 2014 Gourmand Drink Awards.

Rich Higgins  (

Professional brewmaster Rich Higgins is one of eleven Master Cicerones® in the world and spent three years as the President of the San Francisco Brewers Guild. He runs a variety of brewery apprenticeships in the USA, and has curated several beer programs in his hometown of San Francisco. In a distinguished career, he has taught beer and food education classes, Cicerone training courses, and been a public speaker at a number of beer events across the America and Europe

Jonny Tyson (

Based in London, Jonny is one of only two European Advanced Cicerones, an Accredited Beer Sommelier and member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. After starting in wine with Oddbins in London, Jonny moved to Vancouver, Canada, to focus on professional craft beer & wine writing, wine & beer buying for fine wine & ale retailers, and developing a career in wine & craft beer education. 

The number of breweries and the range of beers available in the UK has never been more exciting – so make the most of this opportunity - and get qualified!







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