MECHANICVILLE --Three employees of DeCrescente Distributing Company have earned the title of Certified Cicerone.
In the beer industry, the Cicerone Certification Program is a comprehensive testing curriculum that provides a measurable means of designating the expertise of an individual about every facet of beer. Certified Cicerone is the second level of certification and many individuals spend one to two years preparing for this exam.
With the addition of Zeb Pagerie, MacKenzie Liptak and Ben Richards, DeCrescente now has 15 Certified Cicerones.
Those who achieve this certification have a solid and well-rounded knowledge of beer and beer service as well as assessing beer quality and identity by taste. The exam tests knowledge of modern beers and styles, beer history and historical styles, identifying flawed beers, understanding beer ingredients, the brewing process, plus beer pairing principles.