The Cicerone Certification Program and Aroxa have joined forces with the aim of supporting beer taster training opportunities in the craft beer industry. Over the next three years, the companies plan to support more than 10,000 current and aspiring craft beer professionals in developing their beer tasting skills using professional-grade Aroxa beer flavor standards together with expert online training from Cicerone.
The partnership aims to support beer sensory education through a subsidized supply of training materials. Cicerone Certification Program participants will be able to purchase the training kits at a cost of 59 USD, bringing industry-leading sensory training within reach of more beer sales and service professionals. The kits contain flavor standards to make six flavored beer samples — DMS, diacetyl, acetaldehyde, papery, lightstruck, and infection—and will include access to Cicerone’s online flavor training program. These six flavors are those included in the curriculum for the Certified Cicerone® examination.
“Previously, these flavor kits were only available in a group setting, either by attending an in-person training course or buying the larger 6, 12, or 24-person kits,” said Cicerone Certification Program Founder and Director Ray Daniels. “Not only does this partnership create a more affordable and accessible option, it also opens the door for those interested in training on their own schedule, from the convenience of their own homes.”
In supporting the training of 10,000 individuals through subsidized $59 off-flavor kits, Aroxa and Cicerone will finance the initiative through in-kind contributions totaling 1M USD.