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You're already spending plenty to take the Cicerone exams, get the Beer Scholar study guides to ensure that you crush the test!

Beer Scholar - the first and only study guides for the Certified Cicerone® and Certified Beer Server exams

The Beer Scholar study guides contain everything you need to pass your Cicerone Certification Program exam. The bulk of the study guides contain the material you need to learn in a well-organized and condensed outline format that tracks the Cicerone Certification Program syllabi. In addition, there are sections on what to expect on the tests, how to study effectively, and tips and tricks for ensuring you pass. As you would expect, the Certified Cicerone® (CC) Study Guide is significantly more robust than the Certified Beer Server (CBS) Study Guide and also addresses preparation for the tasting portion of the exam.

I'm raising money on KickStarter because I want to give you much more than just a PDF file of a Word doc. I want to have this Certified Cicerone® study guide professionally formatted and printed, I want to give you flashcards, practice tests for the CC exam, and I want to do all that right now. Going forward, I want to produce free video tutorials, continuously keep the Study Guides up to date, and offer them in more formats. Maybe I'll even commission a flashcard smartphone app if those products prove popular. I'm willing to work cheap for a project I believe in, but it still takes a little investment to get off the ground.

The Beer Scholar Study Guide for the Certified Beer Server (CBS) Exam

You're already spending roughly $70 to take the CBS exam, spend $10 more and ensure you pass!

The Beer Scholar CBS Study Guide contains all the information you need to pass the Cicerone Certification Program's online Certified Beer Server test. The Beer Scholar CBS Study Guide features:

  • All the info needed to pass the CBS exam.
  • Info presented in an outline format that tracks the Cicerone Certification Program's CBS syllabus.
  • Additional chapters cover:
  • What the test is like.
  • How to best prepare.
  • Tips to score extra points. 
  • Available in a variety of digital formats for Kindle, Nook, and iPad & iPhone.

The Beer Scholar Study Guide for the Certified Cicerone® (CC) Exam

You're already spending nearly $350 just to take the Certified Cicerone® exam, spend $50 more and ensure you pass!

The Beer Scholar CC Study Guide distills information from dozens of beer books into a single comprehensive study guide that contains everything you need to know to pass the Certified Cicerone® exam. The Beer Scholar CC Study Guide features: 

  • All the info needed to pass the CC exam.
  • Info presented in an outline format that tracks the Cicerone Certification Program's CC syllabus.
  • Additional chapters that cover: 
  • What you'll see on the test.
  • How to study for the exam so that you walk in confident and crush it.
  • How to prepare for and beat the all-important tasting portion of the exam.
  • Inside info about the types of questions to expect.
  • Tips and tricks for scoring the extra points to get you over the bar.

Extras: Flashcards & Practice Tests

The Beer Scholar Flashcards and Practice Tests are great additions to the Study Guides. They'll help you learn the material and test yourself on it. Go into your test with complete confidence because you've memorized the material and even taken several timed practice tests already!

Flashcards: These print-at-home sets of flashcards give you another way to test yourself, memorize the mountain of info you need to learn, and take your studying on the go. The cards include material from all sections of the CBS or CC syllabus, including all the required beer styles. The CBS flashcard set is a smaller subset of the CC flashcard set. I've seen other sets out there, even free ones, but they are typically riddled with errors and were clearly been made by people before they ever took the exams. The Beer Scholar sets have been created by Certified Cicerones® who know what you need to learn. 

Practice Tests for the CC Exam: You'll receive three (3) full practice tests. By the time you've taken and graded these, you'll know what you need to brush up on and whether you're ready for the real thing. You'll also get a feel for the timing and exam length. The Beer Scholar Practice Tests contain a mix of questions similar to what you'll see on the real written portion of the Certified Cicerone® exam. They feature multiple choice, fill in the blank, and essay questions, plus an answer key so you can grade yourself. The questions cover all five sections of the CC exam from beer service to styles to pairing. 

About the Beer Scholar Study Guides author

Hi there beer geeks and KickStarters! I'm Chris Cohen. I'm a former attorney who is currently working to open a top beer bar in my adopted hometown of San Francisco. I'm a Certified Cicerone®, a Certified BJCP judge, a contributing beer writer for SeriousEat.com, a beer program consultant, and the founder and President of SF's biggest homebrew club, the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild. I was totally confident when I walked into my Certified Cicerone® exam. I applied the same techniques I used to pass the New York state bar exam to passing the CC exam. Now I want to help you crush the Cicerone Certification Program exams, too!

When will you get your study guide?

Both the CBS and CC Study Guides will be sent out in late March or early April 2014. The Certified Cicerone® Study Guide is 99% complete. It is going through an editing process and layout work. Then it will be printed by a company that prints books day in and day out. Finally, it will be shipped to backers along with any additional items purchased. Delivery for the Certified Beer Server exam will be digital and will occur as soon as it is complete. The practice tests and print-at-home flashcard sets will be ready at the same time that the CC Study Guides are ready. 

Are these study guides or the author associated with the Cicerone Certification Program? 

No! Chris is a Certified Cicerone®, but he is not employed by or associated with the Cicerone Certification Program. The Beer Scholar Study Guides are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Cicerone Certification Program, that's why Chris can provide you with tons of great tips and tricks for how to pass.

I'm lost. What the heck is the Cicerone Certification Program and why should I want to get certified?

The Cicerone Certification Program is to beer what the Sommelier certification process is to wine. The Cicerone certifications are a great way to prove you have a certain level of beer expertise and for those in the beer industry, it shows you're serious about your work. Alternatively, maybe you just want some beer geek bragging rights. Here's an article by Chris Cohen about the various beer certification programs and a very small taste of the advice you'll find in the study guides - Serious Eats: Which Beer Certification Program is Right for You?

As I mentioned in that article: "As you study for the Cicerone tests, you will learn to properly pour beer, select and clean beer glasses, clean tap systems, pair beer and food, plus you'll gather knowledge about beer styles, brewing ingredients, off flavors, and world beer cultures." It's really fun and important stuff to know for us beer geeks!  

The Cicerone Certification Program focuses on testing your beer knowledge. They demand a high level of competency to become certified. For that reason, the Cicerone Certification Program's certifications have rapidly become the industry standard and are growing in popularity. To attain your Certified Beer Server certification you'll learn the basics that everyone who loves beer or works in the beer industry should (but definitely doesn't) know. To attain your Certified Cicerone® certification, you really need to be an total expert on everything to do with beer, from styles to service to food pairing.  

You should consider purchasing these guides if: 

  • You're already planning to take the CBS or CC exam.
  • You love beer and want to know everything about tasting, pouring, serving, pairing, and styles.
  • You are considering entering the beer industry and want to greatly increase your chances of getting a good job.
  • You are already in the beer industry and want to raise your game so you get that promotion or can make a career move.
  • You want some serious beer geek bragging rights.
  • You're a Sommelier and want to expand your skills and get with the beer revolution. 
  • You love one of the above people!

THANK YOU!

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen! If you're going to take a Cicerone exam please pick up a Study guide, if you know beer geeks who may be interested please spread the word by social media!

Extra special thanks to: 

Tom Tripp for creating the video.

Ricky D'Andrea for designing the logo. 

Carson Beker for advice and editing.

Smaug, the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities, for the good times. 

The members of the SF Homebrewers Guild and the Bay Area beer geek community for continuing to inspire me to dive deeper and learn more about beer. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I've personally backed 45 projects on Kickstarter. Nearly all have delivered a cool product more or less on time. I expect to do the same for my backers. I aim to exceed your expectations with these study guides.

The Certified Cicerone Study Guide is 99% complete. If any problems occur, they will likely be complications in printing or shipping. Since backers may currently be studying for the CBS or CC exam, receipt of the study guides is time sensitive. I'll be sure to communicate any significant problems or delays to backers right away.

FAQ

  • Until the Kickstarter is ended and the books are produced and listed for sale elsewhere, the only way to get one is by purchasing one through this KickStarter campaign. They'll likely be more expensive after the Kickstarter ends and they are made available on other websites. Support Beer Scholar and get your Study Guides for the best price!

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  • The Beer Scholar study guides contain everything you need to pass your Cicerone Certification Program exams. The bulk of the study guides contain the material you need to learn in a well-organized and condensed outline format that tracks the Cicerone Certification Program syllabi. In addition, there are sections on what to expect on the test, how to effectively study for the test, and tips and tricks for ensuring you pass. As you would expect, the Certified Cicerone® Study Guide is significantly more robust than the digital Certified Beer Server Study Guide.

    The answer to this question is YES, these guides will give you everything you need to learn in one book!

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  • Chris Cohen is a San Francisco-based beer geek. He's a Certified Cicerone®, a Certified BJCP judge, a contributing beer writer for SeriousEats.com, and is the founder and 2012-2014 President of the SF Homebrewers Guild, San Francisco's biggest homebrew club. He consults with restaurants to help them take their beer programs to the next level and occasionally does beer pairing dinners. He is currently working on opening what will be one of San Francisco's best beer bars.

    Chris is a former attorney. He applied the techniques he used to pass the NY state bar exam to passing the Certified Cicerone® exam and has distilled that information into these comprehensive study guides. With his Certified Beer Server and Certified Cicerone® exam study guides, you'll have everything you need to score well on the exams.

    Here's more information about Chris if you want to do a little stalking!

    * Chris' personal beer consulting site: http://chris-cohen.com/

    * Chris' Certified Cicerone profile page: http://cicerone.org/user/66171

    * Chris' Serious Eats profile page: http://www.seriouseats.com/user/profile/ccohen@gmail.com

    * Chris is the Founder and 2012-2014 President of the SF Homebrewers Guild: http://sfhomebrewersguild.com/

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  • The online Certified Beer Server exam costs about $80 to take. You can virtually guarantee passage by purchasing and studying the Beer Scholar $10 CBS digital Study Guide ebook. It's a no brainer.

    The Certified Cicerone exam costs nearly $400 to take. Only 1 of 3 people pass the test. That's just crazy, don't be one of the many who flunk. As someone who's interested in beer, you probably read about it, but good luck getting through the long list of books the Cicerone Certification Program suggests you read in preparation for the CC exam. The Beer Scholar CC Study Guide organizes and condenses all that info into a single comprehensive book. In addition, you'll get tons of info on what to expect on the test plus tips and tricks for passing. Walk into the test with total confidence and crush it. It's a no brainer.

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  • The craft beer industry is exploding, get on board! The Cicerone Certification Program's certifications are a great way to prove you're serious about your work in the industry and that you have a certain level of beer expertise. Alternatively, maybe you just want some beer geek bragging rights. Here's an article about the various beer certifications programs and a very small taste of the advice you'll find in the study guides - Serious Eats: Which Beer Certification Program is Right for You (http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2014/01/difference-between-beer-certification-programs-bjcp-beer-judge-cicerone-doemens-beer-sommelier.html)

    Among the reasons the Cicerone Certification Program® has been so successful is that they make their exam syllabi public and encourage people to teach to their tests. Most beer certification programs have students take an expensive course and then hand them a certification. The Cicerone Certification Program actually tests your beer knowledge. They demand a high level of competency to become certified. For these reasons the Cicerone Certification Program's certifications have rapidly become the industry standard. and they will only grow in popularity.

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  • The Certified Beer Server study guide is sold only as an ebook. The study guide contains everything you need to know to pass the online CBS exam. The CBS test covers much less material than the Certified Cicerone® test, the CBS study guide contains the set of information you need plus tips specific to the CBS test.

    The Certified Cicerone® study guide contains everything you need to know to pass the intense CC exam. The material in this guide is specific to the CC test, from the complete set of information you'll need to know to tips for passing the tasting portion. The Certified Cicerone® Study Guide is the product of years of beer experience and months of work by the author to distill everything you need to know into a single comprehensive guide.

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  • We're raising money because we want to give you much more than just a PDF file of a Word doc. We want to have our Certified Cicerone study guide professionally formatted and printed, we want to give you flashcards, practice tests for the CC exam, and we want to do all that right now. Going forward, we want to produce free video tutorials, continuously keep the Study Guides up to date, and offer them in more formats. Maybe we'll even commission a flashcard smartphone app if those products prove popular. We're willing to work cheap for a project we believe in, but it still takes a little investment to get off the ground.

    Chris Cohen, the creator of the Beer Scholar study guides for the Cicerone Certification Program exams, is a big fan of Kickstarter and has supported 45 Kickstarter projects to date (check out Chris' Kickstarter profile: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/rebelscum). He's hoping that good karma will come back to him. He thanks you for your support and help in spreading the word to your beer geek friends by email or social media. Every bit helps!

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  • No!

    Chris is a Certified Cicerone® (the proof! http://cicerone.org/user/66171), but he is not employed by or otherwise associated with the Cicerone Certification Program®. His study guides have been created independently of the program's control, that's why he can provide you with tons of great tips and tricks for how to pass!

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  • You should purchase one of these guides if:

    * You're already planning to take the CBS or CC exam.

    * You love beer and want to know everything about tasting, pouring, serving, pairing, and styles.

    * You are considering entering the beer industry and want to increase your chances of getting a good job.

    * You are already in the beer industry and want to raise your game so you get that promotion.

    * You want some serious beer geek bragging rights.

    * You're a wine Somm and want to expand your skills and get with the beer revolution.

    * You love one of the above people!

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  • You're not the only person to ask about the timing of the delivery of the study guides!

    My every intention is to get these out the door by the end of April, like the pledges indicate for their "estimated delivery." I know there are tests happening constantly and that this timing is inconvenient for some of you. I cannot send anyone a pre-publication copy, apologies if you're signed up to take the exam before then.

    Here's the longer winded answer:

    The books are largely complete. They're being finished up, edited, and the publication details and delivery options are being considered carefully. The goal is to get them out rapidly after the Kickstarter ends, but the experience of having supported 46+ Kickstarters has taught me that it is often the case that people underestimate how long it will take to get final production details worked out and to ship the product. That's why, to be safe, we're saying the material will be out at some point in April.

    I absolutely believe I'll get these out the door in April, but I can't absolutely guarantee it. The primary reason is that I have to send them to a publisher and I don't know for sure that they'll be as quick as I want them to be. I haven't yet settled on a printer, but all the ones I am considering are well established professional organizations. Another thing I don't know is whether they will send the books out to you directly or whether they'll have to mail them all to me and then I'll have to repackage and ship them from my home. There are also designers and editors that could potentially slow things down. These are all things I'm working to figure out right now and they could all impact the final arrival date for the guides.

    I wish I could give you a totally direct answer, an arrival date. Trust me, I really want to know all this stuff right now, too! Whatever you decide to do, thanks so much for your interest and support!

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    A BEER CLASS AT YOUR HOME (PLUS ALL THE CBS & CC STUDY MATERIAL): Let me take you on a stay-at-home beercation! I've done everything from five course beer pairing dinners to private tastings to homebrewing classes. I'd love to put that experience and knowledge to work for you. The class can be scheduled at any time. I'll come to your home to teach you and up to ten of your friends about beer styles, beer brewing history, flavors and aromas in beer, and what to look for in beer and food pairings. It's an experience, a party, and a class all in one! Chose to learn about the styles of Belgium, England, Germany, America, or a mix. You'll also get all the CBS and CC study material. Bay Area only, unless you're a big shot baller who wants to fly me somewhere!

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    FOR BREWERY & DISTRIBUTOR SALES TEAMS & BAR BEERTENDER CREWS: Receive six copies of the full suite of CBS and CC exam study material. In addition, Chris will come to your location to teach a three hour crash course class that will focus on preparing six members of your team for the most troublesome portions of the CC exam. The location should be within reasonable driving distance from San Francisco. Message me if you're not sure you're location is close enough and we'll work something out!

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