• Beer And Food Pairing Course

Beer and Food Pairing Course by CraftBeer.com

The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, has expanded its CraftBeer.com Professional Beer & Food Course to nearly 100 pages and now offers 4 supplemental digital videos to showcase the practices featured in the course. Co-authored by BA Executive Chef Adam Dulye and Julia Herz, craft beer program director of the BA and Certified Cicerone®, the curriculum is the definitive beer and food pairing course for culinary institutions, restaurateurs, chefs and beer educators. There’s even an abbreviated course for craft beer enthusiasts who want to up their game when hosting their next beer and food pairing social.

“According to a recent Nielsen survey, nearly 1/2 of craft drinkers say they drink beer with food ‘always’ or ‘often,’” said Herz. “Beer pairing is more than a trend on the rise and many chefs are building their careers around it. The information in this course educates and emboldens culinary students and professionals to be leaders in their field when crafting food offerings and creating beer pairings.”

Free Beer and Food Pairing Course (for Professionals)

Why should beer be a fundamental piece of the culinary education? Beer sales alone out pace wine sales 2 to 1 at a tune of $100 billion (beer) in sales compared to $50 billion (wine). Not to mention, craft beer enthusiasts who are willing to spend some serious dough are seeking out restaurants that have a well curated brew list whether it be draft and/or bottle. Restaurants and resorts are taking note and incorporating beer into their beverage lineup.

This easy to follow, self-guided course manual teaches how to bring craft beer into the kitchen and onto the plate.

  • 5 in-depth lectures including 2 beer tasting sessions detailing 10 popular beer styles
  • 5 Interactive Tasting Forms that include menu planning tips and recipes

More Resources:

  • Pairing craft beer with food (including new sections on charcuterie and chocolate pairings)
  • Expanded tips and tricks for designing a great beer dinner
  • Strategies for translating your beer knowledge into language customers can understand
  • Practical beer knowledge from brewing history to beer styles and flavor profiles
  • How to store, cellar and serve beer properly
  • Instructor guide and final exam each now rolled into the course

NEW! Four-Part Video Lecture Series

Built to work in conjunction with the self-guided professional course, the authors elaborate on the beer and food pairing concepts. It also gives students the opportunity to learn visually about:

  • An Introduction to Beer
  • Beer Service & Storage
  • Beer Styles & Beer
  • Food Pairing

Each of the video lectures is accompanied by a quiz, which students must pass with an 80% score in order to receive a certificate of completion for the beer and food pairing course. 

The beer and food pairing video lectures are $30 purchased individually. Or all 4 can be purchased as a bundle for $99 – a $21 savings!


Who Uses The Course?

Since the course launched in fall 2014, more than 9,000 copies have been downloaded and ordered by beer and food professionals as well as top culinary and hospitality programs, including The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and more.

“CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Course underscores our commitment to educating chefs, restaurateurs and beer educators and is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to lead in pairing,” said Chef Dulye.

Fast Fact: Adam Dulye is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. If you’ve been to SAVOR®, you can thank Adam for orchestrating the amazing eats during that event. He also oversees the culinary side of the Farm to Table Pavilion at the Great American Beer Festival® and the World Beer Cup®.

Free Beer and Food Pairing Course (for Beer Enthusiasts)

And, it’s not just for the pros! Beer enthusiasts and home cooks, like us, can access a shorter version of the beer and food pairing course to learn the same tips and tricks.


CraftBeer.com produces a number of other educational tools for beer lovers and professionals including the Beer 101 Course, the CraftBeer.com Beer Styles Guide, Cooking with Beer Recipe Database, Beer Glossary and more.

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