Social Kitchen's Brewmaster Earns Top Certification

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A stange (glass) of cold Social Kölsch. Photo by Austin Hastings.

Since this Wednesday December 15th is the second Wednesday of the month, you can attend ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~’s Brewmaster’s Dinner and congratulate brewmaster Rich Higgins on becoming one of only three Master Cicerones in the world. More than just a “beer sommelier,” a Master Cicerone must pass the Cicerone Certification Program’s two-day exam, which consists of 10 hours of essay questions, 2 hours of tasting and sensory panels, and 2 hours of oral examination. Phew!

You can taste the results of Higgins’s expertise at SKB, where he brews beers that pair with the brewpub’s food, and champions the concept of cuisine à la bière (using beer in cooking) by designing menus and beer pairings for the monthly Brewmaster’s Dinners. This month’s seasonal tasting menu includes beet soup with garlic labneh and torn croutons paired with L’Enfant Terrible, an earthy Belgian-style ale with notes of chocolate and plums. Higgins plans to offer more education and beer and food pairing programs at the brewpub.