Profession beer sommelier

Beer sommeliers understand and advise on styles, brewing and best pairing of beers with foods in locations such as restaurants, breweries and shops. They know all about their ingredients, the history of the beers, glassware and draught systems. They prepare beer tastings, consult companies and customers, evaluate beer products and write about this subject.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising
  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Brewhouse processes

    The processes and techniques through which raw materials are converted into fermentable substrate for beer manufacturing.

  • Fermentation processes of beverages

    Fermentation processes related to the conversion of sugar to alcohol, gases and acids. 

  • Variety of beers

    Variety of beers and their fermentation, ingredients and processes used during their production.

  • Beer downstream processing

    The process of beer post-fermentation, including maturation and filtration.

  • Biotechnology

    Technology that utilises, modifies or harnesses biological systems, organisms, and cellular components to develop new technologies and products for specific uses.

  • Ingredients for beer production

    Basic ingredients of beer, which consist of water, a starch source such as malted barley, brewer's yeast to produce the fermentation and a flavouring such as hops.

Skills

  • Apply HACCP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

  • Describe the flavour of different beers

    Describe the taste and aroma, or flavour of different beers using the adequate lingo and relying on experience to classify beers.

  • Pair beer with food

    Pairs beer with dishes in order to match the right tastes.

  • Perform sensory evaluation

    Evaluating the quality of a given type of food or beverage based on its appearance, smell, taste, aroma, and others. Suggest possible improvements and comparisons with other products.

  • Apply extensive study of beer styles from around the world

    Study and analyse beer styles from different countries and consult companies and people in the industry. 

  • Advise on beer production

    Advise beer companies, small brewers and managers within the beer industry to improve the quality of the product or of the production process.

  • Consult on beer presentation

    Consult on the presentation of beers, labelling, and the image of the beer according to the taste and the perception of the client.

  • Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages

    Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.

  • Analyse trends in the food and beverage industries

    Investigate trends in foodstuffs related to consumers preferences. Examine key markets based on both product type and geography as well as technological improvements in the industry.

  • Apply GMP

    Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Optional knowledge and skills

train staff in beer knowledge liaise with managers impart training on general quality management supervision apply foreign language for international trade liaise with colleagues find new types of food & beverages modern brewing systems measure precise food processing operations maintain relationship with customers malting process communicate with customers maintain food specifications perform public relations types of barley