Beer Steward Program About

Understanding Beer Flavor Seminar

Experienced brewmasters will provide hands-on sensory training in identifying and describing
the positive flavors of beer in four flavor-driven groups. Proper presentation using traditional
glassware with beer and food pairing is taught using samples for experimentation by students.
This seminar is the ultimate beer flavor education experience!

In-depth Beer Flavor Training is Available Privately In-House

The MBAA Beer Steward program offers the opportunity for people serious about beer flavor to learn first-hand what cannot be taught in any book:  how to taste and describe beer flavors.  In-House training is available for groups of 20- 60 people on a sliding scale fee. Learn more...

“I truly believe that this was one if not the best class I have participated in my 39+ years in the industry. I have recommended it to many of my friends across the industry suggesting that they train their teams with you.” Bob Fahr, owner—Fahr Beverage Inc.

Hands-on Beer Flavor Training is Also Available to the Public

The Understanding Beer Flavor seminar is offered each year for advanced beer flavor training prior to the MBAA Annual Conference and the Craft Brewers Conference.  Check the individual registration pages for more information.

Participants Receive

Beer Steward Handbook

The Beer Steward Handbook is a peer-reviewed textbook written by experienced brewing professionals and brewmasters. The handbook presents a wide range of topics never before collected in such detail in one text. This handbook is the industry standard for professionals in the wholesale and retail beer industry.

Seminar Workbook

As part of the seminar package a workbook containing the presentation slides is provided.  Students can follow along and take notes during the seminar presentation for easy future reference.

Tasting Journal

Have a long draft list or sales book? Practice what you learned in the Understanding Beer Flavor Seminar and the Beer Steward Handbook with the Beer Steward Tasting Journal. The Tasting Journal will help you take notes on the run about individual beers that you try so that you can reference back when needed.

An online exam

The seminar registration package includes the Beer Steward Certificate examination consisting of 75 multiple-choice questions that are based on the contents of the Beer Steward Handbook and the live training seminar. The exam is a one hour long open book test that can be taken on any computer with an internet connection. Upon successful completion of the exam, the participant will receive a Beer Steward Certificate from the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, North America’s oldest professional brewing association, which is renowned for its work in advancing brewing education and professional development since 1887.

Who Should Attend?

  • Wholesalers and retailers who want to maintain beer quality and freshness while they store, rotate, and display a large inventory of beer.
  • Brewery Sales and Marketing personnel who want to better understand and sell the products their breweries produce.
  • Restaurateurs who want to compile an appropriate list of beers to complement their food offerings.
  • Bar managers who want to select the proper glassware, serving temperature, and pouring technique to showcase the unique characteristics of each beer and increase their bar sales.
  • Servers who want to educate patrons about beer styles and advise diners on pairing beer with food.
Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend.