Beer Steward Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Associate Beer Steward Program?

We are offering the MBAA Associate Beer Steward Program through an online registration.

How do I register for the Beer Steward Certificate?

We are offering the MBAA Beer Steward Certificate Program as an independent study program. You can register for the Certificate program online

How long is the Associate Beer Steward exam?

The online exam is open book with 65 multiple-choice questions and takes 60 minutes. A passing score is 70% correct.

How long is the Beer Steward exam?

The online exam ws open book with 75 multiple-choice questions and takes 60 minutes. A passing score is 75% correct.

Can I take the exam on my own computer?

Yes, you do not need to travel anywhere to take the exam, but you must have Internet access and the exam password, which will be provided with your registration. Keep in mind that the access connection to the exam should not be activated until you are ready to take the test. Once you access the exam the test will begin.

Can I take the Beer Steward Certificate exam if I do not pass the first time?

Yes, the first retake is free. Any subsequent retakes are $35.

Can I take the Associate Beer Steward Certificate exam if I do not pass the first time?

Yes, retakes are $25 each.

Do I have to take the Associate Beer Steward Certificate course before I take the Beer Steward Certificate course?

No, the two certificate programs are separate. You can take either or both but do not have to pass the Associate exam prior to enrolling in the Beer Steward Certificate course.

Will I be able to see what questions I missed on the exam?

We do not return examinations or missed questions, but we will show how you did on each topic area so that you can study further should you need to retake the exam or want to reinforce your knowledge.

Do I have to take the seminar before I take the Beer Steward exam?

The MBAA Beer Steward Certificate no longer requires seminar attendance before taking the exam. You can now register for the independent study program and take the examination when you feel prepared. Likewise the MBAA Associate Beer Steward Certificate Program does not require seminar participation.

What will I learn at the seminar?

The hands-on seminar is designed to teach what cannot be taught in a book: how you sense flavors, how beer flavors are developed by ingredients combined with the brewing process to produce the classic and new styles of beer seen today, and how even presentation and the proper beer glassware can affect flavor perception. The seminar goes further by building a vocabulary to describe and discuss the positive flavors of new beer brands and styles with today’s beer customers and showing how to use this information to pair beer with foods.

What are the minimum and maximum in-house seminar sizes?

Minimum size for the MBAA Beer Steward seminar is 20 and maximum is 65 participants.

How will I find the Beer Steward Understanding Beer Flavor seminar in my area?

Check the seminar calendar to locate the scheduled locations and dates to attend the annual public-enrollment seminars. Or register private in-house training for groups of 20 or more using the online form.

How long does the seminar last?

The Understanding Beer Flavor seminar is an intensive hands-on flavor training session featuring an assortment of samples to taste, feel and smell, and takes a full day of your attention.

Can anyone take the Understanding Beer Flavorseminar?

You must be 21 years or older to participate in the seminar. Two public seminars are offered each year. Private in-house seminars are scheduled in advance.

How do I take a brewery tour?

A brewery tour will help you understand the brewing process and the ingredients used to make beer. Most breweries and brewpubs offer tours to the general public during working hours or by appointment. When taking a tour notice the smells of the brewery and how the aroma changes as the brew makes its way through the process before turning into beer.

Will I be able to use the MBAA Beer Steward Certificate logo on my business card?

Once you pass the exam, you may use the program logo on your business card.

Can I use the logo on my beer menu or advertising?

A restaurant or bar that has had its employees pass the MBAA Associate Beer Steward or Beer Steward Certificate Program may use the program logo on their beer list menus.

What is MBAA?

The Master Brewers Association of the Americas is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonprofit technical brewing professional associations and was established in 1887. Members are brewers and allied tradesmen from all levels of the industry. For more information about MBAA, go to www.mbaa.com.

Is the Beer Steward Program affiliated with any particular breweries or other businesses?

No, the MBAA Beer Steward Certificate program is not affiliated, controlled, or subsidized by any business. It is self-funded and backed by the MBAA, a 501c(3) non-profit professional’s association. Proceeds from the Beer Steward Certificate Program fund further educational classes and programs benefitting the brewing industry.

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