The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers has published an online beer and food course on www.craftbeer.com.
Co-authored by chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association culinary consultant and Julia Herz, craft beer programme director at the Brewers Association, the 60-page digital manual is free to download on www.craftbeer.com. Constructed as a five-day course, it offers an introduction to the beverage of craft beer, pairing beer with food and how to pour and present beer at the table.
In addition to lectures and suggested readings, instructors guide students through two tasting sessions of beer styles and a food pairing session. The final exam, which is available only to accredited instructors and dedicated educators by request, is a 50-question written exam and instructions for a two-part pairing exam, during which students create a three-course menu, prepare the dishes and select appropriate craft beer pairings.
"Interest in broadening craft beer knowledge is high, however many of today's food educators do not know where to access adequate information on beer and food pairing," said Herz.
"This course empowers students and educators to bring the diverse beverage of craft beer into the kitchen and onto the table."