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10,000 cicerones; sounds like a Tom Paxton song*

Hey, they had beer sommeliers in Pompeii

Ray Daniels predicts that his Cicerone program will 10,000th certification in a matter of weeks. And it seems like only yesterday, as opposed to 79 AD in Pompeii (which is where this photo was taken; in 2008 rather than before Mount Vesuvius erupted). Here are the basics from a little press release:

It may seem like just yesterday that you first heard of the Cicerone Certification Program–the sommelier-like sequence for beer that tests and certifies knowledge among those who sell and serve suds for a living. But the program is now more than four years old and the number of certifications issued at the first level has skyrocketed in the past two years.

We’re writing to tell you that we’ll soon award our 10,000th certification at that first level. That’s a big event for us and for everyone involved with the program. So to celebrate, we’ll offer a unique opportunity for people to sign-up for the program at a great price — but only for a single day.

The best way to track updates is to follow Ray Daniels on Twitter.

* But perhaps we can all agree we like cicerones better than laywers. And, yes, I know passing the first level test doesn’t make a person a “cicerone.” There are Certified Beer Servers, Certified Cicerones and Master Cicerones, but don’t begrudge me Tom Paxton reference.

7 Responses to 10,000 cicerones; sounds like a Tom Paxton song*

  1. Ven February 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    I don’t get the cicerones/lawyers connection.

  2. Stan Hieronymus February 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    In ten years we’re gonna have one million lawyers.
    One million lawyers, one million lawyers.
    In ten years we’re gonna have one million lawyers.
    How much can a poor nation stand?

    – Tom Paxton, “One Million Lawyers”

    Now I’m going to have the melody in my head the rest of the day.

  3. Alan February 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Dissing lawyers invites wine gadget spam, Stan. Just saying’

    For those wondering what Alan meant by this, a spammer snuck a comment in and before I could delete it Alan added his own. I’ve deleted that comment. But Alan’s remains. Now I feel I owe him an apology for the lawyer remark. Sorry, Alan. If I could have managed a reference to “Yuppies in the Sky” rather than “One Million Lawyers” I would have. I guess I was just in a Tom Paxton mood. – Stan

  4. Craig February 2, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    No apology needed Stan, Alan deserves it. 🙂

  5. Steve February 2, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    “If I could have managed a reference to ‘Yuppies in the Sky’ rather than ‘One Million Lawyers'”

    Could’a easily dumbed it way down and just used 99 Bottles of Beer…


    (I would walk 10,000 miles?)

  6. olllllo February 2, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I’ve got three tracks running in my head this week. Two thanks to Stan and one thanks to the President.

  7. Alan February 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Hey – I generously accept the “all lawyers but Alan and maybe 7 more he nominates” exception.

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