Free Online Curriculum Enhances Use of Craft Beer in Culinary Education
Boulder, CO—To better integrate craft beer into culinary curriculums, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—published the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course. Co-authored by chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association culinary consultant and Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, the curriculum is the definitive beer and food course for culinary institutions, food establishments, beverage students and beer educators.
The 60-page digital manual is free to download on CraftBeer.com—the consumer-facing website of the Brewers Association—and constructed as a five-day course that 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 day’s 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.