Beer Certification Level 1 Classroom

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Prud'homme Beer Certification® Level I - Beer Enthusiast

This introductory course in beer education is designed for participants interested in furthering their knowledge and interest in beer. The focus will be on brewing ingredients and processes, tasting concepts, pouring and serving concepts (including an introduction to draught systems) and food and beer pairings.


Instructor - Dan SchmidtPhoto of Dan Schmidt

Dan grew up working in the hospitality industry and has worked in restaurant management, portfolio development, and beverage training. Currently he is the General Manager at Royal City Brewing Company where he oversees the day to do operations of the brewery and Beer Hall. He is a Prud’homme Master Beer Sommelier and general nerd when it comes to food and drink.


Four weeks on Tuesday evenings.
April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2024
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Macdonald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph in PJs Restaurant.
University of Guelph campus map. (Building - Macdonald Stewart Hall)
FREE Parking!

Minimum / Maximum Class Size

For a class to run, we must meet a mimium of 10 participants, please register early. The maximum class size is 12.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of brewing ingredients
a. Explain the characteristics provided by malt
b. Explain the attributes that hops bring to beer
c. Describe the potential benefits of using adjuncts

2. Illustrate a basic knowledge of brewing
a. Describe the various stages in brewing in layman’s terms
b. Compare and contrast two major brewing styles (ales and lagers)
c. Discuss and record the various tasting components of a variety of beer styles

3. Integrate ingredient characteristics and beer flavours into the concepts of beer and food pairing
a. Differentiate between Cut, Complement and Contrast pairing theories
b. Record your personal observations of a variety of beer and food pairings

4. Recognize the need for quality draught beer
a. Identify the issues contributing to poor quality draught beer
b. Describe the troubleshooting sequences and list the 3 areas of concern in draught quality
c. Observe common mistakes in pouring and serving draught beer and identify the benefits of pouring with

Please view further details on the course outline at this link.

How to gain the qualification

You must successfully complete a multiple choice exam of 80 questions, with a passing grade of 70% on the final exam.  Successful participants will be issued a Prud’homme Beer Certification®.

The exam will take place on the last session date.


There is no prerequisite for Level 1. Note, Level 1 is a prequisite before enrolling in Level 2.


$500 + HST ($65) = $565
*Includes: Instruction, education material, beer and exam. We won't process your payment until we are 100% certain the course is running.
A $25 discount will apply to U of G students/staff/faculty/alumni. $475 + HST ($61.75) = $536.75

How to apply & make payment

Register on-line at this link.

Once you complete the on-line application form, an email will be sent to you to arrange payment. Payment must be made by VISA or M/C.

HST Registration Number - R108161829   A University of Guelph receipt can be issued upon request.

Registration deadline

March 29, 2024

We encourage you to register early, as we must have our minimum number to run the course. Send in your registration form now. We won't process your payment until we are 100% certain the course is running.

Age restrictions

You must be 19 years of age by course start date. Students who choose not to taste alcohol for health, religious or other reasons will not find this a barrier to successfully completing the Level 1 certification.


If cancellation occurs between registration and 10 working days prior to the course start date, an administration fee of $150 will apply. Cancellation must be made in writing with a valid reason of withdrawl. There will be no refunds for cancellations within 10 working days of class start.


Lisa Fodor
Logistics Coordinator
School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management
Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116

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