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(The Drinks Business)   Thought you couldn't make a career out of drinking beer? Think again   (thedrinksbusiness.com) divider line 24
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2014-07-21 01:18:43 PM  
Slideshow. Bad Subby!

10. Beer sommelier
9. Beer brand owner
8. Beer brand ambassador
7. Hop farmer
6. Beer bike operator
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper
3. Beer pong champion
2. Brewery owner
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer


Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?
 
2014-07-21 01:43:06 PM  
A good friend of mine put her years of experience as a shiftless drunk to work by joining 4 other shiftless drunks in opening their own microbrewery, so I'm getting a kick out of this article.
 
2014-07-21 01:53:19 PM  
Drinking beer?  No.  Making beer, selling beer, selling ingredients to people who make beer... yes.

I want to be a brewer SO bad.  But I'm not willing to give up my well-paid gig that I also like to risk everything on a startup brewery.
 
2014-07-21 04:27:41 PM  
In before "Drew har har....ppllllllbth".
 
2014-07-21 04:31:39 PM  
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Had a pretty good career of drinking beer....
/RIP
 
2014-07-21 04:32:42 PM  
Been there, done that.
 
2014-07-21 04:33:24 PM  

neritz: Slideshow. Bad Subby!

10. Beer sommelier
9. Beer brand owner
8. Beer brand ambassador
7. Hop farmer
6. Beer bike operator
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper
3. Beer pong champion
2. Brewery owner
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer


Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?


Yep. Odd name, great job.
 
2014-07-21 04:35:05 PM  

OddLlama: In before "Drew har har....ppllllllbth".


I would have said "paging Drew Curtis to the thread," but he already has a job where he can drink beer all day if he wants.
 
2014-07-21 04:36:32 PM  
Generally I bristle at articles like this because in great part they downplay the actual work that goes into those jobs.  As a taster/judge you need to be BJCP certified.  To be an ambassador/spokesperson/beer salesperson you'll put more miles on your vehicle than a long-haul trucker.  To be a brewmaster you'd better be damned good at what you do; BJCP certification helps, a degree is always attractive to a brewery that's hiring, and you need to consider getting up to speed for that while working another job.

The thing is though that the world of beer is severely de-centralizing.  It's becoming more of a local commodity and "destinations" are getting closer and closer with every new brewery and brewpub that's opening.  Now, that doesn't mean that in every fermenter you've got something as remarkable as Pliny or Heady Topper.....but in great part it doesn't need to be.

A "good" beer made "locally" will go a long way.  The trend going back towards macrobrews seems unlikely; they dug their own graves for a generation or two.  They're going to need to figure out how to get the market back after the world forgets what they did to the world of beer.
 
2014-07-21 04:36:44 PM  
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/Approves.
 
2014-07-21 04:37:18 PM  

ChubbyTiger: neritz:

Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?

Yep. Odd name, great job.


Whaddya mean, odd name?

frenzyofnoise.net
 
2014-07-21 04:41:09 PM  
Brings to mind a recurring dream/nightmare for me.  I am kidnapped in the middle of the night and given a choice.  Life imprisonment, or life as a Beer Brand Ambassador.

I of course choose the latter...

Ends up being for Coors.... AAUUGGHGHGFUFUFUFU!
 
2014-07-21 04:42:24 PM  
Some friends of mine had a bar in Prague and on slow nights they would give me free beer and a little cash (about $10 converted directly, but the buying power there made it more like $25 or so) to hang out until closing time and walk her to the tram.

He worked a construction job, couldn't stay that late, and they'd had creepy guys in trying to "flirt" and pick her up who wouldn't always want to leave when no one else was around.

I don't know if I'll ever find another job so suited to my qualifications.
 
2014-07-21 04:51:18 PM  

neritz: Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?


That's what I've always heard them called. That isn't a new thing that I'm aware of.
 
2014-07-21 04:53:03 PM  

neritz: Slideshow. Bad Subby!

10. Beer sommelier
9. Beer brand owner
8. Beer brand ambassador
7. Hop farmer
6. Beer bike operator
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper
3. Beer pong champion
2. Brewery owner
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer


Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?


Yup.
 
2014-07-21 05:57:22 PM  

neritz: Slideshow. Bad Subby!

10. Beer sommelier
9. Beer brand owner
8. Beer brand ambassador
7. Hop farmer
6. Beer bike operator
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper
3. Beer pong champion
2. Brewery owner
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer


Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?


You're doing god's work. And I consider my positiin Executive Beer Imbiber an excellent career path.
 
2014-07-21 06:02:07 PM  
Slideshow. Bad  Subby!

10. Beer sommelier  - OK since you drink the beer
9. Beer brand owner - a CEO, but ok since any CEO can drink as they please on work hours
8. Beer brand ambassador - a Salesmen
7. Hop farmer - a farmer
6. Beer bike operator - a tour guide
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist - a writer, but OK, since you drink the beer
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper - a carpenter
3. Beer pong champion - not really 'enjoying' the beer there or something u can build a 40 year career on
2. Brewery owner - see #9
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer - OK since you drink the beer

10,5,1 are where you really have a job working directly with the act of drinking and trying beer

8,7,6,4 are the same as any other shiatty job, doesnt matter if its beer or cat litter you are working with

3 is a joke

1 and 9 are almost the same and its going to be mostly paperwork and boardroom meetings like any other office manager/boss
 
2014-07-21 06:20:52 PM  
I was most recently paid to drink beer while tightening up the graphics on Level 3.
 
rka
2014-07-21 06:49:07 PM  

ChubbyTiger: neritz: Slideshow. Bad Subby!

10. Beer sommelier
9. Beer brand owner
8. Beer brand ambassador
7. Hop farmer
6. Beer bike operator
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper
3. Beer pong champion
2. Brewery owner
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer


Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?

Yep. Odd name, great job.


Hmm. Everytime I hear about Cicerone's it strikes me as the most pretentious "me too" jobs out there. Just reeks of desperation to be taken seriously.

We know wine drinkers are snobs and love to be shown overpriced swill, so yeah, get a stuffy guy in a suit telling me I can't drink the white wine with the steak, but beer? Cmon. Be better than that.
 
2014-07-21 07:02:33 PM  
I notice that "brewery taste panel administrator" is nowhere on this list, which is a shame because it's an actual job which analyzes beer flavor from a quality-minded standpoint.

My job is to coordinate the procedures and data-collection of our 4+ different taste panels.   I've been trained on beer flavor for approaching 15 years now, and it was my job to train others how to taste beer.  Nowadays, however, I train the trainers.

I love fark beer threads because it gives me the opportunity to fix people's misconceptions about beer quality and flavor.
 
2014-07-21 07:17:36 PM  
I imagine my beer drinking has made quite a few careers just none that benefit me directly, other than the beer i get to drink that is.
 
2014-07-21 08:00:10 PM  
this is relevant to my interests.
 
2014-07-22 09:47:00 AM  

rka: ChubbyTiger: neritz: Slideshow. Bad Subby!

10. Beer sommelier
9. Beer brand owner
8. Beer brand ambassador
7. Hop farmer
6. Beer bike operator
5. Beer writer / Blogger / Journalist
4. Barrel apprentice / Cooper
3. Beer pong champion
2. Brewery owner
1. Brewmaster / Head Brewer


Isn't a beer sommelier also called a Cicerone?

Yep. Odd name, great job.

Hmm. Everytime I hear about Cicerone's it strikes me as the most pretentious "me too" jobs out there. Just reeks of desperation to be taken seriously.

We know wine drinkers are snobs and love to be shown overpriced swill, so yeah, get a stuffy guy in a suit telling me I can't drink the white wine with the steak, but beer? Cmon. Be better than that.


It's not really a cicerone or sommelier's job to tell you what you can't drink, it's their job to help you pick something you will enjoy. At least, that's what the good ones do. If you want to order a Coors with your meal, fine; your choice. If you want a recommendation because the wine list / tap list is unfamilliar, there's the cicerone or sommeiler .
 
2014-07-22 06:45:03 PM  
 
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