Always wanted to know more about beer?
Can you tell the difference between an IPA and a pilsner? A brown ale and a porter?
WSET are proud to have launched their first-ever beer courses. The exciting new Level 1 Award in Beer is a beginner-level qualification for anyone interested in learning the basics about lagers, ales, sours and more. Through a short and interactive course, you’ll learn the foundations of beer production, styles, service, food pairing and tasting.
Upon completion you’ll gain a globally recognised qualification and the knowledge to help you explore the world of beer in greater depth.
What you’ll learn
The WSET Level 1 Award in Beer provides a great introduction to the world of beer. Learning through sight, smell and taste, you’ll become familiar with a range of beer styles and how they are made.
If you work with beer, you’ll be able to answer customer queries with confidence and provide helpful recommendations. If you’re learning for fun, you’ll feel inspired to explore new styles and know how to get the most out of every glass.
The main ingredients used to make beer
malt and other sugar sources, water, hops, yeast
The main production steps used to make beer
The principles of successful beer storage, service and food pairing
Beer storage and service: keeping beer fresh, glassware, pouring keg beer, opening and pouring bottled beer, service temperature
Common beer faults: staling, light strike (skunking), bacterial infection
Food and beer: Preferences, sensitivities, interactions, application and other considerations
The characteristics of a range of key beer styles
Malt-driven styles: American or international pale lager, Munich helles, Blonde ale, Munich dunkel, Brown ale, Porter and stout, Barley wine
Hop-driven styles: Traditional Czech or German pilsner, Bitter, American pale ale, American IPA, Hazy IPA
Yeast driven styles: Weissbier, Dubbel, Tripel, Saison, Witbier
Sour styles: Berliner weisse, Geuze (gueuze)
Course delivery & assessment
No prior beer knowledge is required, just enthusiasm!
WSET’s approach focuses on learning through tasting, so you can experience the influence of ingredients, processes and other key factors on what’s in the glass.
You won’t be assessed on your tasting skills at Level 1, but tasting is an important part of the course. You’ll learn the basics of how to taste and describe beer using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Beer.
Ready to boost your beer knowledge?