James Sforza, one of our Service Managers, is also our house Certified Cicerone. Since 2006, the Cicerone Certification Program has been the industry standard for providing the beer world with a professional certification, and the term "Certified Cicerone" is a protected registered trademark. Being a Certified Cicerone means that James is certified in the following areas:
-Beer Storage, Sales, and Service
-Beer Styles and Culture
-Beer Tasting and Flavors
-Brewing Ingredients and Processes --Beer and Food Pairing
When James passed his exam in May of 2014, he became the 41st Certified Cicerone in the state of Ohio. As of January 2015, he is one of only 45 in Ohio, and still the Mahoning Valley's first and only Certified Cicerone. He continues to develop his passion for beer every day.
For a complete look at what James's knowledge entails, view the Cicerone Syllabus here: https://cicerone.org/files/Certified_Cicerone_Syllabus_v2.pdf