SoDel Concepts holds certified beer server training for employees

 PHOTO: Matt Patton (center), a Certified Cicerone® and director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, recently led a class to help employees increase their knowledge of every aspect of beer including flavors and ingredients, ways to help guests select beer, and the proper way to pour and serve beer. The hospitality group currently has 25 certified beer servers.

PHOTO: Matt Patton (center), a Certified Cicerone® and director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, recently led a class to help employees increase their knowledge of every aspect of beer including flavors and ingredients, ways to help guests select beer, and the proper way to pour and serve beer. The hospitality group currently has 25 certified beer servers.

REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL. (Nov. 15, 2018) — SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group with 10 restaurants, recently held its first class for employees interested in becoming certified beer servers. 

“We used study guides provided by the Cicerone Certification program, which is the gold standard for beer training, and additional materials that I compiled,” said Matt Patton director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, one of only seven Certified Cicerones® in the State of Delaware, and an avid home brewer. “The class covered the proper way to pour and serve beer. We also talked about a wide variety of beer styles and flavors so that our team can help guests choose from the many beers that we offer. The training included an extensive beer tasting to develop first hand experience with the styles.”

The two day training featured a six part curriculum including: education on the Cicerone Certification program; proper storage and serving beer; styles, flavors and tasting; ingredients; and pairing beer and food.  The class finished with an extensive tasting where participants tasted, took notes, and discussed 20 different distinct styles of beer.    

With the training under their belts, the participants were qualified to take the Level 1 Certified Beer Server exam. Of the forty-five people signed up for the training, 25 have taken and passed the test to become certified. 

SoDel Concepts also has employees who are taking exams to become certified sommeliers, said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. “We are continually investing in our team not only to help them advance in the hospitality industry but also to improve the guest experience,” he said. 

For information about SoDel Concepts, visit sodelconcepts.com. \

About SoDel Concepts

Based in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, SoDel Concepts is a multifaceted, award-winning hospitality group with 10 coastal restaurants: Fish On and Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes; The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro; Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar and Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth; Matt’s Fish Camp and Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach; NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View; and Catch 54 and Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island.