Civilization of Beer Celebrates Five Years

September 15, 2011

So you haven’t heard of the Civilization of Beer? We’ve written about this awesome organization in the past. Weren’t you paying attention?

Samuel Merrit of Civilization of Beer

Courtesy of the Civilization of Beer Facebook, Samuel Merrit

Well, anyway, we’ll recap. Civilization of Beer is an organization founded by friend of the blog, Samuel Merrit, one of 170 Certified Cicerones in the United States (it’s like a beer sommelier but more official). Sam is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and responsible consumption of high quality beer by educating through his many Civilization of Beer events. Those events include beer and food pairings, tastings, Cicerone test prep classes and even customized events for private or corporate organizations.

In fact, Mad Hops and I have attended a Cicerone test prep class led by Sam — in preparation for the Cicerone Certified Beer Server test — and we gained everything we need for the test. He’s thorough and helpful but he’s also a ton of fun. His classes are well worth their weight in beer — though I’m not really sure how you weigh a class or an event. But if it meant a lot of beer, we could all put our heads together and figure out how to do it.

Aside from the many beer events hosted by Sam’s organization, he’s also involved with various philanthropic efforts. With a mission to promote responsible and environmentally sustainable practices, Sam co-captains Brooklyn Brewery’s cycling team which takes part in the Global Impact Tour’s Braking the Cycle Aids Ride, which supports AIDS treatment at a local LGBT center. No joke — want proof? Watch the short film that was made about his avid biking habits here.

Civilization of Beer was founded in 2006. Sam will be celebrating five years this week (and a birthday apparently — I’m hoping he’s older than 21). So we’re happy to raise our glass and congratulate him. Congrats, Sam! Here’s to another five years and many more.

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