The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced plans to add beer qualifications to its portfolio.

WSET currently offers qualifications in wine, spirits and sake, and says it will be adding Level 1 and 2 beer qualifications both online and in the classroom.

“We are always assessing and investigating opportunities to grow our delivery in the global drinks industry,” says Ian Harris, WSET CEO.

“Beer is by far the single largest category in the industry and, with the growth of the craft beer movement, it has become increasingly diverse and complex – so it makes sense for us to bring our educational expertise to the sector.”

Development of the new qualifications is still in the early stages and WSET is working in partnership with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) – a global provider of technical education to professional brewers, distillers and associated suppliers – on the initiative.

“The IBD diversified into beer appreciation and flavour training with the acquisition of the Beer Academy over 12 years ago,” says Jerry Avis, IBD CEO.

“We are now excited to work with WSET to bring that expertise to a global market and to enhance opportunities for both organisations in supporting the brewing and hospitality sectors worldwide.”

There are no official dates for the launch but the courses will explore the main types and styles of beer, key methods of production, tasting technique and food and beer pairing, following the same well-established principles as the Level 1 and 2 courses in wines and spirits.

Courses will initially be developed in English before being translated into other languages.

Click here to learn more about WSET’s qualifications in wines, spirits and sake.

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