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Ray Daniels in the Tribune

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Rohit Naimpally

Pol Sci, Econ and Cricket geek who loves a good pint

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Photo credit: Draft Magazine

Out here in New Haven, I am constantly reminded of things I miss about Chicago and its beer scene. In many ways, we take it for granted that Chicago is a beer nexus of sorts, from the well-respected Chicago Beer Society to the many, many fine brewing establishments.

If you are into craft beer and the beer scene in Chicago, you have no doubt heard of Ray Daniels. A beer veteran and author of the fantastic Designing Great Beers, Ray Daniels is a beer institution in and of himself. My own interaction with him has consisted of two very hurried conversations during CBC week, but her was extremely courteous on both occasions and very unassuming for a man of his fame. Over the past three years, Mr. Daniels has been administering the Cicerone exams, a heirarchy of certifications for serious beer folk. Patrons of the Map Room will remember seeing that Jay Jankowski is a Certified Cicerone. Check out the website for more details.

Tomorrow's edition of the Chicago Tribune carries a great interview with Ray Daniels and his story (online version here): how he got into the beer industry (by way of biochemistry at Texas A&M and Harvard Business School), what motivated the Cicerone program and how beer should be served. Give it a dekko this weekend. If you are interested in knowing more, here is an older article from Draft Magazine that details the Cicerone program in a little more detail as well. We are all lucky to have folks like Ray Daniels on the beer scene 

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