Beer Taster

Drinking beer is not very hard to do, so you could say that I had a cushy job, but somebody had to do it and it might as well have been me.  I worked as a beer sommelier, a trained professional, a beer quality technician and I was also called a cicerone, working in the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industry, specialized in the service and knowledge of beer.  The money was not all that great, as I only grossed around $45,000 per year, but I got all the free beer I could drink.  I never matriculated in college, so I didn’t have any marketable skills, but I was drinking beer from the time I was old enough to walk, so that made me qualified to hold the position.  My taste buds were able to tell the difference between hops-based and malt-based beer and after a little practice, I was able to pick up on the identifying characteristics that defined each brew.

I was a lager man, not really caring for ale, but the job required me to taste a variety of beers.  I sat up in my ivory tower till the batch was ready and then I would dip a pitcher into the vat.  The first thing I looked at was the head, making sure it contained the right amount of froth.  If the beer did not measure up to standards, I would have to tell the brew master to put a sock in it and then he would dump the whole batch.  Usually the brew master would suggest that I drink another pint to make sure, but if the temperature was off, I didn’t have to do that.

I always thought that I had the coolest job on the planet and when visitors came to the brewing facility I would say, “Greetings from earth”.  Jesus turned water into wine, but brewing techniques for beer were perfected by Friars and Monks, although there is nothing saintly about making beer.  I recently changed jobs and now I am working on an airplane that is specializing on improving their inflight beer.  I am also writing a weekly post in Aeroplane magazine that is all about beer.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Suggest, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Airplane, for the Daily Spur prompt – Variety, for FOWC with Fandango – Ivory, for November Writing Prompts – Greetings from earth, for Ragtag Community – Cushy, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Post Sock Money and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Saintly.

21 thoughts on “Beer Taster

    1. I agree with you as on the surface, it seems great for a beer lover, but having to drink beer every day no matter how you are feeling could become bothersome. There is always that saying that people have eyes that are bigger than their bellies and they may not be able to drink beer all the time even if they want to.

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      1. I love ice-cream for example… but I wouldn‘t be able to test it for work. So, testing beer would definitely kill me in short period of time…. my respect ✊ to anyone who do it as a job 👏👏👏👏👏

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  1. The only time I drank beer was when it was given to the band as we played between 8pm to 3am and at least 90 degrees on stage because of the body heat and summer… we wouldn’t get drunk because we would sweat it out in a couple of sets. It tasted great then though.

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      1. Yes but they need to be transferred from tape…they are from either the late 80s or early 90s. I do need to make them digital.

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