Another successful beer sommelier course in Japan

Another successful beer sommelier course in Japan

2018 saw the premiere of the beer sommelier training programme open in Japan, operated with our local partner in Tokyo. Sebastian Hohentanner from Bet Tech is an experienced expert on Japanese culture and history, speaks fluent Japanese and enjoys an excellent reputation in the Japanese brewing industry. Together with the Japan Beer Association (JBA) and Masahiro Yamagami as course director, he has succeeded in building up an excellent team of trainers around him. With the expertise and enthusiasm of Sebastian and his team, establishing this training programme in Japan was easy.

The beer sommelier training programme takes place in blocks of four modules, mainly at weekends. Dr. Michael Zepf, Head of Doemen’s Savour Academy, travelled to Tokyo for the fourth module in during the spring of 2024 and co-taught with Sebastian Hohentanner and Masahiro Yamagami, also conducting the oral and written exams for the 15 beer enthusiasts (Brewer; Beer Judges; Wine/Sake Sommeliers; Owner/Manager of Bars/Restaurants). After passing their exams, the enthusiastic participants received their certificates and the coveted beer sommelier pin.


Pictures: Sebastian Hohentanner


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