(Press Release)

Jason Pratt of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the newest certified Master Cicerone® (Photo Courtesy Tenth and Blake).

CHICAGO, Ill.—The Cicerone® Certification Program today announced that Tenth and Blake Beer Company’s Jason Pratt has become the eleventh individual to earn the title of Master Cicerone®. Pratt earned the certification through a series of exams culminating with two days of intense written and oral questioning about beer styles, draft systems, beer evaluation, brewing technology and beer and food pairing given on November 3 and 4 in Chicago.

“Jason posted impressive results in all areas of the exam,” said Ray Daniels, Founder and Director of the Cicerone Certification Program. “We are thrilled to have him as a representative of the Master Cicerone title.”  

“We’re lucky to have Jason on our team,” said Scott Whitley, President and CEO of Tenth and Blake. “He’s been a mentor to hundreds of people at MillerCoors on their beer education journey – including me.”

While more than 60,000 have passed the first level Cicerone exam known as Certified Beer Server, only 11 individuals have now earned the Master Cicerone title—the fourth and top level of the program. Founded in 2007, the Cicerone Certification Program tests and certifies beer expertise similar to the wine world’s Master Sommelier program. The Master Cicerone exam includes six hours of written essay questions, two hours of oral examination from 12 different industry experts and two hours of tasting and evaluation covering more than 40 different samples of beer. Candidates need an overall score of 85 percent to pass.

A total of 24 candidates took the November 2015 exam in Chicago, with one individual achieving a passing score. Across all Master Cicerone exams, there have been 120 exam attempts by 89 individuals with 11 individuals achieving a passing score.


As Manager of Beer Education and a member of Tenth and Blake’s leadership team, Pratt is responsible for developing and executing a beer education strategy for the company. Pratt has a Master of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University and has studied at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK. During his time as a Yeast and Fermentation Scientist in the Brewing and Research Division of MillerCoors, Jason was named MillerCoors Master Brewer’s Division “Taster of the Year” three times for his performance on the expert sensory panel.  

Pratt joins the ten previously designated Master Cicerones®: Andrew Van Til of San Francisco; David Kahle of Chicago; Rich Higgins of San Francisco; Nicole Erny of Oakland, CA; Neil Witte of Kansas City, MO; Mirella Amato of Toronto, ON; Pat Fahey of Chicago; Patrick Rue of Placentia, CA; James Watt of Aberdeen, UK; and Rob MacKay of Aberdeen, UK.

The knowledge required for the Master Cicerones® certification is outlined in the program’s Master Syllabus which can be viewed at www.cicerone.org. The website provides information on the other levels of certification leading up to the Master Cicerone® exam.

To set up an interview with Ray Daniels and learn more about the Cicerone® Certification Program, you may contact Jenny Pfafflin at 773-549-4800 or jp@cicerone.org.


Founded in 2007 by brewer, author and beer educator Ray Daniels, The Cicerone Certification Program seeks to ensure that consumers receive the best quality beer at every service occasion. To facilitate this, those who sell and serve beer are encouraged to acquire knowledge in five areas: 1) Beer Storage, Sales and Service; 2) Beer Styles and Culture; 3) Beer Tasting and Flavors; 4) Brewing Ingredients and Processes; 5) Pairing Beer with Food

For more information on “What is a Cicerone?” visit: cicerone.org/about

The Tenth and Blake family of breweries includes Blue Moon Brewing Co., Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee, AC Golden, Birra Peroni and Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Tenth and Blake beers include Blue Moon Belgian White, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, George Killian’s Irish Red, Henry Weinhard’s IPA, Colorado Native and Grolsch. You can find out more at www.Facebook.com/TenthAndBlake.