Chicago – January 5 2012 – The Cicerone®Certification Program today announced that Nicole Erny of Oakland, CA earned the title of Master Cicerone® during testing in November. Erny earned the certification through a series of exams culminating with two days of intense taste testing plus written and oral questioning about beer styles, beer service, draft systems, beer evaluation, brewing technology and beer and food pairing given November 9 & 10.

 Erny joins the elite ranks of Master Cicerones which includes just three other individuals: Rich Higgins of San Francisco, Dave Kahle of Chicago and Andrew Van Til of Michigan. Erny is both the first woman to earn this honor and also the youngest ever to acheve this.