Four DeCrescente Employees Achieve the Rank of Certified Cicerone®

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There are 1,312 Certified Cicerones® in the world and four work for DeCrescente Distributing Company.

A Certified Cicerone® is expected to have extensive knowledge of brewing, beer styles, storage, beer and food pairing, and service, to name a few.

DeCrescente Distributing Company is proud to announce that employees Erik Budrakey, Joel Jaffe, Rich Hayes, and Kevin McClurken have earned the title of Certified Cicerone®.

In the beverage industry the Certified Cicerone® Program is a comprehensive testing curriculum that provides a measureable means of designating the expertise of an individual in regards to every facet of beer. The first level of certification is Certified Beer Server. The second level of certification is Certified Cicerone® and the third and final level of certification is Master Cicerone®. While anyone can call himself or herself an expert on beer, only a few have truly earned the right to do so through a lengthy and exhaustive testing program.

“We take education very seriously,” said C.J. DeCrescente, President of DeCrescente Distributing Company. “All beer salespeople are required to pass the first level of the Certified Cicerone Program. We currently have 90 Certified Beer Servers.”

The Certified Cicerone® testing process consists of a written exam including several essays, a tasting portion that tests the candidate’s palate for discerning styles of beer and off-flavors that can appear in beers, and a video demonstration involving the proper process of beer service. The exam takes approximately four hours to complete and a grade of 80 percent overall is required to pass.

“A Certified Cicerone® is expected to have extensive knowledge of brewing, beer styles, storage, beer and food pairing, and service, to name a few," said DeCrescente. “The testing process is strenuous, and very few people pass their first time. I’m extremely proud of these folks and what they have accomplished."

Currently, there are only 1,312 Certified Cicerones® in the world. Of that number, DeCrescente Distributing Company is honored to have four Certified Cicerones® on staff, further demonstrating DeCrescente’s established credibility in the beer industry and its continued commitment to superior customer service.

For more information about the Cicerone Certification Program, please visit:

About DeCrescente Distributing Company
DeCrescente Distributing Company services a distribution territory that includes 11 counties spanning 7,500 square miles in eastern New York and employs more than 400 people. The company delivers over 10.2 million cases of beverage products annually, including beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks. For more information on the 66 year-old, family-owned and operated company, visit

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