There are approximately 2,740 Certified Cicerones in the world and six work for DeCrescente Distributing Company.


DeCrescente Distributing Company is proud to announce that employees Bill Ramsey, Marcus Harnichar, and Michael Read have earned the title of Certified Cicerone. Ramsey, Harnichar, and Read join Nathan Reynolds, Matthew Zaloga, and Melissa Hildreth to make a total of six Certified Cicerones at the local beverage distributor.

“We take education very seriously here at DeCrescente Distributing,” said C.J. DeCrescente, president of DeCrescente Distributing Company. “All our beer salespeople are required to pass the first level of the Cicerone Certification Program. We currently have 100 Certified Beer Servers.”

In the beer industry, the Cicerone Certification 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. Certified Cicerone is the second level of certification. Those who achieve this certification have a solid and well-rounded knowledge of beer and beer service as well as basic competence in assessing beer quality and identity by taste. The four-hour exam includes written, tasting, and demonstration portions. It is given more than 100 times a year at sites across the U.S. and Canada and also at other international sites. A grade of 80% overall and at least 70% on the tasting portion are required to pass.

“The testing process is strenuous and very few people pass their first time,” added DeCrescente. “I’m extremely proud of these folks and what they have accomplished.”

There are 2,740 Certified Cicerones in the world and approximately 150 in New York State. DeCrescente Distributing Company is honored to have six Certified Cicerones on staff, further demonstrating DeCrescente Distributing’s established credibility in the beer industry and their continued commitment to superior customer service.

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About DeCrescente Distributing Company
DeCrescente Distributing Company is a fourth-generation beverage distributor, family owned and operated since 1948. DeCrescente takes great pride in its employees, customer service and community involvement. Most notably, DeCrescente has been awarded Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for seven consecutive years while employing more than 400 people. Some of the company’s brands include MillerCoors, Boston Beer Co., New Belgium, Heineken, Brooklyn Brewery, Corona, Sierra Nevada, FX Matt Brewing Company, Yuengling, Guinness, Snapple, Saratoga Water, and Polar Beverages. They also distribute a unique variety of local craft beers as well as wine and spirits. Some of the local favorites include the Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing, Saratoga Brewery, Druthers Brewing, and Saratoga Courage Distillery. For more information on DeCrescente Distributing Company, please visit our website

About Cicerone Certification Program
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) Keeping and Serving Beer, 2) Beer Styles, 3) Beer Flavor and Evaluation, 4) Beer Ingredients and Brewing Processes, and 5) Pairing Beer with Food. To this date, more than 80,000 individuals have been certified through the program. For more information on “What is a Cicerone?” visit: