Rich Higgins -- one of six master cicerones in the world -- will lead a special beer tasting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Seventh Son Brewing Co. in Columbus. The event, called "Rusticity & Elegance: Contemporary Beers With A Hint Of The Past," is part of a summer tour.
Higgins "will lead a fun and informative tasting of five beers, explaining the unique flavors and brewing processes of each," a news release says. The featured beers are: Seventh Son Spring Sheep Stout, Birra Amiata Contessa, Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter, Seventh Son Stone Fort Oat Brown Ale and Olvisholt Lava.
Higgins was the third person to earn the master cicerone title, which is similar to a master sommelier for wine. He brewed professionally for eight years and owns the consulting company, Consultant a la Biere. He also served three years as president of the San Francisco Brewers Guild and was event director of San Francisco Beer Week.
Tickets are $25 and include tastes of five beers, plus various cheeses
and crackers. For tickets or more details about Higgins, click here.