Earn your Level 1 Award in Spirits from WSET
What basic knowledge do you have of the different spirits? Do you know the minimum amount of aging a cognac requires? Is Mexico, France, Japan or the Caribbean most reputable for whisky production? Bartenders should understand where in the world each spirit comes from, plus what each of the spirits they pour is made from. The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been offering training in wine and spirits now for over 50 years. Spirits are now a dedicated learning track so that those interested specifically in distilled and aged products can get certified.
Learn About Spirits at Fine Art Bartending
Fine Art Bartending is proud to be one of WSET’s Approved Programme Providers for offering their Level 1 Award in Spirits. For more than 50 years, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust has been certifying individuals worldwide in wine, spirits and sake. At Fine Art, we are excited to teach this interactive 1-day class in spirits for anyone looking for additional spirits knowledge.
This first level of training starts with the key steps in creating a spirit. We start with different still types and the role that aging and adding sweetness play in the final product. Alcohol is easy to make. Handling and storing requires care and attention to craft the bottled spirits we know and love. Come spend a bit of time and learn those essentials of spirit production.
The class then progresses to understanding the principal categories of spirits. Discuss key flavour characteristics and the raw materials utilized in creating the alcohol. Learn about essential labelling terms found on bottles. Answer questions about aging of spirits by noting key wording. Taste different spirits! We have 12 different tasting samples to illustrate typical characteristics of each spirit. Coaching in how to properly taste is a skill unto itself and with a little help we can show you what you need.
Next Class FRIDAY May 1st 9-5PM
We wrap up the learning portion with some tips for proper storage of spirits. As an added bonus, as a bartending school we demonstrate essential tips for making cocktails. Glassware and some basic bar equipment must be understood to create a decent cocktail.
Certification Requires Testing
Now after spending all that time sitting and learning, we need to see how much you have retained. WSET is the certification body for this Level 1 Spirits class and they have a 30 question multiple choice test to assess your general knowledge.
Registration Closes April 17th
We have some very strict guidelines to follow while administering the test. Students must be registered for the classes 2 weeks in advance of the class start date so that participants can be properly registered with WSET and exams can be sent from the UK to us in Vancouver. Late registrations can not be accepted due to the time required for student processing.
A One-Day Certification in Spirits
If you were looking for a great certification in Spirits to add to your resume, the Level 1 Award in Spirits from WSET is a great addition. This is a straightforward and interactive class. Taste 12 different samples of spirits in Vancouver’s favourite bartending school. Achieve more than 70% on that test and you will earn the worldwide recognized WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits along with the WSET lapel pin!
Our next class will be held on FRIDAY May 1st, from 9AM-5PM. We hold all our classes at our downtown Vancouver location on Pender between Richards and Homer. Jump on the Skytrain, then walk a few minutes from Waterfront station to 432 W Pender. Come join us for a few tasting samples including some fine cognacs, and learn all about spirits.