Cool Career: Get Paid To Drink Beer As A Professional Beer Taster

Probably one of the coolest jobs on the planet, especially if you enjoy a good beer, is working as Beer and Ale taster. Yes, this job is just as awesome as it sounds – someone pays you to drink beer and ale. For beer lovers, it truly doesn’t get any better than this – am I right?

Of course, not all the beer is great. That’s why they need you. Beer and ale makers employ professional tasters to let them know if knew beverages are good enough to be released to the public. Some of the beers you taste will never actually make it to the market. Hopefully, none of those will be your favorites!

Beer Taster Job Requirements

Qualifying for the job of a professional taster doesn’t really require all that much in terms of skills and qualifications. Obviously, you need to enjoy the taste of beer and ale. And you need a pretty decent palate. So, if you think that Bud Light is the best and only beer worth drinking, well, you’re probably not going to be able to land this job – unless it’s with the people who make Bud Light, then you might have a shot.

Your taste buds need to be able to tell the difference between hops-based and malt-based beer. Likewise, you’ll need to be able to tell your boss if a sample is too hoppy, etc. As you taste each brew, you should be able to pick up on the identifying characteristics that define each brew. You’ll also need to be able to tell the difference in texture among the different types of beers, such as thick for stouts and thin for pale ales.

Since you can’t get a degree is beerology in college, you don’t need anything more than a high school diploma when it comes to education. Sure, a little bit of college or a degree might help to give you a boost against other candidates, but it’s not required for the gig. However, there are a few places where you can get certified as a beer taster, which can help you land this job. Check out the programs below for more information:

Beer Taster Salary

Since this job is available all over the world, and with breweries of all sizes, the average salary is hard to determine. It ranges all over the map. In the United Kingdom, you can expect around 200GBP per day, which is a pretty nice pay rate. In the United States, the average reported seems to be around $45,000 per year. Of course, your pay rate will likely be a bit lower when you first get started until you gain some experience.

It is worth pointing out that many beer tasters function as Beer Quality Technicians who visit local area pubs to taste the beer from their brewery. And this means being on-call all the time in case one of those pubs has a problem with a cooler or something else related. So, this can be a 40+ hour per week job. Not that drinking beer is hard work!

Getting A Beer Taster Job

If you love beer and think that you’re a good candidate for this job, it’s time to start looking for open jobs. You will usually see the job title listed as Professional Beer Taster, Beer Sommelier, Cicerones or Beer Quality Technician.

The best places to find these jobs is to check the current job openings at all the breweries that you are interested in working with. These jobs are not always publicized widely, which means checking the openings for each brewery can be the only way to find out about them. Some examples include Anheuser-Busch, Constellation Brands, and MillerCoors.

You can sometimes find job openings on some of the major job ad sites, like

For more information on what it’s like to work as a professional beer taster, check out some of the links below.

5 Best Bars in Denver

Denver, the capital and most heavily populated city in the U.S. state of Colorado, is a glorious mountain city, with an elevation of exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, earning it its nickname as the Mile High City.  Denver is a true tourist’s dream, boasting thousands of diverse sites and attractions.  From its miles of mountains and many ski resorts, to its variety of museums to the many landmarks and historic buildings that call this city home, there is always something to do and see when visiting Denver, which was recently voted one of the “happiest and healthiest cities in the country.”

In addition to the scores of things to take in during the day when visiting Denver, the city additionally boasts an incredible nightlife, with hundreds of trendy bars, cocktail lounges and neighborhoods pubs serving up the best in cold beer, wine and tasty libations.  In the following article we will highlight a few of these great drinking establishments, and provide an in-depth description of each locale:  the atmosphere, characteristics, typical crowd and location of each bar, among other pertinent facts.

The Acorn

Located at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, in the downtown section of Denver, the Acorn is a wonderfully popular bar, boasting one of the best panoramic views of the Colorado Rocky Mountain range and all of its glory.  This sister restaurant of the very popular Boulders Oak bar, located just outside of Denver, the Acorn offers one of the most innovative and scrumptious cocktail menus in the city—a menu that uses a variety of different fine spirits, fresh juices and an interesting blend of herbs and spices.

The Acorn also doubles as a fine restaurant, a reputation that the Head Chef Steven Redzukauski takes very serious.  Here the food can only be dubbed as extraordinary, and most of the menu offerings are cooked via its oak wood-fired oven that sits in the middle of the dining area, making for a very unique and interesting dining experience.  All of the entrees and appetizers at the Acorn are designed carefully around the drink menu (and vice-versa); with Redzukauski and Head Bartender Bryan Dayter working closely together to ensure every experience here is a special one.

The Acorn, a comfortable and welcoming bar by any definition, offers a full selection of delicious craft beers, most of which are brewed locally in the Denver area.  The wine list is extensive, and the signature cocktail menu includes all of the classic drinks, as well as some house invented specialties, such as the “Across the Mediterranean”, a delicious blend of Gin Bonal, Contratto Bianca, two different liqueurs and lavender bitters.

The horseshoe-shaped bar at the Acorn, as well as the tables that surround it, are all marble-topped, and the décor includes wooden banquets and walls that are adorned with murals painted by local artists.  The 35-seat outdoor mezzanine, where you’ll get your best view of the mountains in the distance, is fashioned out of old Coca Cola bottles, giving the bar a bit of a quirky, artsy feel.

Roo Bar

Located at 3480 Park Avenue West in the City-Center section of Denver, the popular Roo Bar was formerly located on Fillmore Street, thus breaking a lot of hearts in that area when it closed down to move to its new location.  A comfortable pool hall with true Denver style, the always-crowded Roo Bar is a popular hangout for the city’s younger crowd, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when the place is really jumping with excitement

The several pool tables at the Roo Bar are surrounded by 50s-style diner booths along the walls, and the long, straight bar has room for about 30 thirsty patrons.  Their signature cocktail list includes an impressive selection of martinis, and the roughly 20 beers on tap, which are rotated regularly, are always ice cold.

In addition to great beer and liquors, the Roo Bar satisfies its guests with a terrific menu of snack-style food, including burgers, dogs, sandwiches, pizza and more.  The bartenders and servers are very friendly, and the atmosphere, much like your typical pool hall, is laidback and amiable.

Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel

One of Denver’s many rooftop bars, the Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel offers some of the best views of the city’s skyline and is a great place to spend a summertime evening with friends.  Although its many offerings of beer, wine and signature cocktails are among the priciest on our list, the service at the Fire Terrace is exemplary, making it well worth the extra cost.

Guests of the aptly-named Fire Terrace Bar can perch upon one of the many semi-private lounge areas the bar boasts, each with its own glowing fire to keep them warm and comfy.  The hotel also boasts a well-maintained collection of amazing art, and guided tours are available for guests of the hotel who wish to learn more about the art’s origins.

Funky Buddha Lounge

Situated at 776 Lincoln Street in downtown Denver, the Funky Buddha Lounge is a bar that truly lives up to its unusual name.  A former dive bar named Romansito’s, the Funky Buddha Lounge now attracts the city’s upscale hipster and baby boomer crowd.  The lounge has a cool design and a minimalist, no-frills décor, and its delectable menu of original cocktails simply cannot be matched in the downtown area.

According to locals in the know, the Funky Buddha Lounge offers one of the best Happy Hours in the city, with half-priced well drinks and draught beer specials from 5:00 to 7:00 PM every Monday through Friday.  This makes it a very popular place to take a date for a pre-dinner drink.  DJs entertain the lounge’s late night crowd with music that spans many different genres, particularly indie and alternative music, as well as some well-known hits from the 1980s.

The Pioneer

Located just yards away from the well-attended University of Denver, the Pioneer is a true college bar that regularly attracts scores of students after a long day/week of studying.  The drinks at the Pioneer, which include a range of tap and bottled beers (foreign, domestic and craft beer) and house-inspired cocktails are reasonably priced, particularly the several flavors of Margaritas they offer, which sell for a mere $4 apiece.  These margaritas pair awesome with the bar’s Mexican-themed menu of eats.

A comprehensive juke box, pool tables, games, and several high-def televisions provide the entertainment at this laidback and unpretentious establishment, and the bartenders and servers, many of whom also attend the local university, are friendly and competent.

Denver cityscape by tpsdave/Pixabay CC0 license

6 Best Bars in Montreal

The most heavily populated city in the Canadian province of Quebec, and the second-most populous city in the entire country (after Toronto), Montreal is a brilliant, clean and very beautiful city that offers a countless number of sights and attractions.

A wonderfully diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis, Montreal was recently named “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine, and the city is the undisputed hub for the country’s French-language media and theater industries.   Montreal hosts several cultural events, fairs and music festivals each year, and its nightlife scene is considered one of the best in North America.   This nightlife includes hundreds of great bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs, all designed to give the Montreal people (and tourists) a place to relax, party and let loose, if only for a while.

In the following article we have shined a light on several of these great Montreal drinking establishments, and provided a brief description of each—a description that includes each bar’s atmosphere and vibe, usual crowd, food and drink offerings, and the amenities/diversions available to customers.

Dieu du Ciel

Situated at 29 Avenue Laurier Quest in Montreal, the bar known as Dieu du Ciel, or “Good Lord” in English, is a quaint, yet exotic bar and lounge that is very popular among local residents.  Although a bit pricey, Dieu du Ciel offers a full menu of house microbrews, domestics and unusual imported beer selections, from stouts that are infused with chocolate malts to spicy red ales with peppercorn accents.

The interior of Dieu du Ciel is sleek and sophisticated, and the well-dressed bartenders rarely miss a drink order (in English or French).  The signature cocktail menu is as exotic as the selection of microbrews, including their Aphrodisiac Cocktails, whose ingredients are mainly secret, yet no less delicious.

Whiskey Café

Attracting a mostly affluent collection of local clientele, the Whiskey Café is an upscale and classy drinking establishment that should definitely be experienced at least once.  At the Whiskey Café, it’s very rare to see people actually gathered at the bar, but rather perched in the high-back and very comfortable arm chairs that populate the bar, taking advantage of table service, some great reading material and perhaps even a rich, dark Cohiba cigar.  Top Shelf spirits and aged wine are available for customers to sip on, including over 100 varieties of single malt whiskey and scotch.

The stark, yet tasteful bar provides a guest book in which patrons are free to sign in as they enter, and a car service will take you home should you find yourself too inebriated to safely drive.  There is also a wonderful café adjacent to the bar, from which many customers order caviar to go along with their libation (s).

Dominion Square Tavern

Located at 1243 Rue Metcalfe, in the heart of downtown Montreal, the Dominion Square Tavern is perhaps the antithesis of the Whiskey Café—a laidback hotspot with affordable drink and grub prices and a simple, welcoming décor.  Modeled after a Prohibition-style saloon, the tavern, which is situated just one street away from the decadent temptations of St, Catherine’s Street, boasts nearly 40 varieties of draft beer and ale, and a food menu that includes a number of the French-styled snack foods that are so popular around Montreal.

The Dominion Square Tavern has a long, wooden bar, behind which the two bartenders effortlessly mix up the drink orders that are shouted over the loud jukebox music.  Absinthe fountains are perched on the tables that surround the bar, so be careful—just a couple sips of this potent liqueur can go a long way.


A great bar by evening, which transitions into a chic after-hours club come to 2 AM, Stereo is one of the trendiest nightspots in the city, located on the aforementioned Saint Catharine Street.  Recently named one of the Top Ten nightclubs in the world by Muzik Magazine, Stereo boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and amazing swivel lighting, which together keep happy revelers dancing into the light of the day.  On weekend nights, live performers take the stage as the dancers cheer them on; and on the more subdued weekday nights, DJ-spun tunes and jukebox music is always blaring.

The drinks at Stereo include a full lineup of foreign and domestic beer, and a refreshing array of house-invented cocktails that are always fresh and fruity.

La Distillerie

Located at 300 Rue Ontario East, La Distillerie, or “the Distillery,” has a well-known reputation for cocktails that are both large and extremely potent, not to mention fairly reasonably priced.  This combination makes it a very popular spot among the city of Montreal’s younger crowd—a group that has perhaps yet to learn their limits.

Both beer and cocktails at La Distillerie are served by the liter (if requested); most in an old Mason jar that is representative of the 1920s.  The décor at the bar is glitzy and bright, with both gold and silver accents spread throughout the space.  No (main) food service is offered at this bar and nightclub, but there are peanuts and goldfish crackers to nosh on while you sip your favorite drink.


Modeled after some of the bar’s in its namesake city in Japan, the Tokyo Bar is a split-level bar and dance club that truly comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights after 10:00 PM.  The small, yet posh club, located in Montreal’s Saint Laurent District, was recently renovated to reflect some of the modern trends in the city.  The main room hosts a bar that resembles an old-time saloon, with walk-up service to the long wooden bar and a spattering of rustic tables and benches dispersed neatly around the room.  The upstairs area of the tavern is home to a stage area, DJ booth and a fairly small dance floor that is usually jam-packed.  The music genres featured at the bar range from rock to indie to hip hop tunes, and the live music is performed mostly by local acts, although occasionally a touring group will stop in for a set or two.

The drink menu is very diverse at the Tokyo Bar, ranging from bottled and draught beer, to fruity cocktails to martinis, of which there are over 80 varieties.

Montreal cityscape by Unsplash/Pixabay CC0 license

5 Best Bars in Dublin

The capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin, which is also the capital of the province of Leinster, is located on the country’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.  The city, which boasts a population of nearly 1.4 million permanent residents, is unique in that it incorporates all the history and traditions of the Old Country, mixed with its modern infrastructure and architecture, to create a truly diverse city that is loved by its people.

With ancient structures like the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral leading the way, Dublin has remained a popular tourist destination for centuries, drawing millions of people each year from across the globe, some coming to learn about their Irish heritage and others merely enthralled with the Irish culture.

Speaking of culture, drinking and bars are a big part of Dublin’s identity, and the city is by far the country’s busiest nightlife destination, boasting hundreds of pubs, bars, lounges and other nighttime hotspots within the city limits—haunts that are always packed to the gills, particularly on weekends and on important “drinking holidays,” such as St. Patrick’s Day.

In the following article we will highlight several of the best and brightest drinking establishments in the city of Dublin, including a cursory description of each locale’s drink and grub offerings; amenities; and the typical crowd and atmosphere you’re likely to find at each bar.


Located at 57 Harcourt Street in the Dublin City Center, Odeon is NOT your traditional Irish pub.  Recently reopened after a fairly extensive remodel, Odeon is a superbly lavish and plush drinking locale, sporting dark curtains and Old World lampshades that emit a warm and romantic glow throughout the bar and restaurant areas.

The Odeon Bar serves up all the traditional libations—beer, wine and spirits—and their in-house-inspired medley of cocktails is truly special and satisfying.  Among the many original concoctions you will find here are the Spiced Mojito, a combination of cardamom-infused Cuban spiced rum and fresh lime juice, topped with mint and spiced pineapple; the Guy Fawkes, made with gunpowder tea-infused gin and a blackberry truffle; and their own special take on the Manhattan, with house-made truffle bitters to give it a wonderful smoky taste. The bar even has an impressive cache of dessert drinks, including their Edible Collins (made with gin and jelly) and an array of Hot and Cold Cosmopolitans.

Soft jazz and blues music is piped into the bar over a great sound system at this dress-to-impress bar—a wonderful place for an anniversary dinner and cocktail.

The Garage Bar

Located in the Temple Bar community of Dublin, the Garage Bar is a laidback establishment with over 50 varieties of draught beer on tap, including the ever so popular Guinness Ale.   A bit of a departure from some of the other cookie-cutter style Irish pubs in the city, the Garage Bar, which is located on Essex Street, boasts an open floor plan and furnishings that seem more suitable for a mechanic’s shop than a bar.  Here you will find vintage 1950s gas pumps scattered throughout the space, a bar front fashioned from all car doors, sawdust floors and seating around old wooden tables with a tire base.

The unique décor is not the only thing that drives waves of customers to this fun drinking establishment.  The Garage Bar features great prices on pitchers of beer and reasonably priced cocktails that are mixed fresh and ably by the friendly bartenders.  Great music is always pumping out of the bar’s jukebox, and the two pool tables at the back of the club are always bustling with happy partiers.

37 Dawson Street

Formerly known as Ron Black’s, 37 Dawson Street is a lively and ritzy lounge, a space that boasts more than its fair share of antiques, and accents that include decorative curtains, custom-made sofas, a roaring fireplace and animal heads adorning the walls.  There are four separate and unique areas in this light-filled and very large bar, each with its own personality.  In one room you are likely to find antique bookshelves packed with first-edition scripts, only to find a neon-based dance floor and DJ booth in the next,

The drink menu at 37 Dawson Street is extensive and delicious, and while most customers are known to sip on wine and classic cocktails, others turn to the signature menu of libations, such as their No. 37 Bloody Mary, a mixture of Absolut Vodka, tomato juice and an amazing combination of eleven different spices, condiments and juices.  One of the four distinct rooms, known as the Whiskey Bar, has a separate entrance and seating area, where patrons can sample over a 100 different varieties of whiskey while relaxing on comfy leather sofas that will melt away the worries of the day.

The Black Sheep

With a name indicative of a true Irish pub, the Black Sheep, located on Capel Street in Dublin’s City Centre District, is the sister bar to Camden Street’s Against the Grain pub.  The Black Sheep has a rustic vibe and atmosphere, punctuated with wide wooden tables and a range of fun board games stashed away for a competitive game night among friends.

The Black Sheep is the type of place where the clientele may stay for hours to enjoy the great beer, wine and terrific food—an Irish-inspired menu of snacks, appetizers and calorie-packed comfort meals.  There are over 100 craft beers on tap at the Black Sheep, making it one of the preferred destinations for beer and ale aficionados in the city, of which there are many.

The Rum Bar

Also located in the city’s downtown quarter, the Rum Bar is the place to go for the sweet island liquor from which it takes its name, as the bar carries more than 100 different varieties of rum from around the world.

The Rum Bar, which boasts a rather relaxed atmosphere and a speakeasy-type feel, is packed most nights of the week during happy hour, mostly with the city’s working class, but it also hosts a much younger crowd into the late-night hours, when the music starts pumping and straight-up shots become the most popular order.

Bridge in Dublin by clairetardy/Pixabay CC0 license

5 Best Bars in Dallas

The second-largest city in the enormous state of Texas (after Houston) and the fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the United States, Dallas is one of the state’s most recognized cities and a popular tourist stop among travelers around the globe.  In addition to boasting thousands of things to do and see, Dallas is home to an amazing nightlife, marked by the literally hundreds of bars, pubs, and live music venues that call this city home.

Home to countless museums, the NFL’s emblematic Dallas Cowboys, and scores of national and federal landmarks, Dallas is truly a sightseer’s paradise.  And after a long day on the tourism trail, the city and its many bars have just the right recipe to help you relax and chill out.  To illustrate this point, below we will introduce you to several of the finest drinking locales in the city, and describe for you the type of environment, vibe and décor boasted by each club, as well as their respective food and drink selections, and some of the amenities at each bar, such as music, games and other diversions.

Ten Bells

 Located at 232 W. 7th Street, in the Bishop’s Arts District of Dallas, Ten Bells is a relaxed bar that is modeled after the pubs in jolly old England.  The bar, which takes its name from a similarly named establishment in London’s eastern quarter, is rather small in size, has an awesome selection of draught beers and British ales, and its UK-styled food menu consists of a number of English favorites, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, pickled eggs, and the oft-ordered Ten Bells Butty, a massive, diet-unfriendly plate of chips, cheddar cheese and bread.  The bar also serves up some southern style sandwiches like po’boys, racks of ribs, fiery chicken wings and one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ll ever hang a lip over.

The bartenders at Ten Bells are casually dressed and experts at what they do, serving up a full range of classic and signature cocktails to go along with the ice-cold beer.  In addition to the bar area, this popular pub boasts a fairly large outdoor patio section that looks out onto the very busy 7th street, and its small stage area occasionally hosts live musical performances spanning a number of different genres.  A great place to hang out with friends—and an amazing spot for a fully-loaded Sunday brunch—Ten Bells is a must-see bar when visiting the Dallas area.

Ill Minster Pub

The Ill Minster Pub, located in Dallas’ bustling Uptown sector, is a laid back cocktail lounge with plush, comfortable furnishings and a swanky décor.  Owned by the same collective that runs the popular Dallas bars Truth and Alibi, the pub carries a great menu of inventive cocktails and an extensive lineup of local, national and international craft beers and spirits.

Located directly next door to the great restaurant known as the Uptown Urban Market, the bar is a great place to take a date for a pre-dinner drink.  The well drinks are only $4 during the bar’s extended Monday through Friday Happy Hour, which runs from 4 PM until 6:00 PM, and then again from 9 PM until 11 PM.

Victor Tangos

Situated at 3001 N. Henderson Avenue, Victor Tangos is considered by some to be the best overall bar in Dallas.  The amiable cocktail lounge and restaurant boasts a city-chic décor, with unadorned brick walls, high-beamed ceilings, a marble-topped bar and plush leather booths and sofas.  The bartenders at Victor Tangos, which specializes in old-school cocktail creations and a seemingly unlimited selection of craft microbrews, are excellent mixologists, and the servers are friendly and very conscientious.

If you’re looking for some tasty grub to help soak up the great libations offered here, Victor Tango’s definitely has you covered.  Their appetizer menu is similar to what you might find in a Madrid tapas bar, with offerings that include tuna nachos, lobster sliders and a killer shrimp cocktail.

Victor Tango’s is a great place to go with a date or with friends when you’re craving food and drink that is way above the norm, in a place with a no-frills atmosphere and friendly, upscale vibe.

Drugstore Cowboy

Located in the busy Deep Ellum quarter of Dallas, the Drugstore Cowboy is a unique establishment that doubles as a coffee bar by day and cocktail lounge by night, making it very popular among the city’s younger crowd, particularly college students taking advantage of the locale’s free Wi-Fi.

The Drugstore Cowboy offers a full bar of well and Top Shelf liquors and liqueurs, but it’s especially famous throughout town for its awesome selection of bourbons and whiskeys, which are regularly paired with a variety of cheese plates.  Cold beer, foreign, domestic, and craft brews, is available both on tap and in the bottle, and their limited selection of house invented cocktails includes the “Corpse Reviver,” a unique twist on the classic Bloody Mary.

The Foundry

One of the most crowded bars in Dallas, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, the Foundry is a bustling, pulsating bar/nightclub that should definitely be experienced when visiting Dallas.  Located at 2303 Pittman Street, in the Oak Cliff section of the city, this fun and entertaining bar is buzzing seven nights a week, and is populated primarily by Dallas’ younger working crowd and students from the nearby university.

Known as a great place to hang out with friends, the Foundry boasts a laidback atmosphere and a simple no-nonsense décor.  The long bar has seating for over 40 guests, and the many high-backed chairs and tables are always full.  A large stage area hosts a DJ booth and dance floor at the Foundry, which also hosts live music shows and open mic sessions about once a month.

The bar area of the Foundry is made up of enormous storage containers providing sheltered seating, and the large patio area, dotted with over a dozen wooden picnic tables and benches, is a perfect oasis on a warm summer night.

As you might guess for a bar that caters to the younger crowd, the Foundry offers affordable beer (including 30 different types of craft microbrews) and cocktails, and their inventive menu of signature drinks and shots will quickly put you in a partying mood.  No food is available at the Foundry itself, but the tasty and mostly take-out restaurant known as Chicken Scratch, which is located directly next door to the bar, is happy to deliver.

A great place for a weekend date, birthday party or a quiet game of billiards with a friend, the Foundry is one of Dallas’ best bets regardless of the day or season.

Dallas skyline by tpsdave/Pixabay CC0 license

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