Ray Daniels is the founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program—the standard for beer sommeliers—and a member of the Senior Faculty of the Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school.
Ray is the author, editor or publisher of more than two dozen books on beer and brewing. Examples include his own Designing Great Beers (Brewers Publications, 1998), a classic of U.S. brewing literature; and the deliciously presented Best of American Beer and Food (Brewers Publications, 1997), which he published while serving as director of Brewers Publications.
In 1998, Ray was named Beer Writer of the Year by the North American Guild of Beer Writers. Ray became certified as a beer judge in 1992 and has since accumulated thousands of beers worth of judging experience. In addition to judging and organizing competitions, he has trained consumers, servers, and brewers in beer appreciation.