Beer expert Mirella Amato drinking beer


“Mirella is smart, informed and excited about beer and brings that passion to every speaking engagement and tasting that I’ve attended.”

– Alexa Clark, Editor & Publisher- CheapEats Restaurant Guides

 “Mirella knows what she’s talkin’ about.”

– John Graham, Church-Key Brewing

“Mirella makes it fun and easy for anyone to learn more about beer, beer culture and the history of brewing.”

– Alexa Clark, Editor & Publisher CheapEats Restaurant Guides

“Mirella is full of energy, organized and knows what she is talking about.  With those ingredients, she’s a recipe for success.”

– Michael Hancock, Brewer & Owner Denison's Brewing Company

“A staunch defender of craft beer and those who produce it, Mirella Amato is unique as a journalist and columnist.” 

– Ian Starke, McAuslan Brewing

“Mirella is an impassioned writer and beer activist who benefits us all in the brewing industry with her profound knowledge and appreciation of beer and beer culture.”

– Ian Starke, McAuslan Brewing

“Mirella is so engaging and she shares an unsurpassed passion for the Craft Brewing industry here in Ontario and beyond!”

– Lisa Dunbar, Ontario Craft Brewers

“Mirella is a valuable ally in spreading the word on quality craft beer.” 

– John Graham, Church-Key Brewing

“During her guided beer tastings and food pairings, you are mesmerized with Mirella’s knowledge and skill and cannot wait to experience all that craft beer can offer.”

– Val Stimpson, President & CEO Neustadt Springs Brewery

“Mirella is an engaging speaker with a superlative palate.  I enjoy that a woman takes such a prestigious role as an expert within an industry dominated by men.” 

– Arelene Stein, Program Director Evergreens Brick Works

“Mirella is a tireless advocate and promoter of local breweries. Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious and she is driven to make a difference.” 

– Brian Morin, Chef & Partner, Beer Bistro

“Mirella Amato’s passion and commitment to the craft beer industry is unparalleled.  She is extremely knowledgeable about the craft beer product.”  

– Arelene Stein, Program Director Evergreens Brick Works

About Mirella

Master Cicerone

Master Cicerone


Master CiceroneTM

  Cicerone Certification Program

National Level BJCP Judge


Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing:

  UC Davis Extension

Doemens Beer Sommelier

  Siebel Institute of Technology

Advanced Brewing Certificate

  Maska Laboratories

Advanced Draft Training Course:

  Micro Matic Dispense Institute

Level 2 Award in Beer and Cellar Quality


Serve Better Beer Certified:

Smart Serve Certified


2012 - Ontario Craft Brewers Centre of Excellence Industry Choice Award in Food & Beer Matching Development


2014 - Gourmand Drinks Awards Winner: Best Beer Book - Canada, English for Beerology: Everything you Need to Know to Enjoy Beer...Even More


2014 - Toronto Beer Week Drinker's Choice Award: Best Event for Hopera

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Beer specialist, Mirella Amato, has dedicated herself to helping people discover and explore beer since 2007.

Through BeerologyTM, Mirella regularly conducts fun and informative guided beer tasting sessions as well as beer dinners, food pairing workshops and seminars. She can also be seen hosting public beer tastings at various festivals. Here are some of the festivals that have featured BeerologyTM beer tastings:

Halifax: Seaport BeerFest

London: Forest City Beer Fest

             London Beer & BBQ Show

Moncton: Atlantic Beer Festival

Montréal: Le Mondial de la bière

Niagara Falls: Niagara Craft Beer Festival

                        Real Canadian Craft Beer Festival

Ottawa: National Capital Craft Beer Week

Stratford: Savour Stratford

Sudbury: Northern Ontario Microbrew Festival

Toronto: Hart House Craft Beer Festifal & Summer BBQ

              Queer Beer

              Session 99

              The Toronto Festival of Beer

Vankleek Hill: Oktoberfest

Windsor: Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Mirella can occasionally be heard on CBC radio and has been featured on Breakfast Television, CP24 and Radio Canada television. Her work has been published in many beer magazines and brewspapers and she is a regular contributor to TAPS Magazine. Mirella contributed a number of entries to the Oxford Companion to Beer and she is the author of Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More.

In 2009, Mirella added staff training and consulting to her repertoire. Her BeerologyTM 101 workshops and courses are designed to give bartenders, chefs and brewery staff all of the necessary tools to confidently navigate a beer selection, describe beer flavours & aromas and to pair beer with food. As a consultant, Mirella utilizes her specialization in sensory evaluation, beer service and food pairing to assist breweries with product descriptions and development and to assist bars in devising beer lists.

Mirella is always striving to further her beer knowledge and sensory evaluation repertoire. She was the first woman in Canada to become a Certified CiceroneTM (beer sommelier) and the first Canadian to earn the title of Master CiceroneTM. She has completed an advanced brewing certificate on the critical control points in brewing at Maska Laboratories in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec and passed the WSET Intermediate Certificate in Wine & Spirits with honours. More recently, Mirella completed an Advanced Draft Training Course at the Micro Matic Dispense Institute. She is one of only ten National Level BJCP judges in the country and has sat on the jury for homebrew competitions internationally, as well as for the following noted commercial competitions:

Belgium:  Brussels Beer Challenge

Canada:  Canadian Brewing Awards

              Concours MBière

              Ontario Brewing Awards

France:  Concours MBière

Germany:  European Beer Star

U.S.  Great American Beer Festival

        World Beer Cup

Mirella is very active within the Beer Judge Certification Program and has organized and run study groups for prospective judges in Toronto, with the support of the Canadian Amateur Brewers’ Association. Mirella also contributed to shaping the curriculum for the sensory evaluation courses at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Brewmaster Program, where she taught for their inaugural year.

Mirella is involved in many projects that focus on promoting local beer, and the art of beer appreciation. She was a board member for the Canadian Amateur Brewers’ Association from 2007 to 2010. Mirella is a founding member of Cask! and a proud member of the Pink Boots Society. She also founded the Toronto Chapter of Barley’s Angels.

As of June 2015, Mirella is also working for ZX Ventures, an Anheuser-Busch InBev Affiliate as Global Director – Beer Knowledge and Appreciation.

On a personal note…

My background is French-Canadian and Italian. I am fluent in French, and visit Québec many times a year to keep up with the local brewing scene. I have made many trips to Italy where the craft beer industry is really blooming and regularly attend conferences and festivals in the U.S. In Toronto, I help organize events with Treehouse Group, promoting “multi-disciplinary collaboration… to encourage diverse thinking”. Whether at home or abroad, I am always immersing myself in new cultures, exploring different cuisines and, of course, discovering new beers.