Ever Wanted to be a Beer Judge? It’s Time to Get Trained.
In order to be a legit beer judge in America you must be certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). Once certified, you will be amongst an elite few that are constantly being called upon to judge beer festivals. There are several different ranks that you can attain and depending on how serious you get with it you can judge anything from a local homebrew competition to a national or international competition of professional breweries such as The World Beer Cup.
From the BJCP site:
The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills. We certify and rank beer judges through an examination and monitoring process.
The BJCP was founded in 1985 and has administered the Beer Judge Examination to 6,137 individuals worldwide. 3,648 are currently active judges in the program, with 563 holding the rank of National or higher. Since we started keeping detailed records, our members have judged over 636,321 beers and we have sanctioned over 4,512 competitions.
This is incredibly awesome! Sure, you may end up tasting some stinkers, but think of all the excellent beers that you’ll get to sample all while “working” a competition. Can I be a professional beer judge please?
But, it’s not exactly easy to become a beer judge. You need to be very educated on the BJCP style guidelines, or what characterizes each style of beer. You need to be able to taste things blindly and know what styles you are tasting. Know the types of grains and hops and even yeasts that was used to make the beers. Know the process, the positive and negative qualities of the flavor profile. You need to be able to identify off flavors. You need to be well versed in the long and storied history of beer. In summary, you need to have finely tuned senses coupled with a vast knowledge of all things beer and be able to translate what your senses perceive into an exhaustive critique.
It may sound a bit overwhelming at first, but we’re beer lovers with a thirst for knowledge. A lot of our minds probably run through most of those thoughts automatically each and every time we sip a beer. Why not put that knowledge to work?
The BJCP website offers a study guide, an overview of what to expect on an exam with sample questions, off-flavor kits, and all sorts of other information to help you prepare for the test. But if you’re at all like me and can’t seem to set aside the time to study on your own, enter Beer Judge Education Better Beer Scores class.
Beer Judge Education is a recently formed craft beer online venture created to assist fellow homebrew and craft beer enthusiasts in studying for the BJCP exam or for those who simply want to learn more about craft beer and homebrewing.
Since our programs are live sessions with a facilitator delivered online, we can offer educational opportunities to people living anywhere in the world who have an Internet connection and a phone.
Better Beer Scores is our first and flagship course consisting of twelve two-hour weekly sessions. Our introductory rate is 50% off our regular price — that’s only $125.00 if participants sign up
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Better Beer Scores features a 100% passing rate guarantee. Students can retake the course at no additional cost if they do not earn a passing score on the BJCP exam (some restrictions apply). We also offer a money back guarantee for a full refund if a participant cancels before the start of the third course session.
Two Better Beer Scores courses have been scheduled for August. Our Monday session is already full and the second session, meeting on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PST
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If you decide to join me in this class, please let Beer Judge Education know that you heard about them from us. Let’s become better drinkers together.