Beer Judging 101:
Beer Tasting and Judging class, with Grand Master Beer Judge David Teckam.
Prerequisites: None. This class is intended mainly for non-judges who have some amount of casual tasting experience, and an interest in craft beer and world beer styles.
Date and Time: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Instructor: David Teckam, BJCP Grand Master V ranked Beer Judge and beer educator, assisted by Master level BCJP judge and homebrew competition organizer, Brian Cooper.
What separates a truly world class brew from a run of the mill beer?
Beer Judging 101 is an introduction to the critical tasting and describing of beer. Expand your evaluative, perceptive, and descriptive ability, while sampling some unique and world class beers. We'll compare and contrast different beers, talking about the ingredients and processes that go into them, and discuss the resulting flavors, body and aromas in the beer. You will be shown how to approach a beer from a judge's perspective, learning some practical tasting skills, as well as terms for discussing the various flavors, aromas and other attributes of the beer.
In addition to learning about judging, we will also discuss world beer styles and their evolution, and how they fit into recognized historic styles. You will learn a bit about what constitutes an award-winning example of a style, and gain some experience detecting and identifying defects or style deficiencies. We will also touch upon the effects of aging on beer. For those interested in taking it a step further, we will share some information about joining the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program).
Price: The cost is $30, including all beers and materials. Purchase your tickets early to ensure a spot.
Venue: This class will be held in the Banquet room at the HopYard Alehouse and Grill in Pleasanton, CA. For more info about our host, visit: http://www.hopyard.com/#alehousegrill. Use of public transit, cab, and/or designated drivers is highly recommended. The venue is reasonably close to the Dublin / Pleasanton BART Station (easy cab / Uber ride, or ~15 minutes by bike).