Beer Judging 101: Tasting and Describing Beer
What is it that separates a truly world class brew from a mediocre one? Do you
ever wish you could better describe the flavors and aromas of beer?
Instructor David Teckam is a Grand Master V level beer judge in the BJCP, and a prominent beer educator. Additional BJCP ranked judges will be assisting with the event.
Beer Judging 101 is a class for beer appreciators who want to expand their experience and descriptive ability. The only pre-requisite is an interest in craft beer and world beer styles, paired with your innate curiosity and a bit of casual tasting experience. This class will help you hone your natural ability to recognize and intelligently discuss various components in beer. In the process, you’ll learn some of the terms that judges use to describe beer’s many attributes.
This class will help you expand your understanding of beer flavors and aromas, and we’ll even help take the mystery out of the concept of “mouthfeel.” Naturally, the best way to learn is by doing. We'll sample and compare a number of world class examples, discussing ingredients and learning a bit about the brewing process. We will touch upon some of the major world beer styles, how they developed, and why certain beers fit into style profiles better than others. We will also examine the effects of aging on beer.
We will briefly go over what it takes to join the ranks of the BJCP: the Beer Judge Certification Program. Note that this 2-hour class serves only as a basic introduction to the skills required to judge homebrewed or commercial beers in organized competitions, however we've seen many past participants take it further. Passing the BJCP exam to be ranked as a beer judge takes a considerable amount of organized or independent study. But we can gladly share additional resources outside of the class, for those who decide to take the path toward certification. In the meantime, check out: bjcp.org.
The Beer Judging 101 event will be offered:
Saturday 3/12/2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The cost is $29.50 (including eventbrite fees) per person -- this includes all beers and materials. You must be 21 or older.
Logistics: the American River Brewing Co. is conveniently located in Rancho Cordova, easily accessible by public transit near the SACRT Sunrise station (Gold line). We strongly suggest using public transit, a cab, or designated driver.
Note: Previous years of this class for Sac Beer Week and SF Beer Week have been very popular, and advance ticket purchase is requested. We may allow a limited number of participants to join in the day of the event (if they can be accommodated), but it is best to purchase tickets to ensure your spot.