Beer Judging 101 - Sacramento Beer Week 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM (PST)
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 II level beer judge in the BJCP, and a prominent beer educator. Assisting with the event is Master level beer judge Brian Cooper.
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.
For those interested in taking it a step further, we will also briefly discuss the BJCP: the Beer Judge Certification Program. (This hour and a half long class is just an introduction to the skills required to judge homebrews or commercial beers in organized competitions. Passing the BJCP exam to be ranked as a beer judge takes a considerable amount of organized or independent study, should you decide to take this further. We'll tell you more about the program. Meanwhile, if you are curious, you can read more here: bjcp.org )
The Beer Judging 101 event will be offered:
Sunday 3/4/2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (Section 1)
Sunday 3/4/2012 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (Section 2)
The cost of $30 (+ eventbrite fee) per person, for either section -- this includes all beers and materials. You must be 21 or older.
Logistics: the Pyramid Alehouse is conveniently located in downtown Sacramento, and is easily accessible by various forms of transit. We strongly suggest using public transit or a designated driver.
Note: The equivalent class for SF Beer Week has consistently sold out, so we recommend that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure a spot.