Beer Judging Study Sessions

Starting January 17 we will be hosting 2017 Beer Judge Certification Program study sessions at our Montgomeryville store, followed by an exam on March 21, 2017. The course prepares participants for the online “entrance” and “beer judging” portions of the exam, and will be led by veteran instructor Andy Hejl, a Grand Master Beer Judge in the BJCP. The study sessions will include lectures on beer topics relevant to the exam, samples of beers from a wide range of classic styles, and an off-flavor training class. The class will cover the expansive 2014 revision to the style guidelines. Students interested in taking the exam will take a weekly quiz. Each quiz will be based on filling out a scoring sheet by tasting and judging a sample beer selected from a previously discussed beer style. The BJCP has allotted only 20 spots for the March 21 tasting exam. Our study session’s 20 highest quiz-scoring students will be able to take the exam. Note: Any remaining exam slots (if fewer than 20 people from the class are interested) will be awarded first to apprentice and provisional judges at the 2016 War of the Worts, and by lottery if necessary.

The course costs $200 per person (not including the exam fee charged by the BJCP), which is payable online or in person at the Montgomeryville store. The class fee is non-refundable. Class is limited to the first 30 people to sign-up. Most classes will take place on Tuesdays at our Montgomeryville store starting at 7 P.M .: January 17, 24, 30, February 7, 13, 21, 28, and March 7, with an opportunity to judge at the War of the Worts on Saturday, February 18. Please note there will be one Monday class, on February 13, so everyone can spend Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.  The exam will be administered at 7 P.M. on Tuesday, March 21. Get started by downloading the Class Syllabus.

Here are two important resources to help you prepare for the exam:
BJCP Study Guide
BJCP Style Guidelines

Sign up for class in person at our Montgomeryville store, or through our supercool online webstore thingy.

Get started by downloading the Class Syllabus and the class quiz overview for qualifying for a exam slot.

Questions concerning the class and exam should be sent to