We are happy to announce the 2012 Beer Judge Certification Program study session and exam. This year’s educational director will again be Andy Hejl, a Master beer judge in the BJCP. The study sessions will include an off-flavor training class, a wide selection of classic style beers for future judges to experience and lectures on relevant beer topics for the exam. Students interested in taking the exam will take a weekly quiz. Each quiz will be based on a previously discussed topic or style and will be chosen from the same bank of questions the actual exam consists of.

The BJCP has allotted only 12 spots for test-takers in the current exam format. Our study session’s 12 highest quiz-scoring students will be able to take the exam.

We are anxiously waiting for the BJCP’s implementation of the much promised new exam format which will allow an unlimited number of examinees, but until it is announced we are proceeding under the assumption that our exam will be the same 3 hour essay test as in the past.

Any remaining exam slots (if fewer than 12 people from the class are interested) will be awarded first to judges at the 2012 War of the Worts, and by lottery if necessary. Because of the effort required to grade the quizzes, there will be two prices for the class: $200 for potential examinees and $150 for just the class. Classes will take place on Monday evenings starting at 7 P.M. Jan 9th, 16th, 23 and 30th, February 6th, 20th & 27th with a flavor training class on Sunday February 12th at Noon. The exam will be on Monday March 5th. Get started by downloading the class syllabus.

The classes and exam will be held at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville. Signups and questions concerning the class and exam should be sent to bjcp@keystonehomebrew.com.