The 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #104

by Brad Smith on May 29, 2015 · 0 comments

PodNew200BJCP President Gordon Strong joins me to discuss the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guide update that was just released by the Beer Judge Certification Program. The new, expanded style guide is used worldwide by home and professional brewers for competition and brewing great beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:54)

  • Gordon Strong is President of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and their only Grandmaster Level VII judge.  Gordon is also a three-time Ninkasi award winner for “most wins” in US competition.  He is the author of Brewing Better Beer, and has a new book arriving next month called Modern Homebrew Recipes (both Amazon affiliate links).  Gordon joins me to discuss the new BJCP beer style guide just released by the BJCP.
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  • Gordon starts with a discussion of his new projects including his new book and the style guide
  • He explains what the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) is and what the main mission is.
  • Gordon tells us how one becomes a certified beer judge, as well as a little bit about BJCP sanctioned beer competitions
  • We discuss the levels of beer judging and how one advances to higher levels via testing and experience
  • Gordon tells us a bit about the new BJCP style guide for 2015 and what it is used for
  • We talk about some of the things that have changed from the 2008 style guide to the new 2015 guide which is much more extensive
  • Gordon explains why the beer style guide is now separate from the mead and cider style guidelines
  • He tells us about many of the new styles and categories in the 2015 style guide – about 30 were added
  • We discuss how the style guideline is now used for many things in addition to competition
  • Gordon tells us when the new guidelines will be in use both for testing judges and for beer competition
  • We talk a bit about Gordon’s new book “Modern Homebrew Recipes” which is a collection of recipes organized around the new style guidelines
  • Gordon shares his closing thoughts

Thanks to Gordon Strong for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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