Chicha Beer and Styles with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #245

by Brad Smith on October 27, 2021 · 0 comments

Gordon Strong joins me this week to discuss his trip to Ecuador, the Chicha beer style and the upcoming BJCP beer style guide update.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (48:45)

  • This week I welcome back Gordon Strong. Gordon Strong is President Emeritus of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), their highest rated beer judge and the author of the books Modern Homebrew Recipes and Brewing Better Beer (Amazon Affiliate Links).
  • We start with a discussion about Gordon’s recent trip to Ecuador to judge the Copa Cervecera Mitad del Mundo.
  • We have an extended talk about Chicha beer, how it was traditionally made and also how modern brewers are adapting modern methods to create their own version of it.
  • Gordon explains the key ingredients, and how the Chicha beer is made without using hops and instead employing local flowers, herbs and spices.
  • We talk about his experience judging these beers as well as how one of the Chicha beers won ‘best of show’ and Gordon unknowingly visited their brewery.
  • Gordon talks about how there is a trend in “modern takes” on many historical beer styles around the world, and gives us a few examples.
  • He shares with us his thoughts in incorporating more historical beer styles into the BJCP style guide.
  • We discuss the upcoming update to the BJCP style guide which is considered a minor update to clarify a number of styles.
  • Gordon shares his closing thoughts.


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