BJCP Styles and Judging Beer with Gordon Strong – BeerSmith Podcast #266

by Brad Smith on September 27, 2022 · 0 comments

Gordon Strong joins me this week to discuss the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guide as well as judging beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:33)

  • This week I welcome back Gordon Strong. Gordon Strong is the President Emeritus of the Beer Judge Certification Program, its highest rated beer judge, and author of the books Modern Homebrew Recipes and Brewing Better Beer (Amazon affiliate links).
  • We discuss Gordon’s recent travels and some of his live events.
  • Gordon discusses the origins of the 2021 BJCP Beer Style Guideline which was published at the very end of 2021.
  • We talk about the process the BJCP goes through to introduce a new style and update the style guidelines.
  • Gordon explains how they decide which new beer styles are candidates to be included in the guidelines.
  • We talk about also merging and removing styles that no longer appear to stand on their own.
  • We switch over to judging beer, and Gordon explains how you can use the style guideline when evaluating a particular beer.
  • We talk about how a brewer can become better at evaluating beers so they can improve their own beers.
  • Gordon talks about the mechanics of judging a beer and provides a few tips.
  • We discuss how some people are much better at picking out individual flaws in a beer.
  • Gordon talks a bit about making beers better, and we discuss process problems vs recipe formulation flaws in beer.
  • Gordon gives us his closing thoughts.


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