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Tackling the BJCP Exam - Part Two

Tackling the BJCP Exam - Part Two

In the previous post I talked about the online entrance exam portion of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).  If you pass that grueling 200 question exam in 60 minutes then you earn the title of "Apprentice" beer judge.  You are able to assist in BJCP-sanctioned brewing competitions as long as you are accompanied by another more senior judge.

In order to earn the level of "Recognized" judge, "Certified" judge, or "National" judge you must complete the second portion of the exam:  the tasting exam.  I was one of around 20 participants in Hong Kong's first BJCP Tasting Exam held at Second Draft in Tin Hau.  In this post I will tell you a little about my preparation for the exam and the exam itself.  At present I don't have the results so I can't tell you if my preparation paid off but this should at least give you an idea if you are considering taking this exam.

Tackling the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Exam - Part One

Tackling the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Exam - Part One

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) has been around since the 1990s with a purpose of defining  and distinguishing between various beer styles throughout the world and providing the common vocabulary necessary to describe the differences in the taste, smell, mouthfeel, and appearance of those styles.  Thus, it provides a standard framework upon which brewing competitions may be based when comparing the quality of various beers produced by both hobbyists and professional brewers.  In this series of two posts I will discuss my experience in preparing for the BJCP exam which enables individuals to participate as qualified judges in BJCP-sanctioned brewing competitions.  In this first part I will discuss the preparation for and completion of the online portion of the exam ("Entrance Exam") and in the second part I will discuss the tasting portion of the exam.