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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.