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From: att!drutx!homer@hplabs.HP.COM
Subject: Beer judge exam, Connecticut
Date: 1989-08-15 16:48:06 GMT

Beer Judge Certification Program Exam

Weston, Connecticut
August 27, 1989 (Sunday)
2:00 PM

Pat Baker
(203) 356-2779
(203) 227-8028

As this is the first exam I have posted to the net, some introduction
is in order.

The purpose of the judge program is to recognize homebrewers and beer
connoisseurs who have a thorough understanding of the brewing process,
the flavor components in beer, and the characteristics and historical
development of the different world beer styles. The program is sponsored
by the AHA and the Home Wine and Beer Trade Association.

There are five levels of certification Recognized, Certified, National,
Master and Honorary Master Judge. Placement in the levels is determined
by exam performance and experience points. Experience points are earned
through efforts at a competition sanctioned by either the AHA or the HWBTA.

The three hour written exam is given in two distinct parts: the essay and
the taste section. The essay portion, worth 70 percent of the final score,
is designed to determine an individual's overall knowledge of beer. The
taste portion will be given concurrently with the written part of the exam.
Each candidate will judge up to four beers as if they were entered in a

Upon certification, judges will receive a handsome certificate, and a
wallet-sized card. Recognized and Certified Judges may also purchase a
cloisonne pin denoting there status. In 1988 and 1989 Edme Malt Company
sponsored silver pins for our National Judges and gold pins for Master

Names and addresses of judges in the program are made available to
organizers of sanctioned competitions. Organizers then invite these judges
to judge in the sanctioned competition.

Full details on the program are contained in a booklet that can be requested
by sending a postal address to: att!drutx!homer, or AHA, PO Box 287, Boulder,
CO 80306. Attn: BJCP Administrator

Jim Homer
Co-director BJCP

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