It’s true, there really are certified beer judges—more than 4,500 active judges worldwide. These dedicated beer lovers work hard to evaluate, compare, rank and provide entry feedback to both homebrewers and professional brewers.
There are certainly many paths to learning how to evaluate craft beer, and each judge’s journey is a compilation of experience, beer evaluation practice, brewing, book study and more. Being a beer judge is a position of responsibility—to the entries themselves and to the breweries who work tirelessly to create them. I kid you not, it takes work and commitment to become a judge.
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