The seventh session of the VanBrewers BJCP Study Group is at Big Rock, upstairs in our usual club meeting space.
Our focus for this session will be Category 14 & 15 - Scottish & Irish Ale. This includes:
- 14A - Scottish Light
- 14B - Scottish Heavy
- 14C - Scottish Export
- 15A - Irish Red Ale
- 15B - Irish Stout
- 15C - Irish Extra Stout
* note that due to local availability, sampling some styles will not be possible.
Study Group Introduction
What is it?
This is a study group that aims to increase our local pool of BJCP-accredited judges, nurture skill development in ranking judges, and assist judges looking to increase their rank.
Who’s it for?
To participate, you must be a VanBrewers member in good standing, those registered for the upcoming exam in February 2018 will be given priority. Even if you're not sure if you'll register for the exam yet, attending this study group regularly throughout the year is a great way to avoid last minute cramming.
What can I expect?
Each session will focus on one Style Category from the BJCP 2015 Beer Style Guidelines, and will be conducted in a way compatible with BJCP BREWs recommendations.
You can view slides from previous sessions here:
A rough agenda for each session looks like this:
- Welcome & introduction for new participants.
- Brief presentation on the overall style category.
- For each sub-category:
- Brief presentation on the sub-category.
- Group tasting of 3-5 beers, 2oz or so double blind pours:
- 1 or 2 classic examples, may be pulled from 2008 Guidelines if not enough 2015 are locally available.
- 1 or 2 locally-produced examples.
- Optional: an out of style or flawed beer added to one of the sub-style flights to offer contrast, ie. witbier poured during the weissbier category.
- Group discussion, samples revealed at the end.
- A quick ten-question quiz that asks you to recall certain information discussed during the evening. (Not graded.)
- Finally, a last sample will be judged on a scoresheet. It may be pulled from any of the subcategories, which may be off-style or flawed, or a classic example of the style. After 10 minutes of silent judging, the group will re-convene and discuss.
What should I bring?
You may want to have your own copy of the BJCP guidelines available, though we ought to also have printed copies each session. It's also helpful to bring a notebook and a pen to take notes.
How much does it cost?
We’ll be buying multiple commercial beers for sampling. Each participant pays $10-20 per session, depending on expense of the chosen style. Due to the real costs of beer purchasing, if you pay for the session and are unable to attend a refund will not be given. But reach out to Dave to see if you can apply a credit toward a future session. Registration will be closed a few days before the event to finalize numbers for beer purchasing.
Will this be sanctioned?
Sanctioned status is being pursued, which would allow points to be awarded to organizers, presenters, and participants according to the point outline. This is not guaranteed, but is a desired outcome. There is no timeline on sanctioning, and points cannot be awarded retroactively.
Who’s running these?
Dave Shea (BJCP Certified Beer Judge, Certified Cicerone®) got tired of waiting for this to happen so he's making it happen. Collaborators, presenters, and co-conspirators welcomed.