Upcoming events

    • April 11, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Big Rock
    • 6

    This special session of the VanBrewers BJCP Study Group is at Big Rock, upstairs in our usual club meeting space.

    This session will be a deep dive into what you need to pass the upcoming Mead Exam. Priority will be given to those already registered for it, and people who have taken the BJCP Mead entrance exam. You do not have to be an existing beer judge to qualify, but it will help a lot. With a good amount of judging experience under your belt, this single session will likely get you what you need to pass.

    Study Group Details

    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?

    Priority will be given to those already registered for the upcoming Mead Exam and/or people who have taken the BJCP Mead entrance exam.

    What can I expect?

    It's $20 to attend (simply to cover mead costs). We'll cover tasting mead, mead styles, the basic exam format, and what you need to pass. We'll taste one mead with varying acid/tannin/sweetness additions, and 4-6 others depending on how many attend, with at least two score sheets.

    What should I bring?

    You'll want to have your own copy of the BJCP mead guidelines available. It's also helpful to bring a notebook and a pen to take notes.

    How much does it cost?

    $20 per person

    Who’s running it?

    Dave Shea (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.

    • May 07, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Big Rock Urban
    • 4
    VanBrewers is happy to announce we have booked a mead exam for May of 2017! The exam will be held on May 7th at 11 am and is open to anyone who wishes to attempt it. To ensure we all at least know something about mead, good friend to our club and ranked mead judge Kathy Yan Li will be hosting a crash course on May 6th to cover some of the basics as a lot of people don't have much experience with mead.

    Please note payment for the exam must be received in full before you will be added to the list of registrants. This fee is not refundable so be sure this is something you want to do. First com, first served for members and if it doesn't fill up I'll open it up to the public.

    Considering we have mead entries at the VanBrewer Awards (which is the following weekend) the timing couldn't really bee any better. Head over to the BJCP Mead Area to find some useful tools and links for studying.

    I'll post more info as it becomes available. Cheers!

    Scott Butchart


Past events

January 10, 2017 BJCP Study Group - Category 10 (German Wheat)
November 09, 2016 BJCP Study Group - Category 24
October 27, 2016 Vanbrewer October Meetup
June 30, 2016 Vanbrewer June Meetup
May 26, 2016 Vanbrewer May Meetup
May 10, 2016 2016 VanBrewer Awards Gala
April 28, 2016 Vanbrewer April Meetup
May 12, 2015 VanBrewer Awards Night
March 26, 2015 March Meet-up
June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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