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Ask the Beer Fox - Becoming a Certified Beer Judge

Beer Fox Question: How do I become a certified beer judge? Is there anything out west in the USA or Canada? Do you need a prolific beernoid to help you with your beer resourcefulness? P.B., On the Web

Beer Fox Answer: To become a certified beer judge, I would recommend that you read the information posted by the Beer Judge Certification Program at:
http://www.bjcp.org
In particular, see the details in the area marked "BJCP Exam Center. If you look under "Member Resources," the section marked "Our Officers" breaks down each region of the US and Canada into regions. You will be able to determine who serves the area in which you live, making it easier to key into a regional network.

I would recommend enrollment in a BJCP course of study - classes that teach the material - if they are available in your region. Sometimes, a brewing supply store, craft brewery, or brewpub will offer these courses (usually once a year in a program that lasts several weeks).

See my articles about becoming a beer judge, continuing education, and what it is like to judge at the Great American Beer Festival:

Becoming a Beer Judge - A Woman's Personal Journal
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art39086.asp

Becoming a Beer Judge - A Woman's Personal Journal - Phase 2
hyyp://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art39722.asp

Becoming a Beer Judge - A Woman's Personal Journal - Phase 3
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art40789.asp

Becoming a Beer Judge - A Woman's Personal Journal - The Grande Finale
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art40797.asp

Beer Judge Basics & Continuing Education
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art35314.asp

Behind Closed Doors - The Granddaddy of Beer Competitions
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46958.asp

Becoming a beer judge requires a significant commitment, but it is well worth the effort. Good luck in your new endeavor.

Cheers!

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