Essentially, a panel of certified beer judges (yes, it’s a thing) will deliberate over beers registered in 30 different categories, awarding gold, silver and bronze certifications to the best beers in their respective categories, to the best of their ability.
No, only breweries and agencies participating in the festival may register a beer to be judged. There are strict rules and regulations governing the number of beers they may register, as well as the availability of those beers for judging, which have been posted for those who are eligible to register.
If you represent a brewery or agency wishing to register for the beer judging competition, please contact Bill Robinson with any questions you may have.
Yes! the Calgary International Beer Festival’s beer judging competition has a fan favourite component. Look for voting cards throughout the BMO Centre during the first weekend of May!
There are 30 categories in the beer judging competition. They are:
Each judge has been selected through the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), a rigorous course designed to promote beer literacy and appreciation. for more information on the BJCP, visit www.bjcp.org
Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world – after water, of course. Its consumers can range from those who just want a cold brewsky after a long day at work, to those who sip each beer with the same appreciation as a wine connoisseur. No matter where you fit in, your beer won’t judge you. But if you want to learn how to judge a beer, look no further. Calgary International Beer Festival is the perfect event to try out some of those beers that you’ve seen on the shelves of a store but haven’t tried yet. Who knows – that new beer could be to you like scotch was to Robbie Burns.
There are two general classifications to break beer into – Ales and Lagers. The difference in a nutshell? Ales are fermented at warm temperatures and turn out more robust than their lager brothers. Lagers, fermented at cold temperatures, are more mellow.
From here it gets more complex. There are large varieties within the ale and lager families, and even some beers that don’t really fit in either.
How do you pick which classification is right for you, and then which beer within that classification will suit your mood or go along with your meal?
There are five main criteria to look for when judging beer: