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What’s the difference between a Category, Subcategory, Style, and Sub-style?
The BJCP Style Guidelines use some specific terms with specialized meaning: “Category”, “Subcategory” and “Style.” When thinking of beer, mead and cider styles, the subcategory is the most important label—“subcategory” […]More
What if I want to reformat the guidelines or use them a different way?
Sure, go ahead. Members have in the past translated our Guidelines into several other file formats (and even other languages). Just let us know if you come up with something […]More
I think I found an error. How do I report it?
We appreciate the help. There are many ways to report errors. You can send email to the Style Committee chairman, the Competition Director, the IT Director, the Communication Director, or […]More
Why are the styles grouped the way there are?
Excerpt from the Introduction to the BJCP Beer Style Guidelines: Styles and Categories The BJCP Style Guidelines use some specific terms with specialized meaning: Category, Subcategory, and Style. When thinking of […]More
How did you determine the vital statistics of styles listed in the guidelines?
By numbers, we mean the style parameters (OG, FG, ABV, IBUs, Color) listed in the Guidelines. The numbers come from many sources, but all are validated by the Style Committee. […]More
How did you choose the commercial examples?
We drink a lot of beer. Seriously. Many of the officers and staff in the BJCP are truly committed beer geeks. We travel all around the world drinking beer. When […]More
Why do you create style guidelines?
Styles are a convenient shorthand for discussing beer. They allow all those who are tasting and describing a beer to use a common framework and language. Style Guidelines are designed […]More
What gives the BJCP the authority to define beer styles?
It’s part of the BJCP’s Mission Statement. One of the purposes of the BJCP is to promote beer literacy, which includes understanding more about the world’s great beer styles. The […]More
How do I join the BJCP?
Refer to the info in Exam Program Overview to learn how to become a judge. Cheers!More