What’s the status of the Vocabulary project?

The BJCP Vocabulary project is an ongoing effort to provide a clear, usable, consistent set of vocabulary terms to assist judges in describing the beers entered in competitions.

The Vocabulary project committee worked for well over two years, and made great progress. Unfortunately, there have also been some bumps along the road to completion.

There was a pilot test website at one time that offered an early version of the vocabulary database, but that site is no longer associated with the BJCP. The prototype application served its purpose, but is not going to be used for the production system.

Please note that the BJCP is not a sponsor of the former vocabulary site, although you may occasionally find it available. Any information found on the former website cannot be assumed to be correct or representing the position of the BJCP. Judges should not rely on that information for educational or training purposes.

Update: February 2017

We had a prior version, with good content, on a system that the BJCP did not control. One of the people working on the project took over that site and basically made it something the BJCP couldn’t support or endorse. We recover the BJCP-contributed content, however.

In 2016 this project was transitioned to the Education & Training Directorate. We have reviewed the existing content and have decided to reuse it in a commercial product that is supported by our current web strategy. We’re currently planning the population of the content into the tool and are targeting a launch later in 2017. 

It is possible that we may need additional help in reviewing, revising, and expanding content once we’re in operation. Once the project has been launched the ETD will have someone assigned as an ongoing lead for the product.

Bruce Buerger, ETD Director