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Toby Guidry
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Homebrewer, Beer Judge, a guy.
Homebrewer, Beer Judge, a guy.

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Tasting Exam Advice
The following is a write-up of the advice I give people who ask me about taking the BJCP Tasting Exam. An important thing to realize is that the majority of your score is completely in your hands. - Judge the beer in front of you!  For the first 4 sections,...

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Speed Blogging
Unfortunately the wireless at JJ Taylor's was overloaded, so I couldn't post these live, but these are literally the notes I took last night for the speed blogging tasting.  We were brought 10 beers in less than an hour, so here are my rapid fire takes: Ter...

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Drink Like A Beer Judge
When people find out I’m a beer judge, they usually have a wide array of responses.  Anything ranging from “Lucky you! Free beer!” to “Aren’t all beers the same?” to “What’s that supposed to mean?”  Sometimes there are even people who are aware of beer judg...

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Does glassware really make a difference?
So often when we go out to enjoy a few adult beverages, many bars and restaurants just pour them into the same thing: a shaker pint.  Named after its purpose, a shaker pint is what bartenders cap the shaker with to mix up a cocktail.  Most bars also use the...

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Beer Bloggers Conference 2015 Preview
This July, a group of both citizen and professional bloggers in the beer world will be converging on Asheville, NC, to discuss all things blogging and beer.  My wife and I attended last years conference in San Diego, and it was a great time.  This year's ag...

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Drink Like A Beer Judge
When people find out I’m a beer judge, they usually have a
wide array of responses.   Anything
ranging from “Lucky you! Free beer!” to “Aren’t all beers the same?” to “What’s
that supposed to mean?”   Sometimes there
are even people who are aware of beer ju...

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Does Glassware Really Make A Difference?
So often when we go out to enjoy a few adult beverages, many
bars and restaurants just pour them into the same thing: a shaker pint.   Named after its purpose, a shaker pint is
what bartenders cap the shaker with to mix up a cocktail.   Most bars also use t...

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Mouthfeel... Let's Get Physical
Mouthfeel on a BJCP Scoresheet is only about 10% of the score you assign to a beer (5 points out of 50), but there are things you can sometimes feel with your mouth that might not be as obvious to your other senses.  There are several things that a judge sh...

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Flavor Isn't Everything Either, But It's 40 Percent
Two fifths of the score of a beer on a BJCP Scoresheet is Flavor.  If you consider that Aroma is a large component of Flavor, it's really 64 percent.  However for Scoresheet purposes, it's 20 points out of the total 50.  The hints on the scoresheet remind y...

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Appearance Isn't Everything, But It Can't Be Ignored.
Appearance is a relatively small part of a beer's score on a BJCP score sheet, but it is very important.  There are generally 3 things to look for: color, clarity, and head (retention, color, and texture).  While only 3 points are available, presentation is...
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