The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is to:
- Encourage knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world’s diverse beer, mead, and cider styles;
- Promote, recognize, and advance beer, mead, and cider tasting, evaluation, and communication skills; and
- Develop standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer, mead, and cider.
Judges are certified and ranked through an examination and monitoring process, sanction competitions, and provide educational resources for current and future judges.
The BJCP was founded in 1985 and has administered the Beer Judge Examination to 8,320 individuals worldwide. 4,797 are currently active judges in the program, with 744 holding the rank of National or higher. Since we started keeping detailed records, our members have judged over 1,000,915 beers and we have sanctioned over 6,245 competitions.