BJCP Style Guidelines Get An Update

BJCP Style Guidelines Get An Update

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Written by Mike Ungerbuhler

Being a beer judge involves plenty of imbibing but it is also inclusive of a lot of light reading; case in point, the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines.  It is imperative that a judge is familiar with beer styles and these guidelines aid in just that.  Being a subjective judge would be impossible without the guidelines as a reference.  The guidelines categorize beer by style and into sub-categories.  They give the appropriate aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel of a given sub-category.  They also contain tons of information on beer in general and are very helpful to anyone interested in brewing beer.    

Beer styles change over time, therefore the guidelines must change as well.  The last update of the guidelines was in 2008.  Each update brings more accuracy and expands styles where needed.  The 2015 update has separated Mead and Cider from the guidelines and completely overhauled the 2008 edition.  New styles, like British Golden Ale, were added and some styles, like IPA, were expanded into more sub-categories.  The intention of the new edition is to be a better representation of modern and historical beer styles and to support competition managers in the management of their events by grouping styles together by characterization instead of by common heritage.

The 2015 edition will certainly be cause of much conversation among beer judges and some may not like the changes while others will appreciate them.  BJCP exams will begin to use the 2015 edition in November and BJCP sanctioned competitions can use either the 2008 or the 2015 edition.  It is likely that by the end of the year, competition organizers will transition to the 2015 Style Guidelines. This will give judges the opportunity to catch up on their light reading. 

Sudwerk-BSG Collaboration Featured at Craft Brewers Conference

Sudwerk-BSG Collaboration Featured at Craft Brewers Conference

  Peter Hoey of BSG CraftBrewing pitches the Saison yeast for the Fünke Canadien into an open-fermentation tank at Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, Calif., in February.

Peter Hoey of BSG CraftBrewing pitches the Saison yeast for the Fünke Canadien into an open-fermentation tank at Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, Calif., in February.

April 13, 2015

DAVIS, Calif. — Fünke Canadien, a collaboration brew from Sudwerk Brewing Co. and BSG CraftBrewing, is a featured beer at the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference, April 14-17 in Portland, Ore.

The beer, a Session Brett, is the joint effort of Mike Hutson, lead brewer for Sudwerk, and Peter Hoey, West Coast sales manager for BSG CraftBrewing, an industry supplier. The yearly gathering of brewing professionals is a great place to shine light on the companies’ brands and partnership, Hutson said.

Hoey is excited about pouring the beer at the Craft Brewers Conference. “The CBC is a wide audience of professional brewers that is the perfect place to showcase our ingredients, and what better way to do that than brewing a beer to serve at our trade show booth?”

To brew the Fünke Canadien, Hutson and Hoey used 2-row barley malt, malted and unmalted wheat, and oats. It was initially fermented with two strains of Saison yeast (Belgian and French) and finished with Brettanomyces. The Brett fermentation was allowed to progress for nearly two months in the “Funk Tank” Sudwerk uses for sour beers, Hutson said. The results are a delicious beer that has a 5.4% ABV and 30 IBU. 

Fünke Canadien features Canadian malts, but it’s not the first Sudwerk beer with a funky name. The brewery also has Fünke Hop Farm wild ale, which is a dry-hopped, barrel-aged Saison. 

During the Portland conference, the Fünke Canadien can be found at beer station 1952 of BrewExpo America, in the Oregon Convention Center. Presented by the Brewers Association, the annual conference unites craft brewers and brewpub professionals with industry suppliers. It’s at different locations each year.

Hoey said Fünke Canadien fits right into brewery’s critically acclaimed sour and barrel-aged program. “Sudwerk is one of the few local breweries that use open fermentation as part of their program, which are great for Belgian style ales as well as the traditional German beers they brew, so I was excited to use those in the production of this beer.”

Hutson likes the opportunity to spread the word about Sudwerk, a 25-year-old brand that gained new energy in 2012 when Trent Yackzan, grandson of one of the founders, and co-owner Ryan Fry, organized investors to purchase it. “We are in the process of rebuilding our brand, and love opportunities to show people that in addition to brewing West Coast lagers, we are also capable of making more avant-garde styles.”

Building on 25 years of family legacy and brewing tradition, Sudwerk Brewing Co. specializes in artisanal craft brews, specifically West Coast craft lagers. Its taproom, The Dock Store, at 2001 Second St., Davis, Calif., is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and Sundays during the warm season. It offers a rotating menu of experimental and innovative beers, “honest pints” and growler fills, fresh White Labs brewers’ yeast, and good conversation. Learn more at http://sudwerkbrew.com.

River City Brewing Relocating to the Suburbs

River City Brewing Relocating to the Suburbs

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River City Brewing, located downtown since 1993, will be closing its Downtown Plaza location and relocating to the Milagro Centre on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael. Because of the construction of the new arena, they have to leave downtown at the end of June and will be opening the new location on Labor Day weekend of this year. The new space will be a bit smaller, but the Brewery will offer the same experience as the downtown spot with an emphasis on farm-to-fork fare, in addition to canning their beers.

Thanks to BeersInSac's contributing writer Matt Braun for the write-up. Follow him on Twitter @sac_snark.

Saint Archer Release's Mosaic Double IPA

Saint Archer Release's Mosaic Double IPA

If you're looking to get a taste of Saint Archer's Mosaic Double IPA then tomorrow (March 28th) is your chance. Head out to Old Town Pizza and Tap House in Elk Grove. They will also feature their Pale, IPA, Blonde, Black Lager, White and Nitro Stout. 

The beers will be tapped at 4pm!

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Jackrabbit Set to Open

Jackrabbit Set to Open

The Jackrabbit Brewing Company will host a grand opening of their new 10-tap tasting room coming up on April 3rd and 4th. The Culinerdy Cruzer food truck will be cooking up eats to help kick the weekend's festivities off at West Sac's third taproom. The kid and dog-friendly taproom will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Look for Jackrabbit to expand to Thursdays and Sundays in the near future.

Thanks to BeersInSac's contributing writer Matt Braun for the write-up. Follow him on Twitter @sac_snark.

 

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