Terms & Lingo

BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program)

BJCP is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to certify and rank beer judges through an examination and monitoring process, sanction competitions, and provide educational resources for current and future judges.


  • Encourages knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world’s diverse beer, mead, and cider styles;
  • Promotes, recognizes, and advances beer, mead, and cider tasting, evaluation, and communication skills; and
  • Develops standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer, mead, and cider.


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