This series of classes is led by several club Grand Master and National ranked BJCP judges with exam administration, grading, and senior BJCP management experience.  They provide the homebrewer with the essentials to self critique aspects of their own brew as well as provide the knowledge needed to become a skilled BJCP beer judge. The classes consist of both technical education as well as development of analyzing skills. The series prepares you to pass the entrance exam as well as developing the judging skills needed for the tasting exam and judging in competitions. Students are given priority seating in the exams scheduled for Milwaukee.

The classes are open to anyone and not limited to people intending to become judges as the material is valuable for any homebrewer interested in taking their homebrewing to a higher level.

Learn the basic analysis process through discussion and sampling of example beers and ingredients to begin developing your palate. This class teaches the basic fundamentals needed for analysis of beer. It is recommended to take this class if you plan on taking any other courses.

  • Date: December 3rd, 2016
  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
  • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

An overview of grains and the malting process, flavors associate with various malts, beer styles and impact malt choice plays on finished product – Characteristics of base malts and specialty malt such as the impact of the boil on Pilsner malt, Caramel vs. Crystal malts, and when to choose a de-bittered malt.

  • Date: January 7th, 2016
  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
  • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

A review of everything water: different mashing techniques, sparging (the importance of temperature and pH), water quality and modifications (assessing, adjusting and additives). We will cover water profiles of famous beer regions.

  • Date: January 21st, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
  • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

We’ll discuss hop varieties, characteristics, and brewing techniques that have an impact on the beer in your glass. 

We will also cover the impact of the Boil on beer as well as the addition of adjuncts and effects that they can have on finished product.

  • Date: Feb 11th 2017
  • Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm CST
  • Location: Northern Brewer Milwaukee - 1306 S. 108th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

Various strains, dry vs. liquid, pitching rates, alcohol and temperature tolerance. Importance of choosing the yeast for the desired flavor profile and acceptable by-products.

Fermentation techniques, Importance of temperature control, Lagers vs. Ales. Common technical flaws and its side effects.

Proper handling post fermentation. Bottle or kegging - advantages and disadvantage of each. Proper storage techniques. Off flavors associated with conditioning/packaging.

  • Date: March 18th, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
  • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI  53214

Learn how to detect various flaws and their causes as well as ways to ways to control the flaws. This session consists of sampling and discussing flawed or doctored beers.

• Recommend taking both part 1 and 2

  • Date: April 1st, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
  • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI  53214

Part 2 continues with our sampling of doctored beers to develop our skills in detecting various flaws and their causes as well as ways to ways to control the flaws.

• Recommend taking both part 1 and 2

  • Date: April 29th, 2017
  • Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm central
  • Location: Northern Brewer - Milwaukee 1306 South 108th Street, West Allis, WI  53214