Beers will be judged in a blind format by experienced and sensory-trained judges. The Brewers Association guidelines will be utilized, and will be based on the most recently published guidelines available on February 20th of the competition year. Sensory feedback will be provided for all entries.
Judges are hand selected by the competition organizers based on judging experience, sensory evaluation training, and competition table manner. Every year participating judges are evaluated for the quality of their evaluations and feedback.
Individuals interested in becoming a judge or receiving sensory evaluation training can find resources through organizations like the Beer Judge Certification Program, Cicerone Program, and Siebel Institute.