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How will Fiji do in the World Beer Cup?

Although a few more entries may show up it seems that 183 judges at the World Beer Cup, held in Chicago in April just before the Craft Brewers Conference begins, will have more than 3,400 beers to judge over the course of two days.

Does that sound like work or like fun to you?

The 2010 WBC will be the largest commercial competition ever, eclipsing the 3,331 beer entries set at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

The judges come from 27 countries including the United States, with 63 percent of them from outside the U.S. Several countries not represented in 2008 will be this year: Benin, Cambodia, Fiji, Greece, Haiti, Ireland, Mongolia and Namibia.

Before you haul out the calculator, 3,500 beers for 183 judges works out to less than 20 beers each. Oh, were it that simple. Each beer is judged by by six judges in each round, and multiple times if it advances (the more popular categories require three rounds).

Now does it sound like work?


More about the judging process (from the 2006 competition in Seattle).


4 Responses to How will Fiji do in the World Beer Cup?

  1. Thomas January 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    How does one get that job? Once I get a higher rank on BJCP I’ll have to research that!

  2. Stan Hieronymus January 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Thomas – Check your email for details.

  3. Andy January 27, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    My first thought: being a beer judge would be awesome…

    My second thought: Having sold wine and been through horribly intense tasting sessions, judging beer professionally might ruin all the fun.

  4. Beer World May 19, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Thank you for all the great information

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