I am going to teach a series of BJCP classes starting in February. We will meet once every month for a year. This series of classes provides the knowledge needed to become a 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. The exam is going to be scheduled for January of 2014, you do not need to take the exam to take the classes, but it is encouraged. 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.
I need to get a fairly accurate count of who will be taking these classes so I can get classroom space and reserve an exam date. (There is already a year waiting list for a exam dates) I am looking at the Dank House or Goose Island. We can always use the brewhouse as a fall back.
Please respond to this post if you are interested and let me know if Tuesday Nights (6:30-10:30) or Saturday mornings (8:30-12:30) will work for you. If both times work respond BOTH.
Thanks and I look forward to the classes.
I'm definitely interested. Tuesday evenings work better for me.
tuesdays would work better for me
Would love to partake. Tues are best.
Tuesdays work here as well.
The emperor is not as forgiving as i am
Interested, and Tuesday's are good with me as well.
I'd also love to participate, although sounds like I'm the odd one out here as I can't do Tuesdays since I'm on the road.
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I'm with Lucas, I would also prefer Saturday mornings
"Give a man a beer, and he will waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and he will waste a lifetime!" Bill Owen
tuesday it is.
Looks like I have seven interested parties for Tuesday night.
I have been thinking about it more and I maybe the brew house is the way to go as the teaching location. Does anyone have a strong feeling about it?
I am interested as well and either day works for me...
The Square Kegs have offered to host at the Dank Haus on Tuesday nights. Would this location make the class unfeasible?
I'm in for either day. Tuesdays probably work better though
Dank Haus is close to the brown line, so works for me, but I think 7:00 would be a better time. I'm flexible though, so what works best for everyone else is fine.
Also is there anyone who is interested in the classes but not planning on taking the exam?
I would much rather prefer to do it at the Brewhouse
One other thought, would friday nights work best? I can see a lot of advantagous of doing this. The only problem would be those who work friday nights. Does anyone who is interested work friday nights?
dank haus works for me.tuesday or friday.
dank haus does not work for me... To far north. can we find a more central local?
Dank Haus works for me, Tuesdays or Fridays work fine.
I am a newbie, but very interested in this including taking the exam! Tuesday or Friday works and the Brewhouse is the preferred location.
I would love to get involved in this. Dank Haus works for me because I am already up North on Tuesdays at the shop. I can make it anywhere I need to be that is realistic.
I would be interested if it's on Tuesdays. Dank Haus or brewhouse works for me (Dank Haus is best if you have a gun to my head I have to choose one).
Both times work, brewhouse is better for me location wise, dank house might make me slightly late depending on time.
Interested and fine with all of the options, except for Dank Haus on the weekend.
tuesdays anywhere are good for me
James, Dankhaus or CHAOS brewbouse work on Tuesdays for me.
Good news everyone, the BJCP classes officially have a home and schedule. Classes start Feb 19th. Rock Bottom Brewery has agreed to let us use their space at no cost. Classes will be monthly on the 3rd Tuesday from 7-10pm. There is a class fee of $220 for all 12 sessions that must be paid up front. The fee pretty much goes exclusively to beer, I am not making any money off this. The exam has been scheduled for Jan 2014. I have 20 spots reserved. Payment reserves your spot in the exam. It is first pay first serve. You do not need to take the exam if you take the class, but it is encouraged. If you do not intend on taking the exam please send me only $200 and note that you will not be taking the exam. Payment must be made via Chase Quick Pay to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the two attachments below for the course outline and reading material. If you have any questions post them here or send me an email.
I look forward to these classes.
This is the class overview with everything you need to know about the class (Right click and select "Save Image As...")
This is the class reading list. Please buy these books before the first class (Right click and select "Save Image As...")
I have had a couple requests from non chase customers about how Chase Quick Pay will work for them. Its fairly straight forward, you will need to know your bank account number and routing number. Follow the instructions below, the email address associated with the account is email@example.com. Thanks,
How does a non-Chase customer sign up to send or accept money through Chase QuickPay?
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If this gives you trouble, send me an email and I will send you a direct request for payment. James
There are a couple spots left for the class, While the first class does not meet until Feb 19 there is a lot of reading to do before then and there will also be some homework beers to drink. So, if you plan on taking the class please reserve your spot by sending me $220 via Chase quick pay.
Read the two posts above for more information on the class and how Chase Quick Pay works.
I didn't realize that you are also considering Saturday AM. Please go ahead and sign me up if you still have a spot available. I will make my payment through pay pal. Thanks.
Saturdays got tossed out as it conflicted with more peoples schedules than Tuesday nights. So the classes are the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-10.
Also, unfortunately reservations for the test filled up a couple days ago. You can still take the class, but I don't have an exam spot for any additional members right now. However, the classes are very valuable whether you are interested in becoming a beer judge or not. You will definitly be a better brewer and taster by the end of the classes. I can petition the BJCP to give me more exam spaces. They are not willing to give me more until I have a waiting list for the exam. So if a handful of people sign up without a reserved test space it will give me something to pressure them with.
Hey James, got all the books together, and money on the way. Do you have a list of homework beers and reading to do before the first class? Looking forward to it. Thanks!
*edit*. Ooops, just found the info on the event page. Please disregard above question. Thanks!!
Sounds great, get reading! Once you send me a payment I can add you to the class contact list and assign you to a homework group.
Hi James, were you able to get any more exam spots from the BJCP?
Nope, but there are a number of people taking it anyway. There will aslo be a test in michigan the June 2014 at the AHA conference you could register for.
I will be signing up when I get home from work in an hour. This is a great opportunity! Thanks!
Edit: where is the list of homework beers?
Unfortunately I don't think we're going to have any Formal B JCP classes in 2014. There are a few tests coming up, one at the AHA conference in Grand Rapids Michigan another one being put on by Brian Eichorn of hops in the late summer and there's a study group led by Nancy Rockwood that you might be able to participate in. I don't anticipate having time to teach another class in the next couple years. I would be more than willing to support another member of the club in the teaching of a class and think that there probably will be sufficient capacity within the new judges in the club to do this in 2015 or 2016.