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Official Review Details


Judges Panel & Evaluation Process

Meet our Panel of Judges  |  How We Score

The Official Review follows the BJCP style and scoring criteria. Judges must have at minimum a BJCP National certification or a Master Cicerone® certification in order to sit on the panel. Judges are required to have an assistant that accepts beer/cider shipments, stores the samples and prepares the samples for the single-blind evaluation. The Review Coordinator manages sample shipments in order to reduce shipping distance between the brewery and the judge, while also restricting local beer from being evaluated by local judges. The judge makes the final determination of which style category the sample is evaluated against and the style is referenced by the judge at the beginning of his/her written review.


Editorial Use / Audience Exposure

Reviews receive high exposure to our audience of 8 million annual readers. Reviews are used in the following ways:

1. Published to website and optimized for SEO (2.2MM)

2. Included in the weekly Official Review eNewsletter (Fridays, 50k)

3. High-scoring reviews receive brewer Q&As published to the website and that are used in our Sunday "Recommended Beer with Brewer Q&A" eNewsletter.

4. High scoring reviews are published in the January annual print edition "Best Beers of the Year" and "Best Beers of the Year by Style Category."

5. World Class rated beers and cider receive 4 pages of editorial in the annual print edition that include the judges reviews, brewer Q&A and full page photography.

6. All reviews count towards our "Breweries of the Year" awards also published in  annual print edition.

7. Reviews are periodically published to our social media platforms for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest (110k).

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