Scott Birdwell

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Beer Judge

Scott became interested in quality beer while traveling Europe in the summer of 1977, discovering the beer in Great Britain, Germany & Czechoslovakia. After seeing some homebrewing supplies in shop windows in the U.K., his interest was piqued. When he returned back to Houston he stopped by DeFalco’s, bought some supplies and equipment and made his first batch of beer. It wasn’t great, but it was drinkable! 

When he returned to DeFalco’s to purchase his second set of ingredients, he was offered a part-time job there. Scott jumped at the opportunity! After purchasing the business in 1980, forty-one years after he first set foot in the door, Scott is still there!

Scott helped organize the Foam Rangers in January 1981 and the first Dixie Cup Homebrew Competition in 1984. When the BJCP was formed in 1985 as a joint venture of the American Homebrewers Association and the Home Wine & Beer Trade Association, Scott became an early participant. He became the program’s first Master Judge in the summer of 1988, by virtue of scoring over 90 points on the exam and accumulating the requisite 40 experience points. He administered several exams in the Houston area in the late 80s/early 90s including the first exam in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area around that time.

Scott has served several offices in the Home Wine & Beer Trade Association, including treasurer, vice-president and president. He also served for several years on the initial Board of Advisors to the AHA in the early 90s. Scott has been awarded the Instone Trophy Recognition Award for the HWBTA in 1996 as well as the AHA Governing Committee Recognition Award in 2001, but perhaps his real claim to fame is having a 240-barrel bright beer tank named after him at St. Arnold’s Brewing Co.!

My reviews

La Mûre

La Mûre, 2 Towns Ciderhouse
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

La Mûre by 2 Towns Ciderhouse was judged as a Specialty Cider/Perry, BJCP Style C2F.

2 Towns Ciderhouse La Mûre Lambic-Style Cider pours a beautiful bright burgundy color. You can detect the lambic sourness in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so. The Marion Blackberries used in the cider... Read More

Double Dust

Double Dust, Pure Project Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Double Dust by Pure Project Brewing is a sneaky strong Double IPA from the good folks in San Diego, California. It weighs in at 8.7 percent ABV! When poured into the glass, you know you have released a citrus bomb. The hop bouquet is very citrusy and quite intense. I don’t pick up a lot of malt... Read More

Rabbit Punch IPA

Rabbit Punch IPA, Big Boss Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Rabbit Punch IPA by Big Boss Brewing Co. is judged as a specialty IPA, BJCP Style 21B. This beer is quite hazy but not opaque. It shows a deep golden hue with a thin head of white lace that holds well. Its bouquet is quite floral, not the tropical fruit punch that so many New England IPAs sport... Read More

Log Cabin

Log Cabin, Pure Project Brewing
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Log Cabin by Pure Project Brewing is a Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout with cocoa and maple syrup judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, BJCP Style 33B. It packs an amazing wallop at 14 percent ABV! It pours opaquely dark brown/black into the glass. The aroma is intense, as one would certainly... Read More

Two Juicy

Two Juicy, Two Roads Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Two Juicy by Two Roads Brewing Co. is an Unfiltered Strong Double IPA (BJCP Style 22A). It weighs in at 8.2 percent ABV. Hello, Mr. Hoppy! The aroma smacks you in the face like sticking your head in a bag of freshly pick hop cones! It is intense, to say the least. I know there is malt in there... Read More

Hexotic

Hexotic by Area Two Experimental Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Hexotic by Area Two Experimental Brewing was judged as a Fruit Lambic (BJCP Style 23F). The label declares this is a “Wild Ale Brewed With Six Tropical Fruits.” The beer pours slightly hazy, not shocking for a wheat-based beer with wild yeast. It has a deep straw hue, and, like many sour beers,... Read More

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