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The Year at a Glance

February 6, 2016

Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Examination - Juneau, Alaska

Only 12 people are allowed to take the examination at a time.

As of 01/13/2016 all available spots have been taking.

Note that this examination is based upon the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

An online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion (http://bjcp.coursewebs.com) must be taken if one has not taken the BJCP exam before or scored at least 60 points in the essay section of the old exam (what the BJCP is calling the Legacy Beer Exam).

Details of the Entrance Examination may be found at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Entrance_Exam.pdf.

A revised study guide may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Study_Guide.pdf.

Time: ~10:00-11:30 a.m.

Location: Alaska Brewing Company (530 East Benson #3)

Cost: Online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion: $10.00
The BJCP Beer Judging Examination): $40.00 (
($15.00 for retakes)

Description of Examination: The BJCP Beer Judging Examination consists of critically evaluating six beers during a 90 minute period.

The next BJCP examination will be given in Juneau on February 25, 2017. For more information about the 2017 BJCP examination please contact Joy Will at (907) 780-5924 or jwill@alaskanbeer.com.


February 14 - May 1, 2016

Study Course for the Beer Judge Certification Program Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

Description of the Study Course: This course is limited to 30 people. There will be a waiting list for those to take the place of anyone who does not show up for the first class.

Classes will be held:
February 14, 21, 28
March 6,13, 20
April 3, 10 and 24
May 1

Time: The first class of the preparatory course will be on February 14 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Location: The preparatory and examination course will be held in at Café Amsterdam (530 East Benson #3).

Costs: $50.00 which covers the cost of a 3-ring bound study guide and the costs of the commercial beers sampled and evaluated during the course. The $50.00 fee is due at the first class.

The Beer Written Proficiency Examination will be given on May 7th and is limited to 12 participants. This exam is for those attempting to become judges at National or higher level. As such it is restricted to folks having taken the Tasting Examination and optained a score of at least 80% and have five experience points.

The BJCP Tasting Examination will take place on May 15 and is also limited to only 12 participants.

The Beer Written Proficiency Examination will be given on May 7th. This exam is for those attempting to become judges at National or higher level. As such it is restricted to folks having taken the Tasting Examination and optained a score of at least 80% and have five experience points.

Prior to taking the BJCP one will need to take and pass the BJCP Entrance Examination. The cost of the examination is $10.00. Information regarding this examination may be found at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Entrance_Exam.pdf. Although this examination is taken online it is highly recommended that one study for it first. It is not an easy examination and one must complete it within one hour. After taking and pass the BJCP Entrance Examination one has up to a year to take the Tasting Examination.

Things happen. It is recommended that one take BJCP Entrance Examination AFTER one has secured a slot to take the Tasting Examination.

For more information about the short course and/or the BJCP ecaminations please contact Kevin Sobolesky at metkonig@gmail.com.


February 20, 2016

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

Location: Soldotna Creek Park (44149 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, Alaska)

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Admission to non-drinkers is free. The cost for beer drinkers is $25.00 for which includes a 16 oz. stainless steel tasting glass and four drink tokens good for 4 oz. pours Additonal tokens may be purchased for $2.00 each.

Description: This is an outdoor event with live music, bonfires, games, food vendors, etc. The following establishments will be represented in the beer garden: Arkose Brewery, Baranof Island Brewing, Bear Creek Winery, Broken Tooth Brewing, Celestial Meads, Denali Brewing, Homer Brewing, Kenai River Brewing, King Street Brewing, Midnight Sun Brewing, and St. Elias Brewing. All proceeds will support the Kenai Watershed Forum and the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

Additional information may be found at: https://www.facebook.com/FrozenRiverFest.


May 7, 2016

Zymurgist Borealis National Homebrew Day/Big Brew Celebration - Fairbanks, Alaska

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, May 7 starting at about noon off of Chena Pump Road at the Chena Pump Campgrounds (Google Maps refers to it as the Tanana Wayside and Boat Launch).

Come and join us in our celebration of National Homebrew Day in which we commemorate the legalization of homebrewing.

There will be a a potluck and, of course, homebrew/mead to share and sample.

The meeting will take place rain or snow or shine.

...and now for a bit of history. The Cranston Bill (introduced by Senator Alan Cranston of California) legalized homebrewing on the federal level by calling for an exemption from taxation of beer brewed at home for personal or family use. H.R. 1337, which included the Cranston Bill, was signed on October 14, 1978 by President"Jimmy" Carter. The tax exemption and, therefore, the legalization of homebrewing went into effect on February 1, 1979.

 

Shown above is a view of the campgrounds seen from Chena Pump Road (coming from the Geist Road).We usually meet at the shelter shown on the right.

The coordinates of the shelter we meet at are about: 64.795° N, 147.953° W.

For more information contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.


May 7 & 15, 2016

Beer Judge Certification Program Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

Each BJCP Examination allows only 12 participants at a time.

Seats for the examination are open for enrollment (as of 01/11/2016). E-mail or call Kevin Sobolesky at metkonig@gmail.com or (907) 903-1056 to reserve your spot.

Note that this examination is based upon the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

An online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion (http://bjcp.coursewebs.com) must be taken if one has not taken the BJCP exam before or scored at least 60 points in the essay section of the old exam (what the BJCP is calling the Legacy Beer Exam).

Details of the Entrance Examination may be found at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Entrance_Exam.pdf.

A revised study guide may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Study_Guide.pdf.

Time: To be arranged

Location: To be arranged

Cost: Online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion: $10.00
The BJCP Tasting Examinatoin: $40.00 (
($15.00 for retakes)
The BJCP Written Proficiency Examination (open only to thosewishing to advance to National Beer Judge or higher): $25.00 ($15.00 for retakes)

Please note that the above fees are due when you sign up to take the examinations.

Description of Examinations:

The BJCP Tasting Examination consists of critically evaluating six beers during a 90 minute period.

The BJCP Written Proficiency Examination is given only to those people who have scored at least 80 points on the BJCP Beer Judging Examination or have a composite score (Tasting + Essay Exam) of at least 80 points on the Legacy Beer Exam and have at least five experience points.

The BJCP Written Proficiency Examination consists of a 20 True-False questions regarding the BJCP and five essay questions all of which must be answered in 90 minutes or less.

The BJCP Written Proficiency Examination will be given on May 7.

The BJCP Tasting Examination consists of critically evaluating six beers during a 90 minute period. This examination will be given on May 15.

The next BJCP Examination will be given in Anchorage in May 2017.

For more information about this BJCP examination or the study course contact Kevin Sobolesky at metkonig@gmail.com or (907) 903-1056.



Pictures and Summaries of Previous Events:

1999 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2000 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2001 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2002 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2003 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2005 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2006 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2007 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2008 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2009 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2010 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2012 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

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Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2000

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2001

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2002

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2003

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2004

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2005

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2006

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2007

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2008

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2009

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2010

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2011

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2013

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2014

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2015


Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2016. Upcoming events for which I have information are listed above and the details are given there. The dates of several of the events listed below may not be known at present (or at least not known to me). This information will be updated when I have more details. Most events listed here are annual events and although the exact dates may vary from year to year the approximate dates are correct and can be used as a guide to the remainder of the year as well as next year.

The Following Events are for the Year 2016

January 22 & 23

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 6

BJCP Examination - Juneau, Alaska

February 14-May 1

BJCP Study Course - Anchorage, Alaska

February 20

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

Late February

Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Late March/Early April

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

April 2

Anchorage On Tap Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

Early May

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 7

Zymurgist Borealis National Homebrew Day Celebration/Big Brew - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 7 & 15

BJCP Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

May 27 & 28

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

Late June

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska

July 16?

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

Mid-Late July

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

Early August

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Late August

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September

Southeast Alaska's Autumn Pour Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

Late September

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

HooDoo ChooChoo - On a train traveling from Fairbanks-Nenana-Fairbanks, Alaska

Early October

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

Early October

Great Alaska Beer Train - On a train traveling from Anchorage- Portage-Anchorage, Alaska

Early October

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

Mid-October

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

Mid-October

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

Late October

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

November

Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance Beer and Wine Tasting - Seward, Alaska

Early December

Humpy's Big Fish Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

If you have any information regarding a beer related event that should be listed in this calendar please contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.

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