BJCP Exam Preparation Course


This is a series of 10 weekly workshops to prepare aspiring judges to sit for the Entrance Exam and the Beer Judging Exam of the Beer Judge Certificate Program (“BJCP”). The course will cover both beer judging knowledge and beer tasting exercises.

Each week, our instructor will cover a specific topic on beer judging followed by in-class tastings. Homework and quizzes will be assigned and the participants are expected to spend at least three hours per week to study on their own. At the end of the course, there will be a mock exam followed by a debrief session to prepare the participants for the Beer Judging Exam.

The course includes a print out of all basic study materials needed for the exam preparation. The course also includes scoresheet grading services to allow participants to get feedback on their scoresheet writing skill.



All 10 courses will be held at HK Brewcraft, 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong.

Course Date: Starting from 6 Oct 2021, every Wednesday for 10 weeks
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Week 1
Introduction of BJCP Program

  • Beer Styles: Group 1 Pale Lagers
  • Beer Faults: Lightstruck, DMS
  • Sensory Kit Part 1

Week 2
Beer Judging Knowledge: Beer Judging Procedures and BJCP Scoresheets

  • Beer Styles: Pale Ale, Dark Ale
  • Beer Faults: Diacetyl, Acetaldehyde

Week 3
Brewing Procedures – Overview of Beer Production

  • Beer Styles: Group 2 Dark Lagers
  • Beer Faults: Earthy, Smoky, Astringent

Week 4
Beer Ingredients: Malt 

  • Beer Style: Group 3 European Pale Ales
  • Beer Faults: Oxidation
  • Sensory Kit Part 2

Week 5
Beer Ingredients: Hops

  • Beer Style: Group 4: American-Influenced Pale Ales
  • Beer Faults: Cheesy, Grassy, Geraniol
  • Sensory Kit Part 3

Week 6
Beer Ingredients: Yeast

  • Beer Styles: Group 5 Wheat Beers
  • Sensory Kit Part 4

Week 7
Beer Ingredients: Water 

  • Beer Styles: Group 6 Dark Ales
  • Beer Faults: Mineral, Salty
  • Sensory Kit Part 5

Week 8
Recipe Formation and Feedbacks

  • Beer Styles: Group 7 & 8 Strong Beers and Belgian Beers
  • Beer Faults: Musty, Solvent/Fusel, Sourness/Acidic

Week 9
Exam Preparation

  • Beer Styles: Groups 9 & 10 Other Belgian Beers and Hybrids
  • Beer Faults: Medicinal, Metallic, Alcoholic / Hot

Week 10

  • Mock Exam & Debrief Session



The course will be taught by National BJCP judges (they are also exam proctors).



The course will be conducted in English supplemented by Cantonese. All the study materials will be delivered in English – the official language for the exam held in Hong Kong.

Study Materials


The course includes a print out of all required study materials which can be picked up from HK Brewcraft at 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong one week before the workshop.

Registration & Payment


Registration: To complete your registration, please fill in the Registration Form and complete the course fee payment at least fourteen (14) days before the start of the course, email your transfer receipt to with subject “BJCP course registration”.

Class Size: The course requires a minimum of 8 participants and can host a maximum of 16 participants.

Course Fee: HKD7,000 for 10 workshops, all beers for tasting & mock exam fee.

Early Bird Price (Before 6 Sep 2021): HKD6,800 for 10 workshops, all beers for tasting & mock exam fee.

Payment: Full course fee must be paid to HK Brewcraft Ltd via the following methods 14 days before the first workshop, otherwise the registration will be cancelled:

  • Cash Payment / Check Payment / VISA / MasterCard in person
  • Cheque Payment by post to: HK Brewcraft, 4th floor, 15 Cochrane Street, Hong Kong
  • Cash Deposit / Check Deposit / Online Transfer to the Bank Account below:
    Bank Name: Hang Seng Bank
    Account Name: HK Brewcraft Limited
    Account Number: 364‐268276‐001

Please email your transfer receipt to with subject “BJCP course registration”.

Cancellation & Refund


Cancellation: The course will be cancelled if there is insufficient number of participants 14 days prior to the course.

Refund Policy: Course fee and deposits will be refunded in full to the participant if he/she withdraws 14 days prior to the start of the course or if the course is cancelled. An administrative charge of HKD200 will be applied and the remainder of the course fee will be refunded to the participant if he/she withdraws less than 14 days prior to the start of the course.

Crazy HK weather: If Typhoon Signal No. 8 (or above) or the Black / Red Rainstorm Warning Signal is in force 4 hours prior to the start of the session, the session will be postponed. We will follow up with you to reschedule the session.