Article: How to taste like a beer judge

Next Saturday aspiring home brewers from all around New Zealand will compete against each other in the country’s largest home brew competition.

Organised by the consumer group the Society of Beer Advocates, this year’s SOBA National Homebrew Competition looks likely to attract around 600 entries, a competition record. As one of the judges, I’ll be spending the day in Auckland with 27 other hardy souls aiming to find the best beers and identify New Zealand’s champion home brewer.

If you’ve ever wondered how beers are assessed, here’s an insight into the process.

How to taste like a beer judge