« on: May 06, 2015, 08:37:08 AM »
Does anyone believe that we will eventually reach a point where there will be specialized certification within the beer categories?
I think for some categories we will have to and specifically for brett/sour. They have to be judged differently (e.g. what is a flaw in many styles is desired in these beers) and many judges are either inexperienced or recalcitrant to judge them. Having another certification available for the group of styles would encourage the development of a curriculum and adequate training. As it is now there is no chance I waste bottles of two year old brett beer to get back judging sheets marking down the beer for lacking acidity or being too phenolic.
I could see merit in developing specialized certifications in other groupings, like regional/national style groupings, but I don't think that as critical to the goal of objective judging.