Wait... my mead got judged by a Grand Master BJCP judge. That feedback was really good - if brief. Not much chance to get a Grand Master touching anything I submit regionally or at other comps. The ability to get a beer in front of really experienced palettes is part of the motivation.I guess I hadn't thought of that.
some damn good judges there, as always. Just as an example in the afternoon my Cat 28 flight also had dbeechum, Michael Fairbrother, and a couple Grandmaster judges who both know cider. Before she was given an afternoon judging assignment AmandaK, a great judge in her own right, wanted to come over to be our steward and learn. The feedback on a beer checklist may be thin, but with the level of experience and expertise at the event, the results are pretty freaking legit.