I've always heard it was beer nerds deciding which beer nerds get let into the club. (I'm still waiting the results of my exam...)
Except that the exams are graded blindly.
When grading, you have no idea what city's exam you'll get until the exam is being sent to you and the only identifying mark on an exam is a random number assigned to the examinee.
I am also waiting on the result of an exam, but I'm not posting false rumors on forums about it.
I know what you're saying, but I took the previous post to be talking more about what level of beer geekdom deserves to get into the "club" rather than what individuals.
I do believe we have some graders who are too harsh. I want a bunch more National judges, so they can help grade and I can grade less.
It's the people that complain about how long it is taking that annoy me. I've had my co-grader lose their job or have an immediate family member have a medical emergency while we were grading.
I found 84 spare hours in a one-month period to grade my last set. That's a ridiculous amount of time to volunteer for 20 exams, let alone the 9 I got. Most don't take that long or I'd never do it again, but even the fast sets are a huge % of my free time to donate. I would prefer people just said "Thank you" and accepted that a purely volunteer organization is going to take some time...