Section 4 – Members.
Members may not charge fees to perform judging duties,
although they may accept payments, in-kind donations, and/or expense
reimbursements if those are reasonable
and customary for specific events they
I guess it can be argued that requiring payment for judging a competition is against the bylaws, but accepting reasonable payment for evaluation/troubleshooting services (because the recipe/process is attached) is ok.
It's a fine line on what exactly would constitute breaking these bylaws. "Judging duties" to me sounds like judging in a competition setting, not evaluating a single beer or beers (with the recipes and their process info) for somebody to help them make it better <shrugs> [edit - free tickets to the State Fair are customarily given out to the judges, and also the schwag that they get. These things fall into this camp of customary and reasonable for SPECIFIC EVENTS, IMO. The difference is what about for activities OUTSIDE of events? Can you NOT hire a consultant? Seems an overreach to conclude that to me]
All that said, I know for a fact that publications pay a small stipend for beer reviews, Zymurgy and Beer Connoisseur included. But these payments are rather small and certainly fall into the "reasonable" camp.
FWIW, I'm in no way affiliated with this. I still stand by my long-standing offer to evaluate anyone's homebrew for free! Just PM me, and realize that it's pretty expensive to ship to Seattle from the rest of the country.
(Though I do admit in light of these events, MikeW's offer is quite tempting ;-) )