Although I've judged at many beer festivals and events I've never been chief judge.
Now that time has come.
The organisers have asked me first to define the categories. The festival is four months away and the brewers need cajoling into entering – and they need to know the categories.
Style and category definitions are often the source of bafflement, and sometimes argument amongst those involved. Tedious pedantic semantic arguments occur: "That beer's not a Strong Bitter, it's an Old Ale" etc. ad nauseum.
I'd like to keep the bickering to a minimum and get a pat on the back for my organisational flair – and I'd like your help in doing so.
What are your thoughts on what the categories should be for a British beer competition overwhelmingly dominated by cask ale?