Once again I'm leading the judging for the Lancaster Beer Festival awarding the "Lancashire Cup".
This beer festival was formerly know as the Lanacster Round Table Beer Festival, and it is now in its 23rd year.
The dates are March 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Here's the website: http://www.lancasterbeerfest.org/
The judging will take place at Lancaster Town Hall on March 1st – and we have vacancies for judges.
If you can be in Lancaster (at your own expense, sorry – it is a charidee gig) on March 1st and you feel you know your beer then get in touch.
Some things I look for in a beer judge:
Open-mindedness: If you've ever uttered something like "all lager is rubbish" or "all keg beer is rubbish" then you should think again. As it happened, last year we had no lager or keg beer but nonetheless, to be an open-minded beer judge you will NOT have written off beers in these categories purely because of some dogma you have swallowed.
Open-mindedness: If you live by restrictive self-impose rules, e.g. "I never drink beer that is over 4%" or "I never drink stout", you're probably not cut out to be a judge.
Open-mindedness: you are intrigued by every new beer you encounter, regardless of style or country of origin.
A willingness to treat beer judging seriously. If, upon reading this, you thought something like "great, that'll be a laugh, pissing it up on free beer for day, count me in" then we don't want you.