Every year Brewers Association releases amendments and changes to their ever evolving Style Guidelines. Some styles are altered, some are added and some are removed altogether. These guidelines help BJCP judges and experts discern and categorize styles.

This year there were 600 changes made. The most notable changes were:

  • Category Additions: Added Session India Pale Ale, Contemporary Gose, Chili Pepper Beer and Mixed Culture Brett Beer categories.
  • Category Revisions: Significantly revised German-Style Rye Ale, Fruit Wheat Beer, Belgian-Style Fruit Beer, Brett Beer and International-Style Pale Ale categories.
  • Category Deletions: Deleted Indigenous Beer category.

No longer considered a beer category, but did any of you have an “Indigenous Beer?” To download the 2015 Style Guidelines Click here.

Guidelines are released every year in either February of March. If you want to submit a suggested change to next year’s guidelines, click here.