Brewers of the world, its that time of the year again! The Brewers Association has updated its Beer Style Guidelines! The current guidlines describe 140 beer styles and are used in beer competitions, like the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.

“These guidelines help to illustrate the growth of craft brewers in the United States and also offer insight and a foundation for helping appreciate the hundreds of beer types brewed for the beer lover,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association.

For 2011, several beer style descriptions have been significantly updated:

Additionally, one beer style has been added, and another has been renamed. American-Style Brett Ale is now a recognized ale style. American-Style Black Ale is the new name for American-Style India Black Ale, and it too has updated style guidelines.

You can find the updated list of guidelines in the Publications section of here.

The Brewers Association has provided beer style descriptions as a reference for brewers and beer competition organizers since 1979. BA is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. More than 1,000 US brewery members and 19,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer wholesalers, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association.

Source: Brewer's Association

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