The Brewers Association (BA) has released its 2019 Beer Style Guidelines, which help shape and determine the commercial styles of today. The BA’s style guidelines end up being the categories for judging at the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup® among other pro competitions. This year sees new styles, as well as the inevitable consolidation of categories and the elimination of others.
The 2019 version includes over 1,000 edits, revisions, formatting changes, and general housekeeping updates, as well as the addition, deletion and combination of several beer style guidelines made for brevity. Among the notable updates:
- Style additions:
- Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale
- Contemporary Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
- Franconian-Style Rotbier
- American-Style India Pale Lager
- Style consolidations:
- Pale and Dark American-Belgo-Style Ale styles consolidated into one guideline
- Kellerbier or Zwickelbier Ale and Lager styles consolidated into one guideline
- Breslau-Style Pale and Dark Schoeps styles consolidated into one guideline
- American-Style Light and Dark Wheat Beer styles consolidated from four guidelines to one
- Wood-and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber, Dark and Strong into one guideline
- American-Style Ice Lager was removed as a category.
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