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Utah Beer News

The Utah Beer News podcast is an extension of It strives to deliver stories from brewers, breweries, and everyday imbibers who share a passion for craft beer. Founded in 2018, Utah Beer News is written by and for craft beer lovers. It's handcrafted craft beer content to sip and savor.

Nov 10, 2020

Today on the Utah Beer News Podcast you’ll hear from one of Utah’s relatively few certified beer judges. Jae Vanderwerf, who grew up in Portland and who spent some time in Minnesota, is no stranger to vibrant beer towns. When she arrived in Salt Lake about 18 months ago, she immediately fell in love with the craft beer scene here.

Even before landing in Utah, Jae had passed a pair of tests as part of the Beer Judge Certification Program. That’s to say, she had already earned her stripes as a certified beer judge.

In 2020, Jae sought a way to give back to the beer — specifically, the homebrew —  community that had given her so much joy. So, she began teaching a class to share her exemplary beer-tasting knowledge with others.

In this episode of the podcast we talk about:

  • Jae’s passion for craft beer and homebrewing
  • What it takes—step-by-step—to properly judge a beer
  • And how you can deepen your appreciation for craft beer by participating in a tastings class

By the way, stay tuned—in an upcoming “Bonus” episode, Jae will take Utah Beer News listeners along for the ride as she judges a local craft beer.

Thank you to Jae for taking the time to talk with Utah Beer News. And thank you for listening. If you enjoy this type of storytelling, it would mean a lot if you could please leave a review on your podcast platform of choice.

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And now, let’s dive right in to learn more about Jae Vanderwerf, BJCP Certified Judge.

Enjoy the episode!

Episode 41 | November 10, 2020