The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers, released its annual 2015 Beer Style Guidelines. Put together yearly by the Brewers Association, these guidelines serve as a reference tool for beer experts and judges, highlighting various beer styles.
More than 600 total changes were made to this year’s version, ranging from minor tweaks of style parameters and revision of several category names, all the way to addition and deletion of beer style category guidelines, including:
- 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; and
- Category Deletions: Deleted Indigenous Beer category.
“The Brewers Association’s beer style guidelines serve to showcase and structure the plethora of styles in today’s advancing beer world,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. “While the basic tenets of beer remain the same, the evolution and innovation in specific styles is remarkable. The guidelines recognize both traditional styles and new types of beers brewed by today’s creative brewers.”