Our 2023 Judges

Les bières inscrites à la Coupe de la bière du Canada ont été jugées par les meilleurs juges internationaux et pancanadiens, ce qui a contribué à attirer l’attention du monde entier sur l’excellence de la brasserie artisanale canadienne.

Stephen Beaumont

Juge en chef

Canada

Stephen Beaumont est l'une des voix les plus réputées au monde en matière de bière et l'auteur ou le co-auteur de 15 livres, dont la toute nouvelle troisième édition du best-seller international The World Atlas of Beer. En plus d'écrire pour un large éventail de publications, du Globe and Mail au Whisky Advocate en passant par Brewing Business, Stephen a présenté des conférences et des dégustations dans le monde entier et a été juge dans plusieurs des compétitions les plus prestigieuses du monde de la bière, notamment les World Beer Awards, Copa Cervezas de América et le Brussels Beer Challenge.

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Canada Beer Cup Judge Pete Brown

Tim Webb

Royaume-Uni

Tim Webb began writing about better types of beer when most of what could be said had to be reported in the past tense. During six years on the board of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), he ran Britain’s national beer festival and co-founded CAMRA’s publishing company. He has written Good Beer Guide Belgium continuously since 1992, co-authored The World Atlas of Beer since 2012, and has won awards for beer writing in four countries. In a career spanning over 40 years he has witnessed and chronicled the return of the craft of beer brewing, perhaps the most extraordinary consumer-led revolution of modern times.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Maurizio Maestrelli

Luc de Raedemaeker

Belgium

Luc de Raedemaeker learned early on that if you have to eat and drink anyway, you might as well enjoy it. Born and raised in Brussels, he was quick to appreciate the offerings from the Zenne valley: Geuze and Lambiek. He acquired his taste for beer as a student bartender.

Luc is now a lecturer in zythology, chief editor of Bier Grand Cru, and the author of The Belgian Beer Book, which has been hailed as the perfect guide to Belgian beer and beer culture. He is also the co-founder and director of the Brussels Beer Challenge, a prestigious international beer competition.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Kate Bernot

Jaime Ojeda

Chile

Jaime Ojeda, with 20 years of brewing industry experience, founded
ConEspuma.com in 2008, a virtual platform in Spanish exclusively focused on the beer industry. This platform serves as a hub for beer enthusiasts, promoting knowledge sharing and fostering our beer culture.

He has been a pioneer in the Chilean beer industry and has been involved in various beer projects and served as a judge in major beer competitions, showcasing his expertise and commitment to quality in the industry.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Tim Webb

Andreas Fält

Royaume-Uni

Andreas Fält travaille dans le secteur de la bière depuis plus de 20 ans, en commençant par importer des bières en Suède en 2000. Depuis 2006, il fait la promotion de la bière à travers le monde depuis Leeds, dans le nord de l'Angleterre. Pendant des années, il a été l'ambassadeur des bières de microbrasseries américaines de la Brewers Association en Europe. Dans ce rôle, il a fait la promotion des bières artisanales américaines et a développé le marché européen pour de nombreux membres de la Brewers Association.

Aujourd'hui, il est consultant/agent à l'exportation et contribue à préparer le terrain pour les brasseries du monde entier sur la scène internationale. Il a également pris la parole à la Craft Brewers Conference aux États-Unis, au Great American Beer Festival, au Brussels Beer Challenge 2012 et au Russian Brew World 2017, et a été juge lors de concours tels que la World Beer Cup, le Great American Beer Festival, le Great British Beer Festival, le Mondial de la Bière, l'European Beer Star, et bien d'autres.

Canada Beer Cup Judge John Holl

Lisa Morrison

Etats-Unis

Lisa Morrison is a longtime journalist who cut her teeth early in the craft beer scene, reporting for any publication that would let her write about the subject. She has taught beer classes for women and mixed audiences and hosted a beer radio show/podcast called Beer O’Clock. In
addition to writing Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest, she has contributed to several other beer books and guides. A experienced as a beer judge both locally and internationally, Lisa was the first woman to be inducted into the Oregon Beer Hall of Fame. She owns Belmont Station beer store and bar in Portland, Oregon.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Jay R. Brooks

Jay R. Brooks

Etats-Unis

Jay R. Brooks écrit sur la bière depuis 30 ans et est actuellement chroniqueur de presse affilié pour le Bay Area News Group avec sa chronique bihebdomadaire "Brooks on Beer". Il est contributeur à plusieurs revues importantes sur la bière et à des magazines à grand tirage, et a fait de nombreuses présentations pour la California Craft Brewers Association et la Brewers Association, entre autres organisations. Il a jugé des concours de bière sur cinq continents, notamment le Great American Beer Festival, le Great British Beer Festival, la World Beer Cup, le Brussels Beer Challenge et bien d'autres.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Marty Nachel

Etats-Unis

Marty Nachel est l'auteur de "Beer for Dummies" et "Homebrewing for Dummies", un éducateur de bière au College of DuPage Business of Craft Beer Program, et un juge international de bière certifié BJCP.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Ethan Cox

Etats-Unis

Ethan Cox, co-founder/co-owner of Community Beer Works, is Buffalo’s expert on craft beer and brewing. He is a qualified beer judge (BJCP Certified) with extensive judging experience including the GABF; a beer and food pairing expert (Certified Cicerone); and an area beer historian, author of Buffalo Beer: A History of Brewing In The Nickel City (2015), who has conducted dozens of beer pairing dinners, beer vs. wine pairing dinners, and beer education events and talks. Ethan currently working in consulting (Twin Petrels Seltzer & Social) and as a teacher at Villa Maria College. He lives in Buffalo with his wife and two children.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Craig Pinhey

Canada

Craig Pinhey a eu sa révélation en matière d'alcool vers 1985 avec sa première pinte de Ginger's Best, une véritable ale conditionnée en fût, à l'original Ginger's Tavern à Halifax, et il est depuis ce temps un amateur de bière. Après avoir obtenu une maîtrise en ingénierie, Craig a déménagé à Hamilton, en Ontario, en 1987 pour le travail, et s'est immédiatement impliqué dans la bière locale et le brassage amateur. Il est devenu juge BJCP, a remporté quelques prix de brassage et a commencé à travailler à la pige pour Great Lakes Brewing News. Il a organisé des compétitions nationales de brassage maison pour la CABA (Canadian Amateur Brewers Association), a édité leur magazine et en est devenu le président.

Après s'être installé au Nouveau-Brunswick en 1999 pour écrire à plein temps, Craig est devenu sommelier en 2000 et a commencé à rédiger sa chronique Good Drink pour Brunswick News. Il est toujours leur rédacteur sur les boissons, 22 ans plus tard. Publié dans des magazines régionaux (Atlantic Business, East Coast Living, Progress, The Coast) et nationaux (Maclean's, Wine Access, Mash, TAPS, Quench, RE:Porter), Craig gagne sa vie en écrivant, en jugeant, en consultant et en organisant des événements sur le vin, la bière, les spiritueux et les accords mets et vins. Il vit à Rothesay, au Nouveau-Brunswick, avec sa femme et voyage régulièrement dans la région et dans le monde entier, à la recherche de bons aliments, de bonnes boissons et d'histoires. Craig est un fanatique du Riesling et un amateur d’ale anglaise.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Willard Brooks

Etats-Unis

Willard Brooks is a fifth generation Buffalonian from a family with German roots, which for him means that good old fashioned beer is part of life and culture. After living twenty years in San Francisco, a year in Germany, and making numerous trips to the Netherlands, he has been
exposed to some of the best food, wine, and beer scenes in the world. As a fermenter of beer, a writer, and an organizer of craft beer events, he has also been steeped in the culture of beer in western New York and southern Ontario, although he maintains an abiding and ever-deepening affection for classic European beer styles. He speaks English, German, and Dutch.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Joe Wiebe

Canada

Joe Wiebe est le "Thirsty Writer", l'auteur de Craft Beer Revolution : The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries, le guide définitif de l'industrie florissante de la bière artisanale en Colombie-Britannique. Joe écrit régulièrement des chroniques pour le Growler, le Northwest Brewing News, le Vancouver View, UrbanDiner.ca et le BC Craft Beer News, ainsi que des articles sur la bière dans la revue British Columbia, BCBusiness, WestWorld, Beer West, Taps, Publican, NUVO, Taste, Alive et Boulevard. Joe est cofondateur et coproducteur de la Victoria Beer Week et du projet BC Ale Trail. Il a produit la Victoria Beer Map et est le chroniqueur de la bière pour les émissions All Points West et BC Almanac de CBC Radio. Il est juge de bière pour l'Okanagan Fest of Ale et les BC Beer Awards.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Bob Paolino

Etats-Unis

Bob Paolino began learning about craft beer four decades ago while growing up in New York’s Capital District, the birthplace of “microbrewing” in the Northeastern U.S. For 23 years, he was a columnist for Great Lakes Brewing News and received awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. He has been a BJCP judge since 1993, earning the rank of National Judge in 2001, and has been on the staff of the Great Taste of the Midwest, North America’s second-oldest beer festival, for 31 of the festival’s 36 years.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Sandy Cockerham

Etats-Unis

Sandy Cockerham started homebrewing in the late ’80s, after hearing her Dad talk about brewing beer with his brother many years before.  Later, she decided to explore beer judging, sitting for the BJCP exam in 2007, and currently holds the rank of Grand Master 9. 

She has judged at well over 250 competitions in the last 16 years and enjoys traveling and judging homebrew and commercial competitions all over the world.  She currently serves on the AHA Governing Committee and is co-chair of Competition Sub-Committee.  Sandy is the BJCP MidWest Representative and BJCP Vice-President.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Isabelle Netto

Canada

Iz Netto, M.Sc. est une microbiologiste spécialisée dans les aliments et les boissons et diplômée du programme Brewmaster du Niagara College. Elle a fait des présentations sur la recherche et le développement en matière de brassage, le contrôle de la qualité et d'autres sujets liés à la fermentation lors de conférences, d'ateliers, de webinaires et de podcasts, et elle continue de travailler sur des projets de collaboration avec des brasseries de l'Ontario.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Mike Buhler

Canada

Mike Buhler is the founder of the Newfoundland Special Order Beer Club, which has grown to over 4000 members and completely changed the face of beer in Newfoundland. He was also the 14th Certified Cicerone in Canada and the first east of Montreal, and has judged the Atlantic Canada Beer Awards as well as numerous different Newfoundland home-brew competitions. He is also an avid collector of beer with over 1000 bottles in my cellar and a sometimes homebrewer.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Dave Cole

Canada

Dave Cole has been a BJCP beer judge since 2016 and is currently the BJCP North Region Assistant Rep, running the Prairie Beer Awards.  He has judged at many competitions through the years, including the Great American beer Festival and American Homebrewers Association.  His favourite categories to judge are Historical and Experimental, and he is currently trying to get Canadian Spruce Beer recognized as an official beer style in the guidelines.  When not judging, he is an accountant specializing in non-compliant personal and corporate taxes, and road trips with his wife Bobbie to various music festivals.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Yuyu Kim

Canada

Yuyu Kim is a Korean brewer who settled in Canada in 2016. He likes both beer and wine so graduated from both the Brewmaster and Brewery Operation Management and Winery & Viticulture programs at Niagara College. He’s a professional brewer at Prairie Dog Brewing Co. in Calgary, Alberta, and both a Certified Cicerone and Certified BJCP beer judge. He has recently passed his Advanced Cicerone in one attempt and is awaiting the written exam result.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Josh Rubin

Canada

Josh Rubin est journaliste au Toronto Star. Il a passé douze ans en tant que chroniqueur bière du Star, et est juge aux World Beer Awards depuis 2016.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Sergio Pazos

Canada

Sergio Pazos Costa began homebrewing in 2015, after which he progressed through the positions of head brewer at Cerveceria Nuevo Mundo in Peru and owner and head brewer at Korak Brewing, also in Peru. He is both a certified BJCP judge and a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and has provided support to the BJCP in the translation of exams from English to Spanish. He currently works as a Beer Line Cleaning and Maintenance Technician in Toronto.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Marcelo Tarifa Coelho

Canada

Marcelo Tarifa Coelho was born and raised in Brazil, moving to Canada in 2022 to enroll at Niagara College in the Beverage Business Management program, where he graduated this past April. He has worked in the beverage industry since 2016 has a particular passion for sensory analysis and beer judging. In his short time in Canada, he has already judged in such competitions as the US Open Beer Championship and its cider equivalent.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Pat Thomson

Canada

Patrick Thomson a plus de 10 ans d'expérience dans le service de la bière et se consacre à servir et à présenter la bière de la bonne manière. Il est actuellement directeur des opérations et des événements à la Godspeed Brewery.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Richard Preiss

Canada

Richard Preiss is a brewing scientist and fermentation expert. He co-owns Escarpment Laboratories, Canada’s premier yeast supplier and has helped many brewers fix problems and improve their processes. Richard’s focus is on translating research and data into better solutions and yeast strains for brewers.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Philip Kochanke

Canada

Philip Kochanke has been brewing professionally since 2010 and serves as Brewmaster at Ottawa’s longest-running production brewery, Kichesippi Beer. Following a brewing apprenticeship at a large regional German brewery, Philip received the title of Braumeister from
Doemens Academy in Munich in 2016. He combines his deep passion for the brewing process with a love of high quality traditional beer.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Jesse Vallins

Canada

Jesse Vallins is the executive chef at Barberian’s Steak House in Toronto and has spent over 25 years cooking in some of the city’s best restaurants. Not just a chef, but also a lifetime student of the beverage world, Jesse is an Advanced Cicerone, a BJCP certified beer and mead judge, and a certified sommelier. When he’s not working at the restaurant or dorking out on drinks, Jesse teaches and develops curriculum at Toronto’s George Brown College and contributes content to Food & Drink Magazine.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Nicole Jay

Canada

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Kevin Freer

Canada

Kevin Freer est le maitre-brasseur de Block Three Brewing et travaille dans l'industrie brassicole depuis 11 ans. Il est également juge BJCP depuis 10 ans.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Kelly Byer

Canada

Kelly Byer manages the research labs at Niagara College’s Food & Beverage Innovation Centre and works with Ontario Craft Brewers in the areas of lab analysis, sensory testing, quality assurance and regulatory compliance. With a Honours Biology degree from the University of
Guelph and background in agricultural research, she also has previous experience in quality assurance and food safety programs, compliance with regulatory programs and standards, and new product development. Kelly has also taught both beer science and sensory courses for the School of Wine, Beer and Spirits.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Matt Tweedy

Canada

Matt Tweedy est le cofondateur et le directeur du brassage de la Tooth and Nail Brewing Company.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Brad Barta

Canada

Brad Barta is the Pilot Plant Manager for Niagara College’s Food and Beverage Innovation Center. He was the lead brewer at Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery for six years prior to assuming his new position, as well being a part time instructor for the Brewmaster program. He
has taught courses on packaging, brewing equipment, the history of brewing, and two levels of sensory evaluation. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Niagara College’s Brewmaster Program and a previous winner of national beer and brewing awards.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Adam Marshall

Canada

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Dane Glyn-Williams

Canada

Dane Glyn-Williams est un Cicérone avancé, juge certifié BJCP et maitre sommelier de bière Prud'homme basé à Toronto, Ontario. Dane travaille dans l'industrie de la bière depuis six ans et fait actuellement partie de l'équipe de propriétaires de la Rouge River Brewing Company.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Victor North

Canada

Victor North is a National-ranked BJCP judge who has worked in the beer industry for over a decade. Originally employed as a brewer, he has been in a support role for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Program at Niagara College since 2014.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Jan-Philippe Barbeau

Canada

Jan-Philippe Barbeau est brasseur professionnel au Québec depuis près de 25 ans et est actuellement directeur régional des ventes au Canada pour Fermentis by Lesaffre.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Ian Morrison

Canada

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Jordan St. John

Canada

Jordan St. John is a Certified Beer Judge and Certified Cicerone who has been the Head of the Beer Certificate program at Toronto’s George Brown College for half a decade. Author of five books on beer including the Heritage Toronto award nominated Lost Breweries of Toronto, and
two editions of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, he is a frequent presence on radio and television programs nationally covering the subjects of Craft Beer and alcohol excise in Canada. He is the editor of The Growler Ontario and a contributor to LCBO Food and Drink.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Abhijeet Pathak

Canada

Abhijeet Pathak est un Cicérone certifié qui travaille actuellement comme caviste et superviseur de l'emballage à la Northern Maverick Brewing. Il est également un brasseur amateur passionné qui s'intéresse de près aux bières belges, britanniques et de fermentation mixte.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Mark Horsley

Canada

Mark Horsley est le brasseur et le propriétaire de Barrel Heart Brewing & Blending, une nouvelle brasserie axée sur la saison vieillie en fût et utilisant des ingrédients de l'Ontario. Il est également professeur dans le programme Brewmaster du Niagara College, où il se concentre sur l'analyse sensorielle.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Chelsea Tessier

Canada

Chelsea Tessier graduated with a BSc in Honours Science from the University of Waterloo, after which she worked for a decade in microbiology ecotoxicology in Edmonton. Chelsea has been a certified BJCP judge since 2018 and was the president of the Edmonton Homebrewers Guild for three years before stepping down to open her own brewery in 2023, Polyrhythm Brewing, which despite having been open for only five months, received a Judges Selection from the Alberta Beverage Awards that same year. Chelsea has judged the Alberta Beer Awards five times, the BC Beer Awards, the Prairie Beer Awards, and numerous homebrew competitions.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Jeffery Kurkowski

Canada

Jeffery Kurkowski is a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Technology world brewing academy program and has studied brewing in Canada, Germany and the United States.  He has brewed for over a decade in some of Ontario’s most highly regarded breweries and is currently Head Brewer at Toronto’s Godspeed Brewery.

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