Our Judges

Beer entered into the Canada Beer Cup will be judged by top international judges, helping bring global attention to Canadian craft brewing excellence.

Stephen Beaumont

Head Judge


Stephen Beaumont is one of the world’s most authoritative voices on beer and the author or co-author of 15 books, including the brand new third edition of the international best-seller, The World Atlas of Beer. As well as writing for a wide and diverse array of publications, from The Globe and Mail to Whisky Advocate to Brewing Business, Stephen has presented lectures and tastings all around the globe and judged in many of the beer world’s most prestigious competitions, including the World Beer Awards, Copa Cervezas de América, and the Brussels Beer Challenge.


Canada Beer Cup Judge Pete Brown

Pete Brown

United Kingdom

Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer, pubs, cider, bacon rolls and fish and chips. Across twelve books, his broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards, and in 2020 was named an “Industry Legend” at the Imbibe Hospitality Awards.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Maurizio Maestrelli

Maurizio Maestrelli


Maurizio Maestrelli is a Milan-based journalist and author. His works are focused on beer, spirits and cocktails told from different perspectives: people, markets, travel. Among the publications he currently contributes to are Il Sole 24 Ore, the first daily financial newspaper in Italy; Good Beer Hunting; Bargiornale, the leading Italian magazine about bars and beverages; and the Greek Beer & Bar Magazine. He is also the author of Speakeasy. The most secret bars in the world, Birre. The proof that God loves us, and Anthologin. He travels extensively, researching, tasting, and judging competitions, and is the founder of “Milano Beer Week.”

Canada Beer Cup Judge Kate Bernot

Kate Bernot


Kate Bernot is a beer and beverage reporter whose work regularly appears in Good Beer Hunting and Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine; her byline has also appeared in Imbibe, America’s Test Kitchen, Craft Spirits Magazine, and more. In 2021, she received three awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers: third place in Best Business Writing; third place in Best Commentary; and second place in Best National/International Reporting. She is a BJCP-certified beer judge and a Certified Cider Professional. She lives in Missoula, Montana.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Tim Webb

Tim Webb

United Kingdom

In a career spanning 40 years, Tim Webb has witnessed and chronicled the return of craft brewing around the world. After six years on the board of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), during which he ran the Great British Beer Festival and co-founded its publishing company, he went on to write eight editions of Good Beer Guide Belgium, for which he has won awards in four countries, and co-author three editions of The World Atlas of Beer, in addition to several other titles.
Canada Beer Cup Judge John Holl

John Holl


John Holl is a journalist covering the beer industry. He is the host of the Drink Beer, Think Beer podcast, cohost of Steal This Beer, and a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine. Holl is the author of several books including The American Craft Beer Cookbook.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Jay R. Brooks

Jay R. Brooks


Jay R. Brooks has been writing about beer for 30 years, and is currently a syndicated newspaper columnist for the Bay Area News Group with his bi-weekly column, “Brooks On Beer.” He contributes to many major beer periodicals and general circulation magazines, and has given numerous presentations for the California Craft Brewers Association and the Brewers Association, among other organizations. He has judged in beer competitions on five continents, including the Great American Beer Festival, the Great British Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, The Brussels Beer Challenge and many others.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Ren Navarro


With nearly a decade of experience in the alcohol industry, a passion for encouraging personal and professional growth, and her trademark wit, Ren Navarro is here to educate, enlighten, and engage. Since launching Beer. Diversity. in 2018, Ren has become a known name at breweries, wineries, distilleries, and beyond. She has given talks on diversity and inclusion at several colleges and countless festivals, panels, radio shows, and podcasts throughout North America. In addition to being a diversity educator, she is a craft beer consultant for bars and restaurants in Ontario and an educator for countless businesses throughout the country.
Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Joe Wiebe


Joe Wiebe is the “Thirsty Writer,” the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries, the definitive guidebook to British Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer industry. Joe writes regular columns for the Growler, Northwest Brewing News, Vancouver View, UrbanDiner.ca, and the BC Craft Beer News, as well as beer-soaked stories in British Columbia magazine, BCBusiness, WestWorld, Beer West, Taps, Publican, NUVO, Taste, Alive and Boulevard. Joe is a co-founder and co-producer of Victoria Beer Week and the BC Ale Trail project. He produced the Victoria Beer Map, and is the beer columnist for CBC Radio’s All Points West and BC Almanac programs. He acts as a beer judge for the Okanagan Fest of Ale and the BC Beer Awards.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Don Tse

Don Tse


Don Tse is a beer writer and consultant known globally as The Don of Beer. He has been active in craft beer for over 20 years and is a BJCP National ranked judge. He has sampled and written tasting notes on over 24,000 different beers. Don has also written for magazines and presented on beer in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ukraine and Singapore.

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