A new website has popped up called Review My Homebrew and it is an interesting idea which will probably fall flat on it’s face. The idea is homebrewers can submit their bottle of brew and have it evaluated by a judge for the small sum of $40. Now that does include shipping so it really isn’t a huge fee in some ways since the shipping and packaging will eat up a chunk of those costs and their is return postage or scanning costs to consider. It also takes time to receive, unpack, chill, evaluate, clean up, etc. Most people get this from a competition for less than $10, but this service is promising a Grand Master judge evaluation. There is only one problem with that, BJCP Judges are not allowed to charge for judging. They can receive gifts, or gas reimbursement, meals, you know all the petty stuff, but they cannot charge someone for judging. So while this currently mentions the BJCP in a few locations, I suspect it will soon have to change in order to stay within the bylaws unless the judge in question is not being paid for their services.
I doubt very many people will shell out 40 beans for someone to tell them their beer blows, but you never know. I never thought people would buy really expensive sculptures for brewing when they can do the same thing with a cooler and a flip flop for mash/sparge, and then just a kettle so stranger things have happened and there are people out there willing to pay for things I would never even consider.