Julia Herz

Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, is a homebrewer, BJCP beer judge and Certified Cicerone®. Despite her extensive experience, she will always consider herself a beer beginner on an unending journey to learn more about craft beer.

Julia's Articles


Pumpkin Beers: Why People Love—and Love to Hate—Them

Pumpkin beer is loved so much that in the month of October it rivals the popularity of India pale ale—the top-selling craft beer style in supermarkets in America. What’s most surprising about this little style that could is that beer lovers take an emotional stand for or against it, but why? more»

Coming Clean about Dirty Beer Glassware

It’s great that we are finally getting the culinary world to pour beer into an actual glass—thank goodness—but now we have the issue of remnant-riddled glassware. Find out what the bubbles in your beer are trying to tell you. more»

Birth of a Hop

It takes about ten years (on average) to develop each new hop variety—thus the less than two hundred worldwide varieties today. See just what it takes to bring a new hop to life in, "The Birth of a Hop." more»

Craft Beer In the Kitchen: 5 Tips on Alcohol and Flavor

Many people today are bringing craft beer into the kitchen, as they've found it to be a flavor enhancer that evolves and expands the potential of their dishes. But what they may not know, and something I recently discovered, is that when cooking with fermented beverages, some alcohol can remain in the final dish. more»

5 Cardinal Sins of Craft Beer Service

Having high beer standards is completely different than being highbrow. Julia Herz shares five cardinal sins of craft beer service and encourages beer bars to go beyond the industry standard to win the hearts and palates of America's craft beer drinkers. more»