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


15 Tips for Hosting a Beer Dinner

Beer lovers pair their beer with food more than any other single activity surrounding the beverage's enjoyment. Here are 15 tips to help you host a successful beer dinner at home and help beer reclaim its place at the dinner table. more»

Cramming for American Craft Beer Week

With so much going on during American Craft Beer Week, Julia Herz comes to the rescue with a quick-hit cheat sheet to help you celebrate the week along with the hundreds of craft breweries and tens of thousands of craft beer lovers. more»

Craft Brewers Double Down

Thriving craft breweries are successfully splitting their love into two, in what Julia Herz likes to call a double down, opening additional locations that are just as amazing, real and authentic as home. more»

The Best Beard of Craft Beer

From 73 original craft brewer contenders down to 20 finalists, you've now chosen the Best Beard of Craft Beer. Folks this was no small contest, more than 7,000 fans voted from 25 states and 48 countries! more»

Decoding Flavor: Four Keys to Tasting

Julia Herz is on a flavor-finding journey and here to tell you that flavor is a fusion. We're taking a look at the four main taste reactions that collectively work in concert when we drink craft beer: smell, taste, sensation and experience. more»