Some years back, the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), awarded a National Beer Judge certificate to Paul A.
Dyster's judgeship occurred during the tenure of the BJCP's longest-serving president, the great Judge William R.
For the record, the BJCP was started in 1985 when the American Homebrewers' Association (AHA) and the Home Wine and Beer Trade Association appointed a board to get judges for brew events that would help members sell more home brewing supplies.
"Bill" Slack stepped forward and become the BJCP president in 1998.
He collected fees, allowing the BJCP mail, even bank statements, to come right to his apartment.
Judge Bill Slack, after heading the BJCP for six years, making it known throughout the home brewing world, "owing to the pressure of his many other commitments," stepped down in 2004.
But for Judge Slack, trouble emerged when the new treasurer, Al Boyce, asked him for the money in the BJCP bank account.
Dyster received his certificate, along with a lapel pin, and badge, from the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), the leading (and perhaps the only) organization in the US for certifying beer judges.
The organization was once sponsored and managed by the American Homebrewers Association, a member-based organization that educates, and promotes "one of the coolest hobbies in the world-home-brewing," but the BJCP went independent.
Then, when the BJCP was under the leadership of Judge William Slack, Dyster rose to the rank of National Beer Judge in 2002.
Certified beer judges, including Dyster, have judged over 868,936 beers and the BJCP has sanctioned over 5,559 competitions.