Each year between February and March the Brewers Association updates the Beer Style Guidelines. Changes are not tracked from year to year.
Organizations or individuals that use the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines must be aware that they are updated yearly with significant changes including editing, deletion and/or addition of beer styles.
Therefore, Brewers Association recommends annual updates to products based on the guidelines.
Use of Guidelines
Organizations or individuals that wish to use the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines as a resource or as the basis for products may do so as follows:
When Guidelines Content is Provided Free
Individuals may use by inserting the following verbiage in all print, web, app or other instances that reference the beer style guidelines, with the correct year inserted for 20xx:
- Unchanged: “20xx Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association”
- With any changes: “Based on Brewers Association 20xx Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.”
When Guidelines Content is Provided for a Cost
Permission to use the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines is usually not granted when the end use is for a cost (that is, not provided free). Those wishing to use the Guidelines for a cost must contact the Brewers Association via email to arrange for explicit permission to use the guidelines in all print, web, app or other instances that are delivered for a fee or cost.
Additional information can be found at Brewers Association Beer Styles Guidelines page.