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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Alternative Fermentables Beer Alternative Grain Beer


BJCP 2015 31A Alternative Grain Beer example
31A - Alternative Grain Beer


Same as base beer style. The added grain will lend a particular character, although with some grains the beer will simply seem a bit more grainy or nutty. The alternative grain should provide the major aroma profile for this beer.


Same as base beer style, although some additional haze may be noticeable.


Same as base beer style. The additional grain should be noticeable in flavor, although it may not be necessarily identifiable. However, the alternative grain should provide the major flavor profile for this beer. Different grains have different characters; the additional grain should enhance the flavor of the base beer. Many will add an additional grainy, bready, or nutty flavor.

Mouth Feel

Same as the base beer, although many additional grains will tend to increase the body (oats, rye) and increase the viscosity, while some may decrease the body (GF grains) resulting in thinness.

Overall Impression

A base beer enhanced by or featuring the character of additional grain or grains. The specific character depends greatly on the character of the added grains.


If the alternative grain does not provide a noticeable distinguishable character to the beer, enter it as the base style. This style should not be used for styles where the alternative grain is fundamental to the style definition (e.g., Rye IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Rice- or Corn-based International Lager). Note that sake is not beer, and is not intended for this category.

Commercial Examples

Green's Indian Pale Ale, Lakefront New Grist, New Planet Pale Ale


An Alternative Fermentables Beer is a standard beer (Classic Style or not) with additional or non-standard brewing grains (e.g., rye, oats, buckwheat, spelt, millet, sorghum, rice, etc.) added or used exclusively. Gluten-free (GF) beers made from complete

BJCP 2015 31A - Alternative Grain Beer Commercial Example