41 breweries have registered in the programme which will present awards in business performance and brewing with 165 beers, all brewed in Scotland now registered in the competition.
Protz, who has edited the Good Beer Guide for CAMRA for over 20 years, commented: “The new Scottish beer scene is dynamic and exciting. The days when two giant breweries dominated the country are long gone.
"Now there are dozens of new craft breweries offering and diversity to beer lovers. Oak-aged beers have been a brilliant innovation and I’m delighted to see the return of such Scottish classics as 80 Shilling Ale as well as a twist on Golden Ale and IPA.”
Protz will join 19 other judges in an all-day judging session which takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange at the end of this month. The finalists will be announced in the middle of June with winners revealed at an annual celebratory dinner taking place at the same venue.
The inaugural Scottish Beer Awards dinner and celebration takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Thursday 29 September at 6pm.
• The Scottish Beer Awards is being supported by Craft Beer Clan of Scotland, FlavorActive, Ross& Brown, Wolffe Design and The Scotsman. The competition is free to enter and all breweries can receive assistance with the entry process by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0131 337 6232.