Competition Information

The National Homebrew Competition (NHC), an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, is the world’s largest international beer competition recognizing the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead, and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide.

National Homebrew Competition

Important Dates for the 2015 Competition

Application Window: February 2-8, 2015
First Round Shipping March 2-11, 2015
First Round March 13 – April 12, 2015
Final Round Judging June 11, 2015*
Final Round Winners Announced June 13, 2015*

*During the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference

How the Competition Works

National Homebrew Competition


Judge & Volunteer

The National Homebrew Competition is the largest beer competition in the world, and it is made possible by the enormous effort of hundreds of volunteers. With 12 competitions this year, we will need even more volunteers to help! THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING!

First and Final Round judging will use the BJCP Beer Checklist Score Sheet, the BJCP Mead Score Sheet and the BJCP Cider Score Sheet.

If you are new to the competition circuit and are interested in volunteering, download the Steward Description to get an idea of what to expect.

For information on how to volunteer as a judge or steward during the Final Round, please visit the National Homebrew Competition FAQ page.

Quick Facts

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Total Number of Entries Judged 8,172 7,757 7,823 6,966 6,287 5,166 5,644
Entries Judged in Final Round 969 894 889 790 760 760 759
Number of Brewers Who Entered 3,181 2,187 1,733 1,650 1,599 1,599 1,308