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
  • **See below for exact dates

How the Competition Works

2015 entrants can access the National Homebrew Competition website here.


First Round Competition Dates

Do you have entries in one of the First Round competitions? Head to the FAQ page and select the “When will results be posted?” question to stay up to date on the status of completion.

Judge Center Judging Dates
Austin, TX March 13-15, 2015
Chicago, IL April 10-11, 2015
Denver, CO April 10-11, 2015
Nashville, TN March 20-22, 2015
New York City, NY March 28, 2015
Philadelphia, PA April 10-11, 2015
Sacramento, CA March 27-29, 2015
St. Louis, MO March 27-29, 2015
Saint Paul, MN April 10-11, 2015
San Diego, CA April 10-11, 2015
Seattle, WA March 27-29, 2015
Zanesville, OH April 10-11, 2015

Judge & Volunteer

National Homebrew Competition

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!

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

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.

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