Competition Information

The National Homebrew Competition, 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.

Are you in the 2014 National Homebrew Competition? Access the competition website.

Are you interested in judging or stewarding in the National Homebrew Competition? See the “Judge & Volunteer” section below.

National Homebrew Competition

How the Competition Works

National Homebrew CompetitionThe First Round of the National Homebrew Competition (NHC) takes place at 12 judging locations across the U.S. in March and April. Registration for the First Round is in late January, followed by an entry window (specific dates will be posted in late January).

All entries submitted in the First Round are judged during the months of March and April using BJCP score sheets and the 2008 version of the BJCP Beer Style Guidelines. All entrants will receive score sheets for their entries following the completion of the First Round competitions.

Results from individual judging centers will be posted as results are verified. Anticipate results being posted the week following the first round competition date, though it may take a few days longer pending verification. 

First, second and third place entries that score 30 or above from each of the First Round judging centers receive ribbons from the AHA and qualify for entry into the National Homebrew Competition Final Round. Final Round qualifying entrants will be contacted with information on submitting entries.

The Final Round judging takes place in June on the Thursday during the National Homebrewers Conference. The brewers of the winning entries in the Final Round are awarded medals and prizes at the Grand Banquet & Award Ceremony, held on the Saturday evening of the conference.

New for 2014

Due to the phenomenal response to the competition which sold out in record time in 2013, there are several significant changes for the 2014 competition. Please see the Rules and Regulations for information on all the changes.

Click through for more details on the 2014 National Homebrew Competition open registration and the entrant selection process.

Please also review the National Homebrew Competition FAQ.

Important Dates for the 2014 Competition

Registration Period: January 27 – February 2, 2014
First Round Shipping March 10 – 17, 2014
First Round March – April 2014
Final Round Judging June 12, 2014*
Final Round Winners Announced June 14, 2014*

*During the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference

Rules and Regulations

Please read through the entire official NHC Rules and Regulations if planning to enter the competition. Please note the Rules and Regulations have been updated for the 2014 competition.

Entry Shipping/Drop-Off

Brush up on the safest ways to ship entries and familiarize yourself with the current Rules and Regulations.

For tips on how to pack and ship your entries, download “How to Pack Your Beer” by Russ Wigglesworth.

Judging Center

Shipping/Drop Off Addresses

Contact

Seattle, WA
  • NHC 2014 – Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
  • 1201 First Avenue South
  • Seattle, WA 98134
Jeremy Allison
Sacramento, CA
  • NHC 2014 – Brew Ferment Distill
  • 3216 Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Sacramento, CA 95817
Mike Brennan
San Diego, CA
  • NHC 2014 – Ballast Point Home Brew Mart
  • Attn: George Cataulin
  • 5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
  • San Diego, CA 92110
Jenny DuRose
Denver, CO
  • NHC 2014 – Arvada Beer Company
  • 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
  • Arvada, CO 80002
Don Blake
Austin, TX
  • NHC 2014 – Austin Homebrew Supply
  • 9129 Metric Blvd
  • Austin, TX 78758
Neil Spake
Kansas City, MO
  • NHC 2014 – Apex Brew Wares
  • 4380 S Noland Rd
  • Independence, MO 64055
Steve Cook
Saint Paul, MN
  • NHC 2014 – Northern Brewer Warehouse
  • 1945 County Rd, C2 West
  • Roseville, MN 55113
Steve Fletty
  • (Drop-Off Only)
  • NHC 2014 – Northern Brewer
  • 6021 Lyndale Ave S
  • Minneapolis, MN 55419
  • (Drop-Off Only)
  • NHC 2014 – Northern Brewer
  • 1150 Grand Avenue
  • Saint Paul, MN 55105
Chicago, IL
  • NHC 2014 – Hopvine Brewing Company
  • Attn: Ken McMullen
  • 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive
  • Aurora, IL 60504
Mike Uchima
Nashville, TN
  • NHC 2014 – Rebel Brewer
  • 105 Space Park North
  • Goodlettsville, TN 37072
John Malone
Zanesville, OH
  • NHC 2014 – Weasel Boy Brewing Company, LLC
  • 126 Muskingum Avenue, Suite E
  • Zanesville, OH 43701
Frank Barickman
  • (Drop-Off ONLY)
  • NHC 2014 – Weasel Boy Brewing Company, LLC
  • Please call to arrange entry drop-off: (740) 455-3767
  • 126 Muskingum Avenue, Suite E
  • Zanesville, OH 43701
Philadelphia, PA
  • NHC 2014 – Keystone Homebrew Supply
  • 435 Doylestown Rd
  • Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Josh Weikert
New York City, NY
  • NHC 2014 – Singlecut Beersmiths
  • 19-33 37th Street
  • Astoria, NY 11105
Ken Hettinger

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!

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.


Week 1: March 28 – 30, 2014

Judge and volunteer information is typically sent out one week prior to the competition dates.

Austin, TX Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • March 28 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • March 29 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • March 29 @ 1:00 p.m.

Kansas City, MO Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • March 28 @ 3:45 p.m.
  • March 28 @ 7:15 p.m.
  • March 29 @ 9:15 a.m.
  • March 29 @ 12:45 p.m.
  • March 29 @ 4:00 p.m.

Nashville, TN Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • March 28 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • March 29 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • March 29 @ 1:00 p.m.

New York City, NY Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • March 28 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • March 29 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • March 29 @ 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: April 4 – 6, 2014

Judge and volunteer information is typically sent out one week prior to the competition dates.

Seattle, WA Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 4 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • April 5 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • April 5 @ 1:00 p.m.

Sacramento, CA Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 4 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • April 5 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • April 6 @ 9:00 a.m.

San Diego, CA Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 4 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • April 5 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • April 5 @ 12:00 p.m.

Zanesville, OH Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 4 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • April 5 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • April 5 @ 1:00 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 4 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • April 5 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • April 5 @ 1:00 p.m.

Week 3: April 11 – 13, 2014

Judge and volunteer information is typically sent out one week prior to the competition dates.

Denver, CO Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 11 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • April 12 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • April 12 @ 1:00 p.m.

Saint Paul, MN Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 11 @ 3:00 p.m.
  • April 12 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • April 12 @ 1:00 p.m.

Chicago, IL Judge Center

Judging Dates

  • April 11 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • April 12 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • April 12 @ 1:00 p.m.

Final Round: June 12, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI Final Round

Quick Facts

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

 

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