National Homebrew Competition Winners

Access the list of the current and past National Homebrew Competition winners!

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Homebrew Club of the Year

Rank Club Location Score
1 The Brewing Network Concord, CA 170
2 QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity) Carlsbad, CA 162
4 Austin Zealots Austin, TX 84
5 Saint Paul Homebrewers Club Saint Paul, MN 78
6 Arizona Society of Homebrewers Tempe, AZ 70
7 New York City Homebrewers Guild New York, NY 60
8 Minnesota Home Brewers Association Edina, MN 56
9 WHALES (Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society) Woodbridge, NJ 48
10 Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers Coraopolis, PA 46
T11 Keystone Hops Montgomeryville, PA 38
T11 Society of Akron Area Zymurgists (SAAZ) [OH] Akron, OH 38
13 Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers Homebrew Club Warren, MI 34
14 Beer Barons of Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI 32
T15 Lincoln Lagers Lincoln, NE 30
T15 Morris Area Society of Homebrewers Morristown, NJ 30
T17 Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers Cleveland, OH 26
T17 Urban Knaves of Grain Batavia, IL 26
T19 Music City Brewers Nashville, TN 22
T19 Oregon Brew Crew Portland, OR 22
T19 Rock Hoppers Brew Club Castle Rock, CO 22
T20 Lehigh Valley Home Brewers Bethlehem, PA 20
T20 Ale Riders Homebrew Club Rapid City, SD 20
T22 San Luis Obispo Brewers (SLOB) San Luis Obispo, CA 18
T22 The Grain Trust San Jose, CA 18
T22 Underground Brewers of Connecticut West Redding, CT 18

Gambrinus Club of the Year

Club Location Points Per Entry
WHALES (Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society) Woodbridge, NJ 1.1429
Lincoln Lagers Lincoln, NE 0.4444
Kuhnhenn Guild of Brewers Homebrew Club Warren, MI 0.3571
Saint Paul Homebrewers Club Saint Paul, MN 0.3529
KROC (Keg Ran Out Club) Broomfield, CO 0.3333
San Luis Obispo Brewers (SLOB) San Luis Obispo, CA 0.3158
Austin Zealots Austin, TX 0.3077
Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers Coraopolis, PA 0.2857
Colonial Ale Smiths & Keggers (CASK) Williamsburg, VA 0.2857
Minnesota Home Brewers Association Edina, MN 0.2667
Beer Barons of Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI 0.2353
New York City Homebrewers Guild New York, NY 0.2083
Urban Knaves of Grain Batavia, IL 0.2069
Oregon Brew Crew Portland, OR 0.1379
Lehigh Valley Home Brewers Bethlehem, PA 0.1333
Ann Arbor Brewers Guild Saline, MI 0.1026
Morris Area Society of Homebrewers Morristown, NJ 0.1000
Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers Cleveland, OH 0.0870
Keystone Hops Montgomeryville, PA 0.0870
Arizona Society of Homebrewers Tempe, AZ 0.0775
Bloatarian Brewing League Cincinnati, OH 0.0690
Rock Hoppers Brew Club Castle Rock, CO 0.0690
Society of Akron Area Zymurgists (SAAZ) [OH] Akron, OH 0.0625
The Brewing Network Concord, CA 0.0391
QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity) Carlsbad, CA 0.0300

Award Rules

First Round Awards

Award Certificates

Gold Certificate Earned by entries scoring 38 to 50 points in the First Round.
Silver Certificate Earned by entries scoring 30 to 37 points in the First Round.
Bronze Certificate Earned by entries scoring 25 to 29 points in the First Round.

Ribbons

Brewers whose entries place first, second or third in the First Round with a score of 30 points or greater are awarded ribbons for their achievement, and the entry qualifies to advance to the Final Round of the National Homebrew Competition.

Final Round Awards

Medals

Brewers who’s entries place first, second or third in the Final Round receive gold, silver or bronze (respectively) National Homebrew Competition medals.

Ninkasi Award

Named for the Sumerian Goddess of Beer, this award is given to the brewer having the most wins in the Final Round of the National Homebrew Competition. Brewers earn points toward the award by placing in the 23 beer categories, three mead categories and two cider categories during the Final Round.

Gold medals earn six points, silver medals earn four points and bronze medals earn two points. At least two points must come from an entry in a beer category to qualify for this award. See Part IV – Section C(5) of the Rules and Regulations for Ninkasi tiebreaker details.

Homebrew Club of the Year

The Homebrew Club of the Year award goes to the club that earns the most points in both rounds of the National Homebrew Competition. Clubs earn points on a 6-4-2 basis or first, second and third place in both the First and Final Rounds of the National Homebrew Competition.

Gambrinus Club Award

Named for King Gambrinus, the (unofficial) Patron Saint of Beer, this award is given to the club having the most Final Round points per the number of entries from the club in the National Homebrew Competition. To be eligible, clubs must have a minimum of five club members entering the First Round, and a minimum of two club members advancing to and at least one entry placing in the Final Round of the competition. Six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. See Part IV – Section C(7) of the Rules and Regulations for tiebreaker details.

Homebrewer of the Year

Homebrewer of the Year is the Best of Show beer judged best out all gold medal winners in all 23 beer categories.

Meadmaker of the Year

Meadmaker of the Year is the Best of Show mead judged out all gold medal winners in all three mead categories.

Cidermaker of the Year

Cidermaker of the Year is the Best of Show cider judged out of the gold medal winners in the two cider categories.

AHA Club of the Year Award

Congratulations to The Brewing Network club for winning the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) 2013 Club of the Year award! The Brewing Network first won the award in 2011.

Clubs registered with the AHA earn points for placing first, second or third in each of the six Club-Only Competitions (COC); placing first, second or third in the First Round of the National Homebrew Competition; and placing first, second or third in the Final Round of the National Homebrew Competition. Note: Club-Only Competitions will no longer be used for sourcing points for this award beginning in 2014.