How the National Homebrew Competition Works
The National Homebrew Competition is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition. The entry shipping window in 2014 will be March 10 through March 17, 2014. All submitted entries will be judged between March 21 and April 13, 2014 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 each First Round competition.
The competitions take place during the months of March and April, and NHC Winners will be posted online between April 25 and May 2, 2014. First, second, and third place winning entries that score 30 or above from each of the NHC First Round Judging Centers receive ribbons from the AHA and qualify for entry into the NHC Final Round competition.
The Final Round judging takes place in June on Thursday during the National Homebrewers Conference. The brewers of the winning entries in the NHC Final Round are awarded medals and prizes at the Grand Banquet & Award Ceremony, held on the Saturday evening of the conference. Please see the NHC Rules & Regulations for details about the competition.
Rules & Regulation Changes for 2014
Due to the phenomenal response to the competition which sold out in record time in 2013, there will be several significant changes for the 2014 competition. Please check back for further details.
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