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 2016 Competition

Application Window February 1 – February 7, 2016
First Round Shipping February 29 – March 9, 2016
First Round March 11 – April 17, 2016
First Round Scoresheets  May 6, 2016*
Final Round Letters, Instructions, and Certificates May 6, 2016
Final Round Judge/Steward Registration Opens May 9, 2016
Final Round Shipping and Drop Off Dates May 18 – May 27, 2016**
Final Round Judging June 9, 2016***
Final Round Winners Announced June 11, 2016***
Final Round Scoresheets & Medals July 15, 2016
  • *Received by May 6, 2016. Please contact Regional Site Organizers if not received by this date.
  • **Delivery hours are limited. Key Brewing will only accept walk-ins May 19, 24, & 26 from 3-6 p.m. and May 21 & 22 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please plan accordingly.
  • ***During the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference

2016 First Round Competition Statuses

After a First Round judging center has evaluated all entries in their competition, the results must be verified prior to posting on HomebrewersAssociation.org. Results from individual judging centers will be posted as results are verified.

Final Round results are announced during the National Homebrewers Conference and will be posted online shortly after the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Competition results can be found on the National Homebrew Competition winners page.

Status Key:

  • Open: competition has not completed
  • Verifying: scrutinizing data for accuracy
  • Posted: results are available on the winners page
First Round Judging Date Status
Austin, TX April 1-3, 2016 Posted
Chicago, IL April 8-10, 2016 Posted
Denver, CO April 8-10, 2016 Posted
Indianapolis, IN March 11-13, 2016 Posted
Nashville, TN April 1-3, 2016 Posted
New York City, NY March 18-20, 2016 Posted
Philadelphia, PA April 8-10, 2016 Posted
Sacramento, CA April 15-17, 2016 Posted
Saint Louis, MO March 18-20, 2016 Posted
Saint Paul, MN April 15-17, 2016 Posted
San Diego, CA April 8-10, 2016 Posted
Seattle, WA March 18-20, 2016 Posted

Last Updated: 4/20/2016

How the Competition Works

What’s New in 2016:

Overall:

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!

First Round: Judge and steward registration for the first round will be open beginning February 10, 2016.

Final Round: Judge and steward registration for the Final Round will be open beginning May 9, 2016.

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

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Total Number of Entries Judged 7,962 7,663 8,172 7,757 7,823 6,966 6,287 5,166
Entries Judged in Final Round 1,074 946 969 894 889 790 760 760
Number of Brewers Who Entered 3,396 3,170 3,181 2,187 1,733 1,650 1,599 1,599

 

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