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.
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.
- 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:
- Download the updated 2016 National Homebrew Competition style guidelines
- New Homebrew Club Award Changes
- Entrants must be a current AHA Member.
- Registration & Entry
- Rules & Regulations
- Frequently Asked Questions
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!
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.
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.
|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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