National Homebrew Competition Winners

Access the list of the current and past National Homebrew Competition winners! For more information on 2016 competition styles, download the official National Homebrew Competition Style Guidelines.

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 whose 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 points in the Final Round of the National Homebrew Competition. Brewers earn points toward the award by placing in the 26 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.

NHC Homebrew Club Award

The NHC Homebrew Club Award goes to the club that earns the most points in the Final Round of the National Homebrew Competition. Clubs earn points on a 6-4-2 basis for first, second and third place in the Final Rounds of the National Homebrew Competition. See Part IV – Section C(6) of the Rules and Regulations for NHC Homebrew Club Award tiebreaker details.

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 of all gold medal winners in all 26 beer categories.

Meadmaker of the Year

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

Cidermaker of the Year

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