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Sorry late to the party here.

For the PET bottles, the biggest concern is making sure they fit the dimensions stated in the Rules & Regulations. We're talking about 1500-1700 bottles/judge center in the First Round that all need to be categorized and stored away neatly and efficiently (hence the dimension requirements).

As long as your PET bottles fit the required dimensions, your entries will be okay.

Participate in the Largest Beer Competition in the World!

You're invited to enter the 2018 National Homebrew Competition, which is held across 12 first round judging centers in the United States. First round winners advance to the final round at AHA Homebrew Con in Portland, OR. Final round winners will be announced at the award ceremony on June 30.

The Competition Application Period is now open and closes on January 30, 2018 at midnight, MST.

Apply now using your email address (the one associated with your AHA membership) and your AHA member number.

Make sure to review and read the Rules & Regulations for entering the National Homebrew Competition.

  • Application Window is open to AHA members only. Join or renew today!
  • All applicants will be notified by February 15with an alert indicating whether or not their entries have been accepted into the competition. Entrants will then have 72 hours from the date of notification to pay for their entries.
  • Applicants may edit their application up through January 30.
  • To maximize your chances, select as many centers as possible when applying.
We hope you will join us in 2018 to celebrate the homebrewing community!

John Moorhead, Director
National Homebrew Competition

Homebrew Competitions / 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:58:50 AM »
The AHA posted updates to the National Homebrew Competition for 2018 on and we want to make sure all AHA Forum users see the information.

Competition Updates
You can find all the current 2018 information, including important deadlines, on the NHC main page. Please make sure to read the updated Rules and Regulations, which also contain the National Homebrew Competition styles that are reorganized from the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines. For more specifics on styles, please reference the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for beer, mead, or cider. The Online Competition Application opens January 23, 2018 and runs through January 30, 2018. Mark your calendars!

Keep an eye on the NHC main page for more specific dates and other information to be announced.

Update Your Club Info

If you'd like your club to compete for the NHC Homebrew Club Award and the Gambrinus Award, check to see if your club is in our club database and that the information is correct. If not, make sure to register or update your club's information by midnight, December 31, 2017. Club registration with the AHA is free.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC competition
« on: January 24, 2017, 07:02:42 PM »
Reinterating what Dennis and a few other have eluded to, we have reorganized the categories this year to better reflect the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.
Here's an easy, quick link to that category reorganization. You'll find the BJCP category/subcategory that goes under each major style category. Please reference the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for any style related questions.

good luck!

John Moorhead, NHC Director.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Mead Bottles for NHC
« on: December 12, 2016, 04:45:13 PM »
Good question:
We put those bottle requirements in place to make sure judges have an adequate amount to properly judge an entry, and so we can categorize, box and palletize all the entries in standard case boxes.
To the question of bottle size - though we wouldn't necessarily disqualify your entries if you used a 6 oz/187 ml bottle, you'd be at a serious disadvantage because of the limited amount of mead per judge, especially if there are more than 2 judges reviewing your mead.
I'd highly suggest using a 10 oz bottle for your own benefit, as well as the judges' benefit.
If you have any further questions, feel free to send me an email,

The 2017 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) will be here before we all know it!
Below is important information on the competition. We're still finalizing details about the competition and will continue to release more specifics as they become available.
  • The 2017 First Round Sites are posted on our NHC pages.
  • We will be adding two new categories this year: American Wild Ales and breaking out Double IPA and Specialty IPA into their own categories. There are now 33 categories in the competition. These will be released with the Rules & Regulations in December.
  • We will launch a new and improved micro-site for the competition in December.
  • Club updates and new club registration for the NHC is open through December 1, 2016. Please make sure to update/register your club.
  • Registration for the NHC opens January 30, 2017 and runs through February 5, 2017.
We have not released the full Rules & Regulations as they are still being finalized. Expect to see those released in December.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

John Moorhead, NHC Director

Going Pro / Top 10 Legal Mistakes Made by Start-up Breweries
« on: November 16, 2015, 06:21:08 PM »
Hey everyone, if you've ever given a moment of thought to going pro, here's a quick summary of Candice Moon's seminar back at the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference. She covers some of the concepts you should think about and review while trying to make your dream a reality.

The full seminar is available for download at the bottom of the page.

Beer Travel / Homebrew Town
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:20:38 PM » is starting a new series that explores what makes a place a great homebrew and beer destination. This can be anywhere in the world, not just the U.S. This thread is for you to throw out your ideas on what we might have missed, your ideas on why your town is an awesome homebrew town, and anything else you'd like to share.

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