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Offline jherzjherz

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Update on 1/31 to relay extended entry deadline. Cheers.


Hello AHA Forum-ers,

Get ready to go for the gold. The 2023 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) registration is open January 24 to February 12.

-Register HERE
-Any account login questions, don't hesitate to email or call us at 303-447-0816.

What's New in 2023
Glad you asked. We are so excited to have brought back the first round judging to 9 regions in the U.S. who pre-judge all entries. First Round entries are judged using Beer Judge Certification Program score sheets and receive scores based on the BJCP judging system. Second/Final Round entries are evaluated using the same method from 2022 providing judge comments (no score) using a similar approach to the Great American Beer Festival judging process. In addition, 2023 asks for fewer bottles (2 bottles for the first Round and 3 if you qualify for the second/final Round).

Entry Timeline
-January 24 to February 12, 2023: Entry Registration & Payment
-February 10, 2023: Deadline for Category/Entry Changes
-March 6 to March 17, 2023: First Round Shipping/Drop-off Window (Dates may vary slightly by location)
-March 24 to April 23, 2023: First-Round Judging
-June 5 to June 14, 2023: Final Round Shipping/Drop-off Window
-June 21, 2023: Final Round Judging
-June 24, 2023: Award Ceremony during Homebrew Con in San Diego, CA

Why Enter?
Since 1979, 162,710 entries have been evaluated, and 2023 marks the 45th year. This national competition is THE one to ensure homebrewers are represented from each country, state, club, and walk of life. Entry feedback, competing against the best homebrewers in the world and having your homebrew a part of the world's most significant homebrew competition weighs into homebrew trends and beer style evolution. <My favorite each year is seeing how many entries were in each category. Last year Pilsner was THE TOP entered category and second was Strong Belgian Ale with American IPA not until 3rd top. Go homebrewers.> Plus, winners genuinely can say their entry represents the top beer/mead/cider, for their respective style, on the planet.

Who Judges the NHC
The answer to this question is...the most robust and experienced judge pool of any homebrew competition in the world, with the majority of judges being higher-ranked BJCP judges.

Who Runs the NHC
The American Homebrewers Association, in partnership with the BJCP, along with staff from the Brewers Association and hundreds of dedicated competition volunteer leaders and judges.

About NHC
Today NHC has become the largest homebrew competition in the world. The goal is simple: to celebrate the spirit of homebrewers. The competition gives homebrewers a chance to receive invaluable feedback on their entries and recognizes the most outstanding, world-class homebrewed beer, mead, and cider. Final round winners are revealed at Homebrew Con (June 22-24 in San Diego, California).

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Offline Amy Martin

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Re: 1/24 to 2/12 Entry Window For National Homebrew Competition - It's ON!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2023, 01:30:49 pm »
I'm so EXCITED!!!
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