10 Award-Winning Recipes for National Homebrew Day

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May 7, 2019

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The date falls nearly a decade after the American Homebrewers Association held the very first National Homebrew Competition in Boulder, Colorado, on May 6, 1979.

To celebrate National Homebrew Day and 40 years of the National Homebrew Competition—the biggest beer competition in the world—we’ve compiled 10 homebrew recipes that took gold in past National Homebrew Competitions.

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1. Chickity Czech Yourself

Bohemian pils homebrew recipe

Czech/Bohemian Pilsner

  • Brewer: Rigoberto Padua (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Club: St. Pete Home Brew Club
  • Category: Pilsner, 201 entries
  • Year: 2017 (Minneapolis)

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2. OB Mead


Traditional Mead

  • Makers: Susan & Bob Ruud (Harwdood, ND)
  • Category: Traditional Mead, 78 entries
  • Year: 2013 (Philadelphia)

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3. Hop-Fu! IPA

thyme ipa recipe

India Pale Ale

  • Brewer: Kelsey McNair (San Diego, CA)
  • Club: Quality Ale & Fermentation Fraternity
  • Category: India Pale Ale, 852 entries
  • Year: 2014 (Grand Rapids)

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4. Phil’s Award-winning Lager

lager homebrew recipe

American Lager

  • Brewer: Philip Blosser (Oregon, OH)
  • Club: Glass City Mashers
  • Category: Light Lager, 89 entries
  • Year: 2017 (Minneapolis)

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5. It’s All Mine So Keep Back

Cherry Berliner weisse

  • Brewer: John Watson (Southbury, CT)
  • Club: Underground Brewers Club of Connecticut
  • Category: Fruit Beer, 114 entries
  • Year: 2008 (Cincinnati)

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6. Pat’s RIP’n Kölsch

kolsch recipe


  • Brewer: Cassidy Shibiya (Harrison, OH)
  • Category: Light Hybrid Beer, 379 entries
  • Year: 2014 (Grand Rapids)

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7. Saint Martin Doppel

Dopplebock Recipe


  • Brewer: Jeff Lampman (Morro Bay, CA)
  • Club: San Luis Obispo Brewers
  • Category: Bock, 170 entries
  • Year: 2015 (San Diego)

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8. Black Friday Stout

american stout recipe

Barrel-Aged Stout

  • Brewer: Julia Taylor (Stafford, VA)
  • Club: Fredricksburg Brewing Insiders
  • Category: Smoke-Flavored & Wood-Aged, 335 entries
  • Year: 2012 (Seattle)

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9. Dr. Mantis Toboggan

Russian River Blind Pig recipe

Winter Seasonal

  • Brewer: Mark Boelman (Loveland, CO)
  • Club: Weiz Guys
  • Category: Spiced Beer, 398 entries
  • Year: 2018 (Portland)

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10. Westside Sweet Heat Cider

hard cider recipe

Jalapeno Cider

  • Brewer: Jeff Carlson (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Category: Specialty Cider & Perry, 128 entries
  • Year: 2016 (Baltimore)

View this cider recipe >