National Homebrew Competition

National Homebrew Competition

2019 Important Dates

Competition Application Open Enrollment January 22 (10 am MST) – January 29 (3 pm MST), 2019
Beer Registration & Payment By February 15, 2019
First Round Shipping Window March 1 – March 14, 2019
First Round Judging March 22 – April 14, 2019

Open Enrollment Application

2019 First Round Competition Status

After a First Round judging center has evaluated all homebrew entries in their competition, the results must be verified prior to posting on Results from individual judging centers will be posted as results are verified. Verification can take 14 days after judging has completed.

The 2018 competition had 8,405 entries judged, with 1,203 entries advancing to the Final Round and judged 1,144 entries in the Final Round.

First Round Shipping/Drop-off information is found in the Rules & Regulations.

Boston, MA
March 29-31, 2019
Cleveland, OH
March 29-31, 2019
Denver, CO
April 5-7, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
April 12-14, 2019
Kansas City, MO
April 12-14, 2019
Minneapolis, MN
March 22-24, 2019
Milwaukee, WI
New York City, NY
March 22-24, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
April 5-7, 2019
San Diego, CA
April 5-7, 2019
San Francisco, CA
March 22-24, 2019
Seattle, WA
March 29-31, 2019
Tampa, FL
April 5-7, 2019

NHC Updates

News from the Competition Director

Director John Moorhead

National Homebrew Competition 2019: What’s New

Hi, everyone!

Each year after the Final Round concludes,  AHA Competition Subcommittee discusses changes and improvements to the National Homebrew Competition. The highlights for 2019 are:

  • Adding a 13th First Round Judge Center in the New England area,
  • Separating the Wood-Aged & Smoked-Flavored beers into their own NHC categories, for a total of …More
  • 2019 National Homebrew Competition Tables List

    The National Homebrew Competition (NHC) tables are determined by the AHA Competition Subcommittee using the Beer Judge Certification Program’s 2015 Style Guidelines and previous years’ data. The following is a list of BJCP subcategories reorganized from the BJCP’s 2015 Guidelines into the official NHC Tables. NHC Tables are listed in bold, …More

    Congratulations to the National Homebrew Competition Winners

    Another year, another great National Homebrew Competition (NHC)!

    On June 30th during Homebrew Con 2018 in Portland, Ore., NHC entrants and conference attendees gathered for this year’s Award Ceremony. Homebrewers were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in 28 beer, 3 mead, and 2 cider categories.

    View the full list of winners …More