About the Competition

About the Competition

About the Competition

In 1979, 34 entries competed in the first American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition held in Boulder, Colorado.

Today, the National Homebrew Competition (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 also recognizes the most outstanding, world-class homebrewed beer, mead and cider. Final round winners are revealed at Homebrew Con.

Over the years, we’ve seen homebrewers push the envelope and blur the lines between professional and amateur brewing. As homebrewers, you lead the way with style awareness and ingenuity, all while pushing homebrewing into uncharted territory.


Most Entered Styles

  • Spice Herb & Vegetable Beer
  • Smoked-Flavored & Wood-Aged Beer
  • American IPA
  • Strong Belgian & Trappist Ale


Competition Statistics

  • 8618Entries
  • 3530Homebrewers
  • 14Countries
  • 1,100Volunteers