Dates & Deadlines

Dates & Deadlines

Please reference these important Dates & Deadlines as the competition progresses. If you still have questions, check out our FAQ Page for more information.

January 1 – January 29

Update AHA Account

Members must make sure their contact information and address is up to date on their member record prior to registering, and they are actively subscribed to AHA emails. Subscribe to NHC emails at the bottom of this page.


Application Window

AHA Members are emailed a username (email address) and password to apply to competition, request the amount of beers they’d like to enter and choose their judging locations. The confirmation email they receive does not mean you are in the competition. Please review the confirmation email to ensure all information is accurate.


Placement Process

Entrants are placed in First Round site location and number of entries accepted. Entrants will be notified between February 8 and February 15 of placement in competition and required to pay for their entries upon notification.


Acceptance & Payment Period

Entrants are notified of acceptance to competition and should log into their brewing profile on Entrants have 72 hours to pay for their entries from the time they receive a confirmation email. Failing to do so will result in disqualification.


All Volunteer Sign-up Opens

Sign up to volunteer as a judge or steward in any of the First Round competitions AND the Final Round competition.


Entry Edits

Log in to the competition website to update/edit your entries.


First Round Shipping Window

Competition beers due to your respected First Round site Shipping/Drop-off location.


First Round Judging

First Round judging for all 12 competition sites. Check the Status Table for more information.


First Round Results Posted

All First Round results will be posted by this date. Results will be posted as competitions conclude.


First Round Letters, Instructions and Certificates

All entrants can access their First Round Post-Competition packet in their brewing profile, which includes information for those advancing to the Final Round.


First Round Ribbon Mailing

All First Round ribbons mailed to winning entrants by this date.


First Round Scoresheets Mailing

Entry scoresheets from First Round mailed to entrants by this date.


Final Round Competition Entry Edits

Final Round entrants must go into their brewer’s profile and provide their recipe(s). Entrants cannot edit entries (i.e. category, special ingredients, etc.).


Final Round Shipping Window

Competition beers due to Final Round site Shipping/Drop-off location.

June 28

Final Round Judging

Final Round judging at Homebrew Con.

June 30

Awards Ceremony

NHC Awards Ceremony at Homebrew Con. The complete Final Round winners list will be posted after the Awards Ceremony concludes.


Final Round Scoresheets, Letters and Prizes

All Final Round entrants’ scoresheets, letters and prizes mailed out.