NHC 2021 Waitlist & Important Reminders

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Hi, everyone!

Entry Registration and Payment for the 2021 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) is closed and a waitlist has started. If you’d like to join the waitlist for the competition, please fill out the NHC Entrant Waitlist form.

Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee entry to the competition by filling this out, and will work in entrants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Category availability will be limited and we cannot guarantee all requested categories based on current entry counts.

It is important to have an understanding of the competition before applying. Please take time to review the Rules & Regulations, Important Dates & Deadlines, and What’s New: 2021 NHC.

Join the Competition Waitlist

Important Reminders After Registering:

  • The NHC is open exclusively to American Homebrewers Association members.
  • We will release additional shipping information later in March – stay tuned.
  • Did you double-check your brewery info?
  • Keep a record of your newly assigned 2021 NHC Registration ID? (You’ll need this for everything – commit this to memory).
  • Once you complete your beer registration, you’ll see a confirmation of your entries. Review all of the information carefully. Should you need to change anything, simply log back in with your NHC Registration ID (found on your confirmation page).
  • Ship competition entries. These must arrive at the following address between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 9, 2021. Deliveries are available during Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST. Please follow all instructions in the Rules & Regulations.
  • All applications may be changed/updated up to the Shipping Window.
  • Confirm your email subscription. All communication is via email including acceptance to the competition. If you are unsure, re-subscribe at the bottom of this page.
  • A full refund is given anytime prior to the registration and payment period closing (March 3). No refunds are issued after March 17 and all entry refunds are reviewed on a case-by-case scenario and only given if the circumstances are extreme, detrimental, or insurmountable.
  • All regulatory and financial burdens associated with submitting and sending samples to the competition are the sole responsibility of the entering AHA member. In the event the competition is canceled, the AHA will only refund entry fees and is incapable of reimbursing competition shipping fees.

About the New Process

In 2021, there will be no first and final round format. The competition will be a one-site location only and all entries will be judged from the AHA’s refrigerated warehouse in Colorado. We’ll judge upwards of 5,000 entries in parallel across 40 categories using Great American Beer Festival professional judges and BJCP judges ranked National or above.

The way judging will work is each category will be spread out across multiple judge panels. Each judge panel will evaluate a flight of entries within a set category and choose 2-3 entries to advance to subsequent rounds until a final round is reached where first, second, and third place are decided by a panel of four judges. The judges only see entries in sample cups, and never see bottles. The entries are prepared in a staging room by highly trained volunteers to ensure quality control.

We believe this new structure and format will improve the competition for the entrant and the judges by a) evaluating all entries in parallel rather than over a six week period, b) establish consistent judging in one location rather than over 13 locations, and c) improve the prestige of the competition by truly competing amongst all entrants at one time.


John Moorhead

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American Homebrewers Association competition manager John Moorhead is director of the National Homebrew Competition, coordinates the Great American Beer Festival® Pro-Am Competition and the Capitol Hill Staff Homebrew Competition, assists with homebrew legislative efforts, and writes for HomebrewersAssociation.org.