Boulder, Colo. • June 19, 2021 — Micro Homebrew of Kenmore, Wash., was recognized with the 2021 Homebrew Shop of the Year Award at the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition. The 43rd annual awards ceremony celebrated the most outstanding homemade beer, mead, and cider, presenting more than 120 medals in 40 categories.
Micro Homebrew was selected from among 54 homebrew shop nominations and evaluated by the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee on the merits of community support, education, customer service and engagement, promotion of homebrewing, and responsible business practices.
This year’s finalists included Atlantic Brew Supply, Raleigh, N.C.; High Gravity Fermentations, Tulsa, Okla.; Keystone Homebrew Supply, Montgomeryville, Pa.; and Patriot Homebrew Supply, Elkhorn, Neb. Micro Homebrew is the fourth recipient of this award since it began in 2018.
“The last year has been a bit of struggle, but one thing that we could always count on was that our homebrew community would continue to support us. We are so lucky to be a part of such a supportive community and we couldn’t be more proud to have won the Homebrew Shop of the Year Award,” said Tony Ochsner, owner of Micro Homebrew and BJCP Certified judge.
“The American Homebrewers Association is pleased to recognize Micro Homebrew as the 2021 Homebrew Shop of the Year,” said John Moorhead, AHA Competition Manager. “Micro Homebrew has gone above and beyond to create a safe and welcoming environment, offer a wide selection of products, and exemplify what it means to be an asset to their community and promote the hobby of homebrewing.”
Over its 43-year history, 156,830 brews have been evaluated since the inaugural AHA National Homebrew Competition in 1979 in Boulder, Colo. This year’s competition saw more than 4,400 entries from 2,037 homebrewers located in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 13 countries.
A complete list of winners of the 2021 National Homebrew Competition can be found here.
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The 2021 AHA Homebrew Shop of the Year Award was sponsored by BSG HandCraft.
The 2021 AHA National Homebrew Competition was made possible in part by the generous support of its sponsors.
Opened in February 2014 by long time home brewer Tony Ochsner and his wife Kat, Micro Homebrew is a friendly, informative place for home brewers from beginner to expert.
Tony started brewing after receive a Mr. Beer kit as a Christmas present. Over the years he has improved his processes and brewed on all types of extract and all grain equipment. He has won a few medals in home brew competitions and has even had the opportunity to brew some of his recipes at commercial breweries. He is also a BJCP Certified judge, passing his exam in 2020!
Kat has over 30 years of retail and customer service experience. In addition to helping Tony fine tune his recipes, she has brewed a few batches of her own.