National Homebrew Competition Club Award Changes

Based on input from the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Governing Committee’s Competition Subcommittee, the method for awarding the National Homebrew Competition (NHC) Homebrew Club Award is changing. Starting with the 2016 competition, only the points from medals earned in the Final Round will be tallied to determine the winning club.

NHC Homebrew Club Award will be awarded to the club that accumulates the most total points in all categories of beer, mead and cider in the Final Round. In the Final Round, six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. The NHC Homebrew Club Award will only be awarded to one winning club. In the event of a tie for the most points in the Final Round, the following tie-breaker criteria will apply.

  1. The number of medals earned in the Final round will be tallied, and the club with the most medals will be declared the winning club. If a tie still exists,
  2. Points will be calculated for the tying clubs’ entries that placed in the First Round of the NHC based on the same scale as used in the Final Round. In the First Round, a club may only receive points for a maximum of three awards per category, the highest three awards shall be counted, not to exceed a 12-point maximum. The club with the most points in the First Round will be declared the winner.
  3. For your club to receive points in the National Homebrew Competition, the club must be registered with the AHA before December 1, 2015 and you must have included the club name when you registered your entries online. Please check the AHA Homebrew Club Directory to be sure your club’s AHA registration is up to date. NOTE: New clubs registered after December 1, 2015 may not appear in the drop-down club list of the online registration program. If this is the case, select “Other” from the drop menu.
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