Save the Date: 2018 National Homebrew Competition

It’s time to start thinking about the 2018 National Homebrew Competition (NHC)!

You can find all the current 2018 information, including important deadlines, on the NHC main page. Please make sure to read the updated Rules & Regulations, which also contain the National Homebrew Competition styles that are reorganized from the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines. For more specifics on styles, please reference the BJCP Style Guidelines for beer, mead, or cider. The Online Competition Application opens January 23, 2018 and runs through January 30, 2018. Mark your calendars!

Keep an eye on the NHC main page for more specific dates and other information to be announced before the end of the year.

2018 Important Dates & Deadlines

Competition Process Date Notes
For more specific information, dates, and deadlines, please reference the competition’s webpages and the competition’s rules & regulations.
Update AHA Account By January 22 Members must make sure their membership, contact information and address is up to date on their member record prior to registering, and they are actively subscribed to AHA emails.
Competition Application Period January 23 to January 30 Application period for AHA members to apply to the competition. Opens on Jan. 23 at 10:00a MT. This is not a guarantee of entry and a random selection process is conducted after the application period closes.
Payment Period February 5 to February 14 (based on 72 hour increments) Time period entrants are notified of acceptance in the competition and required to pay for entries. Entrants have 72 hours to pay for entries after notification.
First Round Shipping Window March 18 to March 30 Shipping window for all first round entries to arrive to first round shipping locations.
First Round Judging April 6 to April 22 Time period the first round judging takes place in all 12 sites.

Access Past National Homebrew Competition Recipes

Did you know American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members get access to the gold medal recipes from past National Homebrew Competitions? hosts all gold medal-winning NHC recipes through 2005, and members have access to older competition recipes through their exclusive access to the Zymurgy digital archive. These beer, mead, and cider homebrew recipes are among the best in the world!

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