Homebrew Con culminated on June 11 with the AHA National Homebrew Competition, which saw 7,962 entries from 3,396 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 13 other countries. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colorado, judged 34 beers.
This year’s winners included Saint Paul Homebrewers Club–member Steve Fletty of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, who took home the Meadmaker of the Year Award. Other winners included Nick Corona of San Marcos, California, who earned the Homebrewer of the Year Award with his Weissbier, and Jeff Carlson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who won the Cidermaker of the Year Award. QUAFF (Quality Ales and Fermentation Fraternity) of Carlsbad, California, won the NHC Homebrew Club award, and Derrick Flippin of Rural Hall, N.C., won the Ninkasi Award as the competition’s winningest brewer.
“This year’s Homebrew Con was a great success, and we look forward to hosting many more,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “As the hobby of homebrewing continues to grow and reach new heights, each year Homebrew Con and the National Homebrew Competition—which is the pinnacle event for homebrewers from around the world to showcase their prized brews—bring the community together so we can all keep learning from and inspiring each other.”
Next year, Homebrew Con will come to Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 15 through the 17.
See the full list of the 2016 winners at the AHA website.