What Are Homebrew Competition Circuits?
A homebrew competition is an individual event where you can enter your beer to be judged, scored, evaluated, and win prizes and recognition. A homebrew competition circuit is a group of individual events that are tracked by a circuit organizer or competition circuit. The circuit organizer will track the participating competitions and winning brewers; at the end of the circuit a brewer or brewers is declared the victor.
It is great to win a homebrew competition though to win a homebrew circuit takes dedication, perseverance, and attention to detail. The competition is stiff and you must maintain a high level of consistency and quality in order to do well over the long haul. There are numerous competition circuits and each one chooses how to award points. Some competitions may award points based on number of medals while others have complex calculations that take wins, entrants, and winning ratio into consideration.
Let’s look at a quick example: The HBC brewing circuit consists of 12 events and three points are awarded to 1st, two points are awarded to 2nd, and one point is awarded to 3rd place beers. Each beer that you enter into one of the competing events is tracked and the home brewer with the most points at the end of the year will be declared The HBC Brewer of the Year.
Homebrew Competition circuits are a blast to compete in and will truly test your brewing abilities. Listed below are some great home brewing circuits.
- Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
- Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing
- High Plains Award
- Lone Star Circuit
- BOTY – Brewer of the Year
- The Bayou State Circuit
- Florida Homebrew Circuit
- West Michigan Home Brew League
- MidSouth Series
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The Midwest Homebrewer of the Year competition selects the top homebrewer from the Midwest based upon points earned in participating competitions.
The homebrewer with the highest Net Score at the end of year wins the title of “Midwest Homebrewer of the Year” and receives significant Prizes. Points are accumulated by winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any of the homebrew competitions in the MWHBOY Circuit. A brewer’s accumulated points are multipled by his winning percentage (his ratio of medals to entries) to calculate his Net score, upon which the competition’s rankings are based.
Home brewers must reside in one Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, or Wisconsin to be eligible.
For a more detailed description visit http://www.midwesthomebrewer.com
The Master’s Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB) is an annual national championship competition for homebrewers. Brewers qualify for the annual MCAB championship event by placing first in any MCAB-recognized category of an independent homebrew competition that has been selected as a Qualifying Event for that year.
Because each qualifier is a Qualifying Event first place winner, the competition is very strong. Known as the “champions’ championship.”, awards are given to the first three places in each category, as well as Grand Master and Grand Champion awards for best of show and most medal points, respectively.
For more information go to http://www.masterhomebrewer.org/
The High Plains Brewer is an award given to an individual brewer from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota or Minnesota who demonstrates outstanding and consistent brewing skills. The award recipient is chosen based on performance in several regional competitions.
Qualifying events are hosted by Kansas City Bier Meisters; Iowa Brewers Union; Prairie Homebrewing Companions; OmaHops; Minnesota Home Brewers Association & St Paul Homebrew Club;THIRSTY;Garage Brewers Society, MUGZ and Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers. To be eligible, a brewer must belong to a club located in one of the aforementioned states. Points will be awarded as follows: 5 for 1st, 3 for 2nd and 1 for a 3rd place finish in a qualifying competition.
For more information go to http://www.kcbiermeisters.org/competitions/high-plains-award.html
The Lone Star Circuit is dedicated to homebrew clubs and home brewers of Texas. If you are a home brewer living in Texas definitely check this one out! The Lone Star Circuit tracks individual home brewer points and homebrew club points.
For more information go to http://www.lonestarcircuit.com
The BOTY or Brewer of the Year circuit is dedicated to Canadian brewers and is open to competitions and brewers across the country of Canada.
For more information go to http://www.breweroftheyear.com/
The Bayou State Circuit is based out of Louisiana and tracks competitions local to the state. To be eligible for the homebrewer of the year award you must be a resident of Louisiana or a member of a Louisiana homebrew club. Points for this competition are awarded as. 1st – 3 points, 2nd – 2 points, 3rd – 1 point.
For more information go to http://www.bayoustatecircuit.com
The mission of the Florida Competition Circuit is to promote friendly competition between Florida homebrew clubs and individual homebrewers. Each year the circuit will track points for all member competitions and individual brewers and award a Best Florida Homebrewer and Best Florida Homebrew Club award.
Circuit Member Clubs All AHA sanctioned Florida Homebrew Clubs are eligible to participate in the Circuit Eligible Individuals Must be a Florida resident and a member of any AHA sanctioned Florida Homebrew Club
For more information go to http://www.floridahomebrew.org
The West Michigan Home Brew League is a seven month long brewing competition where four to six person teams compete head-to-head monthly for the chance to win thousands in prizes. Your skills as a brewer will be pushed to the extremes, judged, and ultimately rewarded if you can prove your abilities.
Learn more at https://www.coldbreakbrewing.com/pages/home-brew-league
What is the MidSouth Series?
The Mid-South Homebrew Series consists of 2 annual separate awards and titles: 1. MidSouth Homebrewer of the Year 2. MidSouth Homebrew Club of the Year
The contest was started by the Music City Brewers of Nashville, TN to create additional interest in regional competitions. MCB quit supporting and maintaining points for this contest series in 2003. For the foreseeable future, the Barley Mob host the website of the MidSouth series and serve as the official scribes for the standings.