NHC Judging 2012

Welcome to our 2012 NHC Judging page!

Simply put, the National Homebrew Competition is the largest homebrew competition in the world. NHC 2011 had a record-setting year, with 6,996 entries from a total of 1,650 brewers! Our judging center maxed out with 750 registered entries. This year we expect to fill up once again, and will need all of our judges' support to successfully judge the expected massive number of entries, and provide the quality of judging our entrants deserve.

There will be a few changes in our region's First Round judging this year, including a new judging location. For 2012, the judging will be held at Handles Gastropub in downtown Pleasanton, CA (http://handlesgastropub.com/). Handles specializes in combining first class local food and beer, with a seasonal "farm to table" approach.  They will be providing a fantastic Judges' Lunch each day of the competition, and we think our judges, stewards, and staff will enjoy their hospitality and ambiance.

Pleasanton First Round Judging Dates:

Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd (morning and afternoon sessions).

BJCP Judges, please contact us (using the form below) with "NHC Judge" in the Subject field, and the following details:
  • Judging Sessions you can attend: Saturday AM  /  Saturday PM Sunday AM  /  Sunday PM.
  • Any categories you cannot judge due to having entries in the competition, or lack of qualification to judge a certain category.
  • Any categories you would prefer to judge (please provide as many as possible for best chance of getting your preferred styles).
Thank you in advance for participating!  Please send a link to this page, to your judging friends.

, please contact us as well, with "NHC Steward" in the title, and we'll be sure to connect you with our Head Steward.

"Host a Judge" Program

Mad Zymurgists "Host a Judge" Program:

We'll have a limited number of rooms available for judges needing a place to stay.  We are asking Mad Zymurgists members to offer up their homes, as a way to support those BJCP judges coming from far away.  If interested, please contact us with "Host a Judge" in the Subject, and provide the following:
  • Nights needed:  Friday Night  Saturday Night  /  possibly also Sunday Night.  We expect most need will be for Saturday night, and should have most availability for Friday / Saturday evenings.
  • Expected arrival time in Pleasanton, and approximately how many miles you have to travel to get here.
  • Any special considerations or needs (e.g., you have a spouse who is also a judge, or coming to steward).
We will do our best to match up judges with a local room with a Mad Zymurgists member who has offered up a spare room, and let you know ASAP if we cannot.  Preference will be given to judges coming from long distances of 100+ miles to help out.  Please plan to have some flexibility to coordinate arrival times etc. with your hosts, and of course respect their limitations and their homes.  Thank you!

Brian Cooper
Judge Coordinator

Jon Koerber
Competition Organizer

      2010 NHC First Round Judging in Lodi, CA.

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