Jack Price, of Milford, DE, claimed a medal – Gold with a Belgian Golden Strong Ale – in the 40th annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) 2018 National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition.
“I thought I wet my pants but then I realized I spilled my beer when I heard my name announced,” said Price. “Seriously, there are some amazing homebrewers out there and to have a beer recognized as the best is truly an honor.”
Price started brewing in 1996 shortly after seeing Sam Calagione brew on Dogfish’s brewing system and thought “I can do that.” He says that he loves every aspect of brewing. “The fact that you can take water, grain, yeast and hops and create this incredible thing called beer still amazes me,” said Price.
This year’s competition had 8,405 total entries, and the award winners were announced on June 30th in Portland at an awards banquet during the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrewers Conference.
The National Homebrew Competition recognizes the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider produced by homebrewers worldwide. This year, there were 8,405 entries from 3,517 homebrewers located in 50 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. Military APO, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, S. Korea, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom entered in the first round of the competition.
The first round of the competition took place at 12 regional sites in the United States, with each sending on the top three entries from 33 style categories to the final round of competition at the National Homebrewers Conference. A total of 1,142 entries were evaluated by some of the top beer judges in the country in the final round.
“For homebrewers, winning a medal in the AHA National Homebrew Competition is the ultimate achievement,” states National Homebrew Competition Director John Moorhead. “With nearly 9,000 entries, the National Homebrew Competition is by far the toughest and most prestigious homebrew competition – the medal winners can truly take pride in knowing that they brew among the best beers in the world.”
The AHA National Homebrew Competition recognizes the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider being produced by homebrewers worldwide. Over its 40-year history, the AHA National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 143,240 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, CO, judged 34 beers.
When asked what his favorite beer was, Price stated, “Well that’s easy. The last one! Mainly because when it runs out, I have to brew more.”
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