Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

National Homebrew Competition Crowns a Female Winner

by The Drink Nation on Jul 1, 2013 in Beer
National Homebrew Competition Crowns a Female Winner

For the first time in more than 30 years, the best homebrewer in the US is a woman. The American Homebrewers Association just wrapped up its annual meeting, during which the National Homebrew Competition finals took place. Annie Johnson earned title of AHA Homebrewer of the Year for her Lite American Lager.

Just as unusual as a woman taking home the top prize is that it was for a lager, a style of beer that’s much more difficult to create than the usual homebrewed ales. And even more interesting is that the lager was billed as “Lite,” long a negative buzz term used when deriding Big Beer. The craft beer movement is changing with the times, and this proves that you no longer have to ramp up the ABV and IBU counts for your beer to win acclaim.

More than 2,150 homebrewers entered the AHA’s initial competition this year, and preliminary rounds were held at 11 regional sites around the country earlier this year. The top three entries in each of 28 style categories went on to the finals, and 894 beers were judged last week at the conference, held this year in Philadelphia.

Other top homebrewers this year were Tavish Sullivan, who won Cidermaker of the Year  and Mark Tanner, who garnered the Meadmaker of the Year nod. Pennsylvania’s David Barber won the Nikasi Award — given to the winningest homebrewer, in this case gold medals in both the Strong Ale and German Wheat and Rye Beer categories.

Homebrewing has taken off since an enforced lull after Prohibition. When Charie Papaizan and the nascent AHA held the first contest in Boulder, CO, in 1979, only 34 beers were entered. This spring, Alabama became the last state to legalize homebrewing, and the movement continues to grow. The American Homebrewers Association now has more than 37,000 members, who can join for as little as $38 per year. Find out more about AHA membership here.

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than at CiderFest at the historic Woodford Mansion in Fairmount ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 13, 2022
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

The team behind the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival have conjured up a spellbinding event - WitchCraft - a...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 12, 2022
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

Fishtown has a new Baja Mexican destination for tequila and mezcal fans...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 14, 2022
Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we sit down with Barry Johnson, better known as "Bartender Barry" of Instagram and as cocktail catering special...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 9, 2022
Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing Co just launched their newest venture right in the heart of Philadelphia, making the former TG...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 26, 2021
Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Cider fans rejoice because after taking a hiatus last year, Philly Cider Week is back for it's third year....read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 14, 2021
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
 Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory Brewing Co. is opening its first Philadelphia taproom and brewery in the heart of Center City at 1776 ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 12, 2021
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close