Homebrew winners announced

Top amateurs emerge from field of 2,700

June 26, 2000 - The Kansas City Biermeisters were honored as Homebrew Club of the Year last week during the National Homebrew Conference in Livonia, Mich.


More than 250 of the nation's most avid homebrewers gathered in Livonia, Mich. from June 22-24 for the conference. The 22nd annual conference, presented by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), offered three days of hands-on educational seminars presented by the country's leading homebrewing experts, as well as nightly social events filled with opportunities to sample locally brewed beers.

Winners of the 2000 AHA National Homebrew Competition were announced Saturday. The National Homebrew Competition, the largest homebrewing competition in the world, awards gold, silver and bronze medals in 29 categories. Homebrewer, Cidermaker and Meadmaker of the year are awarded to the top amateur brewers in the nation. Winners were selected from over 2,700 entries.

To claim a medal in the national competition, contestants first entered their beers in one of seven regional competitions held earlier in the year. After being scrutinized by a panel of regional judges, qualifying beers was advanced to the second round judging, which was conducted by a national panel of judges.

This year's conference was planned and run by AHA-registered club members from throughout Michigan and neighboring areas in coordination with the AHA staff and Board of Advisors. The Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, Downriver Brewers Guild and F.O.R.D club spearheaded the local effort.

"An exciting spirit of camaraderie, enthusiasm and learning filled the conference this year," says Paul Gatza, director of the AHA. "I believe we lived up proudly to the example of building a homebrewing community set by the late Bill Pfeiffer, who has been honored as the first-ever recipient of the AHA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. It was a great chance for the homebrewers to meet the 19 members of the Pfeiffer family and honor Bill. Bill's commemorative mead was another conference highlight. The AHA extends its deepest thanks to all of our local organizers and participating homebrewers for a job very well done."

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