Richard Skains of Rocky River, Ohio, won Best of Show and National Homebrewer of the Year in the National Homebrew Competition judged in Denver, Colo. Jamil Zainasheff of Elk Grove, Calif., won the Ninkasi Award as the winningest brewer in the second round of judging.
Awards were presented Saturday at the National Homebrewers Conference Grand Banquet.
The National Homebrew Competition is the largest beer competition in the world, this year attracting a record breaking 5,052 entries from 1,172 homebrewers. Last year the number of entries was 4,548 from 1,067 homebrewers.
Judging for the competition begins at 10 regional sites, with up to three beers, meads or ciders in each category advancing to the second round.
The other major award winners:
Meadmaker of the Year â€“ Steve Fletty, Falcon Heights, Minn.
Cidermaker of the Year â€“ Joseph Franconi, Red Hook, N.Y.
Homebrew Club of the Year â€“ Saint Paul Homebrewers Club, Minnesota.