May 8, 2008
The Samuel Adams LongShot contest is probably the most well-known homebrew contest in the United States amongst the general public, but amongst homebrewers, there’s one that dwarfs it.
The AHA National Homebrewing Competition is the granddaddy of them all. With likely more than 6,000 entrants nationwide, it’s roughly three times the size of LongShot, and thus instead of a 3-region competition, there are 10 regions. With a competition that size, they break it into a 1st round and 2nd round. Also, with the size of the competition, simply making it from the 1st to the 2nd round is a big thing.
I submitted the Rye Pale Ale and the Milk Stout. Given that the Rye had scored very highly in the two competitions I’ve entered it (finishing 1st and 2nd in its category), I was almost expecting it to place. But results were released today, and the Rye didn’t do a thing.
But the Milk Stout took 1st in its category*, beating out 40 other stouts. That means it’s definitely advancing to the second round, where the stakes get higher (and the competition gets tougher). It’s one step closer to one of the top honors in homebrewing, a medal from the AHA.
Going up against 20 or 30 of the best stouts in the US, I’m not going to say that I’ve got a lot of confidence that I can make it into the top 3. But I’m mighty happy to get a shot against them!
* To see our names in lights, click here. In the Southwest region, scroll down to category 13, which is the Stout category.
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