Jeremy Voeltz Wins Top Award at World’s Largest Beer Competition
American Homebrewers Association’s National
Homebrew Competition Sees 8,100+ Entries
Grand Rapids, Mich. • June TK, 2014 — Jeremy Voeltz of Lakeside, AZ was presented the Ninkasi Award given to the brewer with the most wins in the 36th annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition. The award was announced June 14 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference awards banquet held at the DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids.
Jeremy Voeltz claimed the Ninkasi Award with one gold and one bronze medal. Voeltz earned the gold medal for his Hop Canyon Habanero IPA entered in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category and a bronze medal for his Cherry Oak-EE, a cherry mead aged on oak, entered as an Open Category Mead.
The 2014 National Homebrew Competition had a total 8,172 homebrewed entries from 3,181 homebrewers located in 49 states and Washington D.C., U.S. Military APO, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Israel, Iceland and Puerto Rico.
The first round took place at 12 regional sites across the country. The top three entries at each site in each of the 28 beer style categories advance to the final round of the competition, held every year at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference.
This year, the final round of judging took place June 12 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference, where 969 entries were evaluated by some of the top beer judges in the country. Entrants win points toward the Ninkasi Award for every final round medal earned in the 28 categories.
“Even just qualifying for the final round of the National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious homebrew competition, is tremendously impressive. Then to win the Ninkasi Award—beating out thousands of competitors—is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Janis Gross, Director, National Homebrew Competition. “Jeremy Voeltz is officially one of the best homebrewers in the world.”
“I’m extremely honored to have won such a prestigious homebrewing award,” said Voeltz. “The outpouring of congratulations and support from so many people has been overwhelming – especially with the homebrew clubs: our own clubs in Arizona (Arizona Society of Homebrewers, Brewmasters Anonymous, and Tucson Homebrew Club) and other clubs around the country such as the Austin Zealots, QUAFF out of San Diego, Evanston in Illinois, etc. It’s great how tight-knit and open with information and collaboration most of the homebrewers are.”
The AHA National Homebrew Competition recognizes the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider being produced by homebrewers worldwide. Over its 36-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 111,247 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers. The Homebrewer of the Year award is sponsored by Muntons Malted Ingredients.
A complete list of winners at the National Homebrew Competition can be found here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/winners/.