Homebrew in Michigan and National


Homebrew Events/Competitions:


 April 7, The inaugural Upper Hand Homebrew Competition will begin April 7, at Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba. 



Siciliano’s Fifteenth Annual Homebrew Competition.

Details at: http://sicilianosmkt.blogspot.com 

April 28, Warren Big Brew Festival 2018. 

Halmich Park, Noon-6pm. Beers from area brewers.
-Homebrewing Expo featuring Motor City Malt and Top Hops. Homebrewing on site with a peoples choice award. More info at warrenbigbrew.com 



The Siciliano’s Homebrew Party, 

Details coming: http://sicilianosmkt.blogspot.com 


May 16-18, 13th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.

Commercial and non Commercial

Information: glintcap.org


The Michigan Beer Cup 

Registration will start on Friday, June 15th, 2018 and run through Friday, July 13th, 2018.

Bottle turn-in at designated drop-off locations
(see www.michiganbeercup.com for drop-off locations) will start
on Saturday, June 30th, 2018 and run through Friday, July 13th, 2018.

This years judging and sorting will occur at the Rochester Mills Production Facility in Auburn Hills.


Aug. 16-19, Annual Michigan Homebrew Festival.


Winners of the Michigan Beer Cup awarded on Saturday



Sept. 28, Details for 2018 Bell’s Homebrew Competition 

COMSTOCK, Mich. - The 9th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition Kick-off and Expo will be held this year on Sept. 8 at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

The homebrewer who takes first place will get to brew their recipe at Bell’s original brewery to then go on tap at the adjacent Café.

The first place winner will also attend the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado as a guest of Bell’s Brewery. That person will team up with Bell’s for the 2018 Pro-Am Competition and attend both the awards ceremony and members’ only session.

Bell’s will cover the cost of airfare to Denver and back (must be within the continental U.S.) and provide lodging for two nights.

“Supporting the homebrewing community is very important to Bell’s and to me personally. We will always support those who are on their own quest to make a better beer, just as I set out on my own path 35 years ago,” said Larry Bell, Founder and President of Bell’s Brewery.

As in previous years, there is no cost to enter the competition and the only requirement is that you use Bell’s wort, which will be available for free at the kick-off, while supplies last.

This year’s Expo will run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will feature local homebrew clubs, local vendors as well as the American Homebrewers Association.

Sign-up times for wort pickup will begin at 11 a.m. It will be distributed beginning around 1 p.m., first come, first served. In past years, more than 200 homebrewers have been able to receive wort.

Competition entries (four 12 oz. bottles) are due to the Bell’s General Store by 7 p.m., Sunday, October 28.

The 2017 winning recipe, from Steve Vroegop, will be tapped for the first time at 2 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Café. Damson Plum Crisp Saison(8.4% ABV) was brewed with damson plums and toasted sugar. All are welcome and encouraged to stop by the Café and try this first-place homebrew recipe (those 21-and-up).

Previous winners are  –

2016: Freedom of Peach, hoppy Saison brewed with peaches, from Evan Monroe.

2015: Bale So Hard, a Farmhouse Ale brewed with HBC 438 and Mosaic hops.

2014: Coffee Mustache, a California Common style beer brewed with coffee from Matt VanNatter.

2013: Proud Mitten, a dry hopped IPA/Pale Ale made with Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops from David Lyman.

2012: Manden Med Leen, a black IPA brewed with Belgian yeast from Nick Rodammer.

2011: A Bit of Heat from Geoff Groff, brewed with paradise seeds, rose hips and habaneros.

2010: Oscar’s Folly, a collaborative IPA from Jarrett Cupp, Bailey Cupp and Paul Gentz.

For more information about entering this year’s competition, follow Bell’s Brewery on social media or visit bellsbeer.com


Sept. 29, O'Connor's Home Brew Supply in Grand Rapids 6th annual home brew contest.

BJCP sanctioned event. BJCP 2015 style guidelines

Details: https://oconnors.brewcompetition.com

Judge/Steward sign up on website.

•September 29, Main Judging @Harmony Hall

•Account registration until September 21st, 7pm

•Entry registration deadline is September 21st, 7pm

•Entry drop-off deadline is September 27th, 7pm

Scrooge and Barley’s Homebrew Competition. Cancelled this year.


October 13, Michigan Mead Cup.
Amateur only this year. BJCP and AHA sanctioned.

The Michigan Mead Cup (amateur only for 2018) will be held Saturday, 10/13/18 at 9:00am at B Nektar, 1511 Jarvis Ferndale. There will be 3 judge sessions for the maximum BJCP Judge points of 1.5 points per day for BJCP judges. Entries capped at 150 total, $8 each entry. Judge and steward registration open now at michiganmeadcup.com. Entry registration open 9/15-30/18, same website. Dropoff and mail-in locations include Adventures in Homebrewing (Ann Arbor and Taylor). Entries will also be accepted at other sites—check Michiganmeadcup.com for additional mail in and drop off locations. 

We’ll be posting most updates to the Facebook web page, but entry-specific info also to michiganmeadcup.com

More information at: www.facebook.com/Michigan-Mead-Cup-608694406157916/


March 15-17, 2018 Mazer Cup International.
Pro/Am competition, Facebook, www.mazorcup.org

2018 American Homebrewers Association Events

2018 National Homebrew Competition Dates:
Application Period       January 23 to January 30
Beer Registration Period    February 5 to February 14
First Round Shipping Window   March 19-March 30
First Round Judging April 6-April 22

May 5, Big Brew for National Homebrew Day.
June 28-30, Homebrew Con, Portland, Oregon 
August 4, Mead Day.
November 3, Learn to Homebrew Day.


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