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



November 7, 2018

Apricot IPA recipe takes first place at Bell’s annual homebrew competition

COMSTOCK, Mich. – The winners of Bell’s 9th Annual Homebrew Competition were announced during the 10th Annual All Stouts Day at the Eccentric Café this past Sunday, Nov. 3. 

 Four homebrewers placed out of the 113 entries submitted this year. First place went to Matt MacQuillan for his Apricot IPA.

 The recipe was created by MacQuillan after he was asked by a friend to help teach her how to homebrew. MacQuillan will brew his Apricot IPA recipe at Bell’s original brewery in Kalamazoo to then go on tap at the adjacent Café.

 “I never in a million years thought I would win. It’s hard for me to put into words how extremely excited I am,” MacQuillan said.

He will also head to the 2019 Great American Beer Festival in Denver as a guest of Bell’s and compete alongside a Bell’s brewer in the Pro-Am Competition.

 “Overall, we saw a lot of very solid entries this year. There was definitely a lot of experimentation and interesting ingredient additions as we have seen in the past. Choosing an overall winner is getting harder and harder to do because of the talent we are seeing,” said David Curtis, Bell’s General Store Operations Manager and competition organizer.

 Second place again went to Ryan Schippers for his North East IPA, this is the second year in a row Schippers has claimed this prize. Third place went to Andrew Brouwers for his Session Farmhouse Ale. Fourth place went to Jim Milotz for his Sour Ale brewed with coriander.                                                                                                                                    

This year’s honorable mentions are (in no particular order): 

·       Leah Helzerman – Mangosteen Gose

·       Jason Glatz – Baltic Porter

·       Andrew Hansen – Pumpkin spiced beer

·       Ray Bilyk – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Stout

·       Kevin Rayl – Kettle Soured Ale

·       Mark Hofmann – Cherry Saison

·       Steve Morren – Chocolate, peanut butter & hazelnut stout

All were recognized during Sunday’s announcement and received a prize.


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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