Brewers Association

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The Brewers Association (BA) is an American trade group of over 7,200 brewers, breweries in planning, suppliers, distributors, craft beer retailers, and Individuals particularly concerned with the promotion of craft beer and homebrewing.[1][2]

The BA was established in 2005 through a merger of the Association of Brewers headed by famous brewer Charlie Papazian and the Brewers' Association of America, intending to "promote and protect small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts."[1]

Two of the largest programs supported by the BA are the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

The current president and CEO is Bob Pease.[3] The American Homebrewers Association was founded by past BA president, Charlie Papazian.[4]

American Homebrewers Association[edit]

Logo of the American Homebrewers Association featured in 2011.

The American Homebrewers Association is a division of the Brewers Association focused on homebrewers of beer, cider, and mead. The AHA was founded in 1978 by Charlie Papazian in Boulder, Colorado. The AHA runs the world's largest homebrew competition and also organizes several homebrew events in the United States and Canada. Gary Glass is the current director. The AHA publishes the magazine Zymurgy six times per year to its 47,000 members.[5]

Every year the AHA hosts the following events:

  • National Homebrew Competition
  • Homebrew Con (previously known as the National Homebrewers Conference) which includes the finals of the National Homebrew Competition, held the third week in June
  • Big Brew, held the first Saturday in May
  • Mead Day, held the first Saturday in August
  • Learn to Homebrew Day, held the first Saturday in November

Ninkasi Award[edit]

The Ninkasi Award is the prize given by American Homebrewers Association for the brewer who gains the most points in the final round of the National Homebrew Competition, judged at the National Homebrewers Conference.[6] Points are gained from the brewer's winning entries in the 23 categories of beer and several categories of mead and cider. At least 2 points (1 bronze placement) must come from a beer entry.

The Ninkasi Award is named in honor of Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer.[6]

Past winners[edit]

1992 - Steve & Christina Daniel
1993 - Walter Dobrowsky
1994 - Michael Byers
1995 - Rhett Rebold
1996 - Tom Bergman & Chas Peterson
1997 - George Fix
1998 - Art Beall
1999 - Tom Plunkard
2000 - Joe Formanek
2001 - Brian Cole
2002 - Curt Hausam
2003 - Curt Hausam
2004 - Jamil Zainasheff
2005 - Paul Long
2006 - Joe Formanek
2007 - Jamil Zainasheff
2008 - Gordon Strong
2009 - Gordon Strong
2010 - Gordon Strong
2011 - Paul Sangster[6]
2012 - Mark Schoppe
2013 - David Barber[7]
2014 - Jeremy Voeltz[8]
2015 - Mark Schoppe[9]
2016 - Derrick Flippin
2017 - Jeff Poirot and Nicholas McCoy[10]

Brewers Publications[edit]

Brewers Publications was started in 1986 and is under the umbrella of the Brewers Association organization. The first book Brewers Publications published was Brewing Lager Beer: The Most Comprehensive Book for Home- and Microbreweries by the late Greg Noonan.


  1. ^ a b "Purpose & History". About Us. Brewers Association. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Membership Types - Brewers Association". Brewers Association. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ "Charlie Papazian Adopts New Role at Brewers Association - Brewers Association". Brewers Association. 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. ^ "Brewers Association staff". About Us. Brewers Association. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  5. ^ "American Homebrewers Association Membership Surpasses 30,000". BevNET Magazine. February 14, 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Computer pioneer is a brewer at heart". The Coast News. Jul 12, 2011. Archived from the original on 19 September 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
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