Brewers Association

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The Brewers Association (BA) is an American trade group of over 7,400 brewers,[1] breweries in planning, suppliers, distributors, craft beer retailers, and individuals particularly concerned with the promotion of craft beer and homebrewing.[2][3]

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."[2]

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.[4][5] The American Homebrewers Association was founded by past BA president, Charlie Papazian.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[8]

Past winners[edit]

The winners since the introduction of the Ninkasi Award in 1992:[9]

  • 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 (2nd win)
  • 2004 - Jamil Zainasheff
  • 2005 - Paul Long
  • 2006 - Joe Formanek (2nd win)
  • 2007 - Jamil Zainasheff (2nd win)
  • 2008 - Gordon Strong
  • 2009 - Gordon Strong (2nd win)
  • 2010 - Gordon Strong (3rd win)
  • 2011 - Paul Sangster[8]
  • 2012 - Mark Schoppe
  • 2013 - David Barber
  • 2014 - Jeremy Voeltz
  • 2015 - Mark Schoppe (2nd win)
  • 2016 - Derrick Flippin
  • 2017 - Jeff Poirot and Nicholas McCoy
  • 2018 - Greg Young
  • 2019 - Mark Peterson

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. ^ "National Beer Sales & Production Data". Brewers Association. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  2. ^ a b "Purpose & History". About Us. Brewers Association. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Membership Types - Brewers Association". Brewers Association. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. ^ "Charlie Papazian Adopts New Role at Brewers Association - Brewers Association". Brewers Association. 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. ^ "The Team". Brewers Association. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  6. ^ "Brewers Association staff". About Us. Brewers Association. Retrieved 17 March 2012.[dead link]
  7. ^ "American Homebrewers Association Membership Surpasses 30,000". BevNET Magazine. February 14, 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  8. ^ a b c Staff writer (2011-07-12). "Computer pioneer is a brewer at heart". The Coast News. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  9. ^ "Access the list of the current and past National Homebrew Competition winners!". Brewers Association. Retrieved 2020-01-11.

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