Indiana NHC First Round Winners

The first round winners in the National Homebrew Competition (NHC) are now posted and we can pass along congratulations to some Indiana homebrewers! The NHC is the largest known homebrew competition with entrants participating in one of 11 different regional judging sites. The top three entrants per style category (assuming an assigned scored of 30 points or more for that entry) at each regional advance to compete for medals in the National Finals to be judged at the National Homebrewers Conference in Philadelphia. Simply advancing through a regional can be very challenging as some categories reach 60+ entries. After surviving a difficult registration process this year, the following Hoosiers persevered and are moving on to the finals:

Nathan Compton (Indianapolis) 1st place Porter, 2nd place Amber Hybrid Beer, 2nd place Belgian and French Ale
Chris Higgins (Elkhart) 1st place Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer
Andrew Korty (Indianapolis) 1st place Light Lager
Rob Meinzer (Zionsville) 2nd place European Amber Lager
Jairo Nunes (New Palestine) 3rd place Belgian Strong Ale
Tim Palmer (Fishers) 3rd place European Amber Lager, 3rd place German Wheat and Rye Beer
Bill Staashelm (Indianapolis) 2nd place English Brown Ale
Tom Wallbank (Zionsville) 1st place Pilsner

Best of luck to everyone in this year’s finals! Last year, Indiana took home an impressive six medals from the National Finals that included awards for current competitors Rob Meinzer, Bill Staashelm, and Tom Wallbank. Let’s see if we can bring home a few more this year! Cheers, Nathan NHC2011_MAIN_post

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