About the Competition: The Midwest Homebrewer of the year competition uses the results from several homebrew competitions throughout the midwest. The homebrewer with the most accumulated points from beer, mead, and cider BJCP category entries wins the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year award.

About the Competition
The Midwest Homebrewer of the Year competition selects the top homebrewer from the Midwest based upon points earned in participating competitions. The homebrewer with the highest Net Score at the end of year wins the title of "Midwest Homebrewer of the Year" and receives significant Prizes. Points are accumulated by winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any of the homebrew competitions in the MWHBOY Circuit. A brewer's accumulated points are multipled by his winning percentage (his ratio of medals to entries) to calculate his Net score, upon which the competition's rankings are based. For a detailed description of the competition rules and the formula used to calculate a brewer's Net Score, please visit the Rules page.
2015 BJCP Style Guidelines
Now that the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines have been released, some competitions may decide to use this version instead of the 2008 Guidelines. The 2015 BJCP Guidelines utilize an entirely different set of categories than the 2008 Guidelines. The Midwest Homebrewer of the Year competition has traditionally provided points at the BJCP category level -- for instance, any beers winning in the styles "3A Vienna Lager" or "3B Oktoberfest/Marzen" would accumulate points under the category "3 European Amber Lager". This category does not exist in the 2105 Guidelines and these two styles are no longer in the same 2015 category. Consequently, for the purposes of the MWHBOY competition, all 2015 styles will be mapped to the 2008 categories, based upon the BJCP's suggested mapping. The 2015 style-to-2008 category mapping is provided on pages 72 to 73 of the "BJCP Beer Style Guidelines - 2015 Edition" under the heading "2. Styles Sorted Using 2008 Guidelines (Modified)". So, for example, if your 12B Australian Sparkling Ale wins a medal in a competition that uses the 2015 style guidelines, you will be assigned points in category "8 English Pale Ale". If you then win a medal for your 8B Special/Best/Premium Bitter in a different competition that uses the 2008 guidelines, then you will only receive points for whichever medal provided the most MWHBOY points, since both the 12B Australian Sparkling Ale and the 8B Special/Best/Premium Bitter are mapped to the same 2008 category (i.e. "8 English Pale Ale").
Tim Thomssen
2015 Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
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Tim Thomssen of Lincon, Nebraska is the 2015 Midwest Homebrewer of the Year! View all previous winners here.
Farmhouse Brewing Supply
Farmhouse Brewing Supply is now the official sponsor of the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year competition!
Thanks to the helpful folks at the FOAM Cup, we were able to update the 2015 standings with the results from this competition. The Foam Cup was listed as participating in the circuit in 2015, and several brewers entered this competition with the assumption that it would be included. Therefore, we are including the results from this competition in the standings, although the staff at the FOAM Cup did not intend for it to participate. This has resulted in slight changes to the standings, including the ranking of the top 3 brewers. In particular, Michael Wilcox, who had scored in second place before the FOAM Cup results, but had only participated in 3 competitions outside of the FOAM Cup, is now officially in second place.
The results from the 2015 Happy Holiday Homebrew Competition are posted and we can now announce that Tim Thomssen of Lincoln, Nebraska, is the 2015 Midwest Homebrewer of the Year. This wraps up the 2015 season. If we ever do receive the results from BUZZ Boneyard Brew-Off, those will be added to the standings, but they will not have an impact on this year's winner, as Mr. Thomssen far outscored his closest competitors.
The results from the 2015 Schooner Homebrew Championship are posted. Just waiting on one more competition -- the Happy Holiday Homebrew competition -- before we announce the results for 2015. The FOAM Cup notified us that they decided not to participate in 2015 and will not be participating in 2016. If we can acquire the data for the 2015 BUZZ Boneyard Brew-Off, we will include that competition in the 2015 standings as well, but so far we have been unable to acquire the results from the competition organizers.
The 2016 circuit is posted and the results from the Hoppy Halloween Challenge and Land of the Muddy Water are now available. Just waiting on three more competitions. We have not been able to acquire data from the BUZZ Boneyard Brew-Off, unfortunately, and there is no indication that it is forthcoming. Also, it doesn't appear that this competition is taking place in 2016, so we have removed it from the circuit. Taking its place will be the Sower's Cup, our first competition from Nebraska!