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.
Michael & Pamela Wilcox are the 2016 Midwest Homebrewers of the Year!
The data for 2016 is finally complete and we have a winner! We will post more information on the winning brewer soon, please check back.
Changes for 2017 - Please Read!
For the 2017 competition year, we will be changing the criteria used to determine which competitions are included in the circuit. In the past, at the beginning of the year we would post a list of competitions that would be included. This created some problems, because as the year progressed the list of competitions would change; some competitions would not be held due to lack of interest/organization, new competitions would be added, and others would decide that they did not want to participate in MWHBOY. So, rather than post a circuit that is misleading, we will instead change the criteria for inclusion. Starting this year, any competition may choose to participate in the circuit if they meet the following criteria:
  1. At least 200 total entries in standard BJCP categories
  2. A medal percentage of 25% or lower (i.e. the number of medals awarded divided by the number of entries judged should be less than or equal to 0.25)
  3. Competition is held in one of the 13 Midwestern states listed on the Rules page.
  4. Results from the competition are submitted to midwesthomebrewer@gmail.com by 12/31/2017
  5. Prize Contribution of $15 is submitted by 12/31/2017
Exceptions to these criteria will be made for competitions that have historically participated in the circuit; for instance, if your competition has previously participated for several years but ends up with 199 entries and a 28% medal percentage, that is not a problem.

This means that we do not know, ahead of time, which competitions will choose to participate. Entrants will need to visit a competition's website or contact its administrators in order to determine that competition's intent to participate. Most competitions currently advertise their inclusion in the circuit. If a competition does not specifically advertise their intention to participate in the MWHBOY circuit, entrants will need to confirm with the competition's administrators. Please keep in mind that even if a competition advertises it's intent to participate, we can't include it in the final results until we receive a data export from that competition.

Competition administrators, please see the section Circuit Participation and Data Requirements on the Rules page for information on what data is required and how to submit your prize contribution.
Michael & Pamela Wilcox
2016 Midwest Homebrewers of the Year
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Michael & Pamela Wilcox are the 2016 Midwest Homebrewers 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!
1/3/2017
Results from the Schooner and Land of the Muddy Water are now posted. This finalizes the 2016 competition year!
12/30/2016
Results from the Hoppy Halloween Challenge are posted. Just waiting on the data from two more competitions, and then we will have a winner.
12/23/2016
Final results should be available soon. Just waiting on data from three more competitions. Please see the note on the homepage regarding changes for 2017. Rules for entrants and points are staying the same, but we are changing the way in which competitions are included in the circuit. Any competition can now participate as long as it meets the minimum requirements for entries and medal percentage.
12/22/2016
Results from the Happy Holiday Homebrew Competition are now posted.