Rules: Brewers must reside in the midwest, enter at least 4 competitions and 10 categories. The Net Score is calculated by multiplying a brewer's winning percentage by his raw score.

Midwest Homebrewer of the Year Rules
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Brewers must enter beer, mead, or cider in at least: Brewers must reside in one of these states:
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
NOTE: The calculation of a brewer's Net Score has changed for the 2014 competition year, so please read the rules closely.
A brewer's rank in the MWHBOY standings is determined by his Net Score. Although all brewers are ranked, only eligible brewers are awarded a place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in the final standings.
  1. Net Score Calculation
    Net Score = (Raw Points) x (Winning Percentage)
  2. Raw Points Calculation
    A brewer earns Raw Points by submitting an entry that places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in one of the twenty-eight BJCP categories at a participating competition. If a brewer has more than one entry that places in a category, only the highest-point entry contributes Raw Points to the category. For instance, if a brewer earns 6.2 Raw Points for a 1st place medal in category 12 (Porter) at the Midwinter Homebrew Competition and later earns 3.2 Raw Points for a 2nd place medal in category 12 at the Hoppy Halloween Challenge, the brewer only receives 6.2 Raw Points for category 12. Points within a category are not cumulative.

    The Raw Points awarded for an entry are calculated using a two-step process. First, Base Points are computed for the Place of the entry at its competition table. Then, these Base Points are multiplied by the competition's Competitiveness Factor to obtain Raw Points. So Raw Points = Base Points x the competition's Competitiveness Factor.

    Base Points are computed as follows:
    • 1st Place = 8 Base Points
    • 2nd Place = 4 Base Points
    • 3rd Place = 2 Base Points
    • Honorable Mention or no place = 0 Base Points
    A competition's Competitiveness Factor is calculated using the formula (1 - M / E), where
    • M = Total number of Medals awarded at the competition in all 28 BJCP categories
    • E = Total number of Entries at the competition in all 28 BJCP categories
    So, for example, if a competition has 200 entries and awards 50 medals, its Competitiveness Factor is 0.75, calculated as:
    • (1 - (50 / 200)) = 0.75
    The complete formula for calculating an entry's Raw Points is therefore:
    • Raw Points = Base Points x (1 - (Medals Awarded / Entries in Competition))
    To illustrate, suppose that the brewer Bob Biermann enters a 10A American Pale Ale and a 10C American Brown Ale at the Drunk Monk Challenge. Suppose also that the Drunk Monk Challenge has divided the American Ale category into two tables, American Pales and American Amber/Brown Ales. Bob's 10A American Pale Ale wins 1st place at the American Pales table and his 10C American Brown wins 2nd at the American Amber/Brown Ales table. Bob therefore obtains 8 Base Points for his 10A and 4 Base Points for his 10C. Suppose that there were a total of 750 entries at the Drunk Monk Challenge, and 90 medals were awarded. The Competitiveness Factor for this competition is therefore 0.88 (calculated as 1 - (90 / 750)). Multiplying Bob's Base Points by the competition's Competitiveness Factor, he receives 7.04 Raw Points for his 10A entry and 3.53 Raw Points for his 10C entry. However, since 10A and 10C are in the same BJCP category, Bob receives a total of 7.04 Raw Points in the 10 American Ale category. Now let's assume that Bob enter his 10C American Brown in the FOAM Cup and wins 1st place. The FOAM cup has 875 entries and awards 93 medals, giving it a Competitiveness Factor of 0.89. Bob therefore received 8 x 0.89 = 7.12 Raw Points for his medal at the FOAM Cup. His Raw Points in the 10 American Ale category now increase from 7.04 to 7.12.
  3. Winning Percentage calculation
    Winning Percentage = Medals / Entries
    More specifically, a brewer's winning percentage is calculated as the total number of his entries that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any MWHBOY competition, divided by the total number of entries that he submitted to these competitions.
    So if Bob Biermann submits 3 entries to the Dunk Monk Challenge and 4 entries to the FOAM Cup, he has a total of 7 entries. If he wins a 1st place medal and a 2nd place medal at the Drunk Monk Challenge, and a 1st place medal at the FOAM Cup, he has a total of 3 medals. His winning percentage is therefore 42.9% (calculated as 3/7 = 0.42857).
    Medals won in the same category still contribute to a brewer's winning percentage. So if all of Bob's 7 entries and 3 medals were in the 10 American Ale category, his winning percentage would still be 42.9%.
  4. Teams or Multiple Brewers
    If a competition allows entrants to specify a "primary" brewer and "co-brewers" for each entry, then MWHBOY points will be assigned only to the primary brewer. If an entrant lists multiple brewers as the "primary" brewer, then all of those brewers will be treated as a team, and the team will accumulate points independently of the individual brewers that are part of the team. Teams are eligible for the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year title, as long as all of the constituent brewers reside in the thirteen eligible Midwestern states. If a competition does not allow entrants to specify a "primary" brewer and "co-brewers", then all the brewers listed on the entry will be treated as a team.
    For example, suppose that Bob Biermann and his wife Jane Biermann frequently brew together. Bob enters a German Pilsner with the primary brewer listed as "Bob Biermann" and no co-brewers, as he was the sole brewer of this beer. Jane enters an American Stout with the primary brewer of "Jane Biermann" and no co-brewers, since she was the sole brewer of this beer. However, they also enter an English Barleywine with the primary brewer of "Bob and Jane Biermann", since each brewer contributed an equal share of work to the brew. Finally, Bob Biermann enters a Belgian Dark Strong with the primary brewer listed as "Bob Biermann" and the co-brewer of "Jane Biermann", since he brewed this beer mostly on his own, but Jane helped bottle and watched the kettle to make sure there were no boil-overs while Bob was indisposed. In this case, Bob would accumulate points for the German Pilsner and the Belgian Dark Strong, Jane would accumulate points for the American Stout, and the team "Bob and Jane Biermann" would accumulate points for the English Barleywine. Each of these entities would be listed separately in the MWHBOY standings. Therefore, when submitting an entry, brewers must carefully decide upon the name(s) under which the entry is submitted. If two or more brewers contributed a significant share of work to the brewing process, then all brewers should be listed as primary brewers; i.e. as a "team". If one brewer contributed the majority of the work to a beer, then the additional brewers can be listed as "co-brewers" and the primary brewer can still receive MWHBOY points in his own name for the entry.
  5. Only entries in categories 1 - 28 of the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines will be applied toward a brewer's Net score. In other words, entries in special categories unique to a contest, such as "Halloween Themed Beer", will be excluded from the competition.
Complete Scoring Example:
Bob Biermann submits the following entries in the specified competitions and places as shown:
Category/StyleCompetitionPlaceBase Points
3A Vienna LagerDrunk Monk Challenge1st8
3B OktoberfestDrunk Monk Challenge2nd4
5A BockDrunk Monk Challenge 0
5C DoppelbockDrunk Monk Challenge 0
5C DoppelbockHoppy Halloween1st8
6A Cream AleHoppy Halloween3rd2
8C ESBHoppy Halloween 0
The Competitiveness Factor for each competition is calculated as follows:
CompetitionEntriesMedalsCompetitiveness Factor
Drunk Monk Challenge750900.88
Hoppy Halloween525840.84
Bob Biermann's Raw Points for his winning entries are therefore calculated as follows. Notice that the 3B Oktoberfest does not contribute to Bob's Total Raw Points because his 1st place medal for the 3B Vienna Lager takes precedence over the 3B Oktoberfest for category 3 Amber Lager:
Category/StyleBase PointsCompetitionCompetitiveness FactorRaw Points
3A Vienna Lager8Drunk Monk Challenge0.887.04
3B Oktoberfest4Drunk Monk Challenge0.883.52
5C Doppelbock8Hoppy Halloween0.846.72
6A Cream Ale2Hoppy Halloween0.841.68
TOTAL18 15.44
Bob had a total of 7 entries and 4 medals, so his winning percentage is 57.1%.
His Net Score is therefore 8.82, calculated as follows:
  • Raw Points = 15.44
  • Winning Percentage = 57.1%
  • Net Score = 15.44 x 0.5714 = 8.82

Circuit Participation and Data Requirements
Any competition may participate in the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year circuit if it meets 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 12 "Midwestern" states listed above
  4. Results from the competition are submitted to by 12/31/2021
  5. Prize Contribution of $15 is submitted with the scores
Exceptions to these criteria will be made for competitions that have historically participated in the circuit; for instance, if your competition has previously participated and it ends up with 199 entries and a 28% medal percentage, it is still eligible for inclusion. However, in order to maintain parity among different competitions, we do encourage competitions to keep their medal percentage below 25%. Additionally, for 2021, some exceptions may be made for COVID-related affects on a competition.

Data Requirements: To participate in MWHBOY, we must receive the following data for each entry that was judged in the competition. This data is required for each entry that was judged in the competition, not just for the winning entries. Data for each entry is necessary because an entrant's Points are computed on the basis of his/her winning percentage -- i.e. the ratio of their total medals to total entries. The data fields required are as follows:
  • Entrant's first name
  • Entrant's last name
  • BJCP Category (e.g. "3" for "Czech Lager" if using the 2015 guidelines)
  • BJCP Style/Sub-Category (e.g. "B" for "Czech Premium Pale Lager")
  • BJCP Style Name
  • Place (e.g. "1" for 1st place, "2" for 2nd place, "3" for third place; use a blank, 0, or NULL for entries that did not place)
  • Table at which the entry was judged (e.g. "Table 2: Pilsner" or "2: Pilsner")
Please email a machine-readable file (i.e. comma-delimited, tab-delimited, fixed-width, etc.) with the fields listed above to
Please note that if you are using BCOEM for your competition, there is a bug in their software that mistakenly puts some entries into the wrong judging tables. Please verify that all entries are assigned to their correct tables.

To submit the prize contribution of $15, which goes to maintaining the site and to the winner of the competition, please use this PayPal link:
Submit Contribution. In the note section of PayPal, please write the name of your competition.
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