Five Ohioans took home awards at the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, which was held last weekend in Philadelphia. More than 3,400 homebrewers and others attended the 35th annual National Homebrewers Conference.
Here's a rundown of the Ohio winners:
-- Nick Talkers of Monroe, Bloatarian Brewing League, second place in the European amber lager category.
-- Jeffrey Lewis of Hilliard, Scioto Olentangy & Darby Zymurgists (SODZ), first place in the dark amber category.
-- Dan George of Westerville, Scioto Olentangy & Darby Zymurgists (SODZ), second place in the dark amber category.
-- Greg Irving of Strongsville, Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers (SNOBS), third place in the English brown ale category.
-- Bill Bopp of Westerville, Scioto Olentangy & Darby Zymurgists (SODZ), third place in the porter category.
To see the full list of winners, including the homebrewer of the year, Annie Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., click here.
"Homebrewing is growing fast and attracting a more diverse following," association Director Gary Glass said in a prepared statement. "I'm pleased see a woman win the Homebrewer of the Year Award, and it's impressive that she did so in a lager category. Lagers are difficult to brew well, which shows how homebrewers are more technically proficient than ever before."
The National Homebrew Competition recognizes the outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider. This year, there were 7,756 entries from 2,187 homebrewers in 49 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. Military APO, Puerto Rico, three Canadian provinces and Belgium. Over its 35-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 103,075 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers.