BFBC Florida Circuit Changes for 2016

Below is a communication from Mark Stober the BFB President
Florida homebrew club representatives – I’m sending this out to the club contact list that was used after the last meeting in 2013, please feel free to pass on to additional interested parties as contacts may have changed.

As this year’s president of the Best Florida Beer organization I would like to announce several planned changes for 2016 that will affect FL circuit brewers, judges, and competitions.

In recent years the AHA National Competition organizer has made several informal queries about whether we would be willing to host a NHC regional round. We take it as a compliment that the AHA appears to recognize the high standards and participation within Florida competitions as well as our burgeoning beer and homebrewing scene, so BFB has decided to pursue hosting a regional NHC competition slot in 2016.

The scheduling and confirmation of the 2016 NHC regional sites is not yet finalized and will not be for some to come, but we have to make our own scheduling plans now to allow time for planning. The timing of the NHC regional competition is something that is mandated by the AHA in conjunction with the NHC finals usually held in June. The presumed time frame for the regional comps will likely be in late March, which will present an obvious scheduling conflict with the usual time slot for the Best Florida Beer competition traditionally held in the late Feb/early March time frame, as well as some other circuit competitions usually held in that general time frame. Coincidental to this, the Sunshine Challenge made the change this year to cease serving as the concluding circuit competition and moved their competition up to mid-year. Therefore, our plan in 2016 is to move the homebrew portion of the Best Florida Beer competition back to assume the concluding competition slot previously served by SSC and schedule final round judging on October 8th 2016; while the professional side of the BFBC competition (and The Brewers Ball) will remain in the existing February time frame.

Although this change will put BFBC in relatively close proximity to the Commander SAAZ competition planned for mid-September, we found numerous challenges and conflicts in trying to hold it at any time later then the early October time frame, which is at least in part the reason the SSC organizers decided to move their competition earlier in the year. That tight scheduling is also not a significant departure from the usual scheduling of competitions in close proximity to each other in the spring time, and moving back to the fall should help alleviate some of the logjam of circuit competitions that usually occur between late February through early May.

As you know, the NHC regionals are open to all brewers but points earned there do count towards the Fl circuit so it is essentially a de facto circuit competition. In the event we are able to secure the position as a host site for the regionals we do hope the Florida homebrewing community at large will recognize the opportunity to further strengthen the prominence and reputation of the Florida homebrew scene by hosting a regional and will support us both in participating in hosting duties with the competition as well as understanding the need for the scheduling changes. If we are able to secure it we will send further information about the regional competition as it becomes available.


Mark Stober
President, Best Florida Beer

Meadllenium is one of the nation’s premier, MEAD-ONLY competitions.

We are the longest-running MEAD-ONLY competition in the world. We began in 1998 and have been raising the bar for mead competitions ever since
Registration opens April 13, 2015
Registration closes May 1, 2015
Entries are due by May 17, 2015
Meadllennium will be held May 30, 2015

National Homebrew Competition

National Homebrew Competion Application Period Opens in a Week

Window to Apply: February 2-8
Ready to test your mettle in the world’s largest beer competition? The window to apply to compete in the 2015 National Homebrew Competition starts in a week. The application window runs February 2-8. The time or date applications are submitted has no influence on acceptance of entries into the competition.

Though the competition has limited capacity and is more popular than ever, with a record 3,000 entrants last year, we expect that nearly everyone who wants to enter will be able to do so. To maximize your chances, be sure to select multiple judge centers when you apply.

Please note:
•All applicants to register will get a confirmation of application; this initial confirmation is NOT a confirmation of actual entry into the National Homebrew Competition itself.
•All applicants will hear from us by February 17 with an alert indicating whether or not their entries have been accepted into the competition.
We will notify you by email on February 2 when the application period opens with a link to apply. In the meantime, here is some general competition information.


Janis Gross
AHA National Homebrew Competition Director

Proof Brewing Co AHA Rally

Its been a little while since the last rally held in Florida!

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is inviting all Florida homebrewers and craft beer enthusiasts to Proof Brewing Company!

Join us at Proof Brewing Company!

  • Enjoy Proof beer samples, including a special beer tapping
  • Bring your tastiest homebrew to share with other Rally attendees – you will be responsible for all serving equipment
  • Take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA
  • Meet Proof brewers and staff
  • Take a VIP brewery tour
  • Mingle with local homebrewers
  • Win great prizes from the AHA and Proof!