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National Homebrew Competition L.A.-Area Finalists

Homebrews At Pacific Gravity's Annual Party
Homebrews At Pacific Gravity's Annual Party
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If you've heard a lot of homebrewer buzz at your neighborhood pub the past few weeks, it's likely because the National Homebrewers Conference (NHC) is being held in San Diego this year. Hoards of home brewers will be descending upon Southern California next Thursday, June 16, through Saturday, June 18, to reflect over a pint about those crazy homebrew club member parties, the latest additions to the local homebrew club scene, and whether the new homebrew guidebooks are worth their hops. But mostly, the conference buzz is focused on the National Homebrew Competition, the largest international homebrew competition of its kind.

The first round of judging took place in April at nine locations across the country. Contenders among the beer, mead, and cider entries in 28 style categories were narrowed down to three finalist in each category. The L.A.-area has seventeen (!) homebrews that made it through to next week's final round in San Diego for the Southern California-Arizona-Nevada region. Whose beers will be competing to bring home the gold, silver and bronze medals for L.A. next weekend? Turn the page. And if you happen to run into any of these brewers in the coming few days, by all means, buy them a beer. They're going to need it.

Judging At One Of Last Year's Regional National Homebrew Competitions
Judging At One Of Last Year's Regional National Homebrew Competitions
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First Round L.A.-area National Homebrew Competition Finalists:

Category 2: Pilsner

Enrique Piceno Jr of El Monte, CA, Long Beach Homebrewers

Category 3: European Amber Lager

Dan Eastwood of Duarte, CA, Long Beach Homebrewers

Category 4: Dark Lager

Norman Jufer of Ontario, CA, Inland Empire Brewers

Sherwin Antonio of Los Angeles, CA, Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

Category 5: Bock

Matthew Petersen of Glendora, CA

Category 6: Light Hybrid Beer

Heath Haynes of Los Angeles, CA, Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Category 8: English Pale Ale

Jeffrey Koehler of Pasadena, CA, Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Category 9: Scottish and Irish Ale

Hank Hofmann, Rick Kinkel of Sherman Oaks, CA, Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

Category 10: American Ale

Richard Solis of Sun City, CA, Temecula Valley Homebrewers Association

Category 11: English Brown Ale

Dan Eastwood of Duarte, CA, Long Beach Homebrewers

Category 15: German Wheat and Rye Beer

Robert MacMeekin, Mike Frink of Placentia, CA, McSwiggin Brewing

Category 22: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer

Norman Jufer of Ontario, CA, Inland Empire Brewers

Category 23: Specialty Beer

John Aitchison of Northridge, CA, Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

Steve Kinsey of Lancaster, CA, Crown of the Valley Brewing Society

Category 24: Traditional Mead

John Aitchison of Northridge, CA, Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

Category 25: Melomel (Fruit Mead)

Brent Galaway, Kristen Galaway of Manhattan Beach, CA, BrewTechs

Category 26: Other Mead

Todd Peterson of San Dimas, CA, Crown of the Valley Brewing Society

Category 28: Specialty Cider and Perry

John Aitchison of Northridge, CA, Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

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