Brewers Association

Last updated

Brewers Association
Formation2005;17 years ago (2005)
Merger ofAssociation of Brewers, Brewers' Association of America
Type Trade association
Legal status 501(c)(6) organization [1]
Headquarters Boulder, Colorado
Membership (2020)
5,400 brewers [2]
President and CEO
Bob Pease

The Brewers Association (BA) is an American trade group of over 5,400 brewers, breweries in planning, suppliers, distributors, craft beer retailers, and individuals particularly concerned with the promotion of craft beer and homebrewing. [3] [4]


Two of the largest programs supported by the BA are the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

The current president and CEO is Bob Pease. [5] [6] The American Homebrewers Association was founded by past BA president, Charlie Papazian. [7]

American Homebrewers Association

Logo of the American Homebrewers Association featured in 2011 Aha logo2011.png
Logo of the American Homebrewers Association featured in 2011

The BA was established in 2005 through a merger of the Association of Brewers headed by brewer Charlie Papazian and the Brewers' Association of America, intending to "promote and protect small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts." [3]

The American Homebrewers Association is a division of the Brewers Association focused on homebrewers of beer, cider, and mead. The AHA was founded in 1978 by Charlie Papazian in Boulder, Colorado. The AHA runs the world's largest homebrew competition and also organizes several homebrew events in the United States and Canada. Julia Herz is the current executive director. The AHA publishes the magazine Zymurgy six times per year to its 37,000 members. [8]

Every year the AHA hosts the following events:

Ninkasi Award

The Ninkasi Award is the prize given by American Homebrewers Association for the brewer who gains the most points in the final round of the National Homebrew Competition, judged at the National Homebrewers Conference. [9] Points are gained from the brewer's winning entries in the 23 categories of beer and several categories of mead and cider. At least 2 points (1 bronze placement) must come from a beer entry.

The Ninkasi Award is named in honor of Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer. [9]

Past winners

The winners since the introduction of the Ninkasi Award in 1992: [10]

  • 1992 – Steve & Christina Daniel
  • 1993 – Walter Dobrowsky
  • 1994 – Michael Byers
  • 1995 – Rhett Rebold
  • 1996 – Tom Bergman & Chas Peterson
  • 1997 – George Fix
  • 1998 – Art Beall
  • 1999 – Tom Plunkard
  • 2000 – Joe Formanek
  • 2001 – Brian Cole
  • 2002 – Curt Hausam
  • 2003 – Curt Hausam (2nd win)
  • 2004 – Jamil Zainasheff
  • 2005 – Paul Long
  • 2006 – Joe Formanek (2nd win)
  • 2007 – Jamil Zainasheff (2nd win)
  • 2008 – Gordon Strong
  • 2009 – Gordon Strong (2nd win)
  • 2010 – Gordon Strong (3rd win)
  • 2011 – Paul Sangster [9]
  • 2012 – Mark Schoppe
  • 2013 – David Barber
  • 2014 – Jeremy Voeltz
  • 2015 – Mark Schoppe (2nd win)
  • 2016 – Derrick Flippin
  • 2017 – Jeff Poirot and Nicholas McCoy
  • 2018 – Greg Young
  • 2019 – Mark Peterson
  • 2020 - No Competition (COVID)
  • 2021 - Jason Lowery
  • 2022 - Timothy Lambert

Brewers Publications

Brewers Publications was started in 1986 and is under the umbrella of the Brewers Association organization. The first book Brewers Publications published was Brewing Lager Beer: The Most Comprehensive Book for Home- and Microbreweries by Greg Noonan.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Homebrewing</span> Small scale brewing of beer, mead, ciders

Homebrewing is the brewing of beer or other alcoholic beverages on a small scale for personal, non-commercial purposes. Supplies, such as kits and fermentation tanks, can be purchased locally at specialty stores or online. Beer was brewed domestically for thousands of years before its commercial production, although its legality has varied according to local regulation. Homebrewing is closely related to the hobby of home distillation, the production of alcoholic spirits for personal consumption; however home distillation is generally more tightly regulated.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Boston Beer Company</span> American beverage company

The Boston Beer Company is an American brewery founded in 1984. Boston Beer Company's first brand of beer was named Samuel Adams after Founding Father Samuel Adams, an American revolutionary patriot. Since its founding, Boston Beer has started several other brands, and in 2019 completed a merger with Dogfish Head Brewery.

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills. The BJCP certifies and ranks beer judges through an examination and monitoring process.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brewing in Oregon</span>

The U.S. state of Oregon is home to more than 200 breweries and brew pubs that produce a large variety of beer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anchor Brewing Company</span> Alcoholic beverage producer in San Francisco, California

Anchor Brewing Company is an American alcoholic beverage producer, operating a brewery on Potrero Hill in San Francisco, California. The brewery was founded in 1896 and was purchased by Frederick Louis Maytag III in 1965, saving it from closure. It moved to its current location in 1979. It is one of the last remaining breweries to produce California common beer, also known as Steam Beer, a trademark owned by the company.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stevens Point Brewery</span>

Stevens Point Brewery is a regional American brewery located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The brewery is the fifth-oldest continuously operating brewery and the third-oldest privately owned brewery in the nation.

Ninkasi was the Mesopotamian goddess of beer and brewing. It is possible that in the first millennium BCE she was known under the variant name Kurunnītu, derived from a term referring to a type of high quality beer. She was associated with both positive and negative consequences of the consumption of beer. In god lists, such as the An = Anum list and the Weidner list, she usually appears among the courtiers of the god Enlil, alongside deities such as Ninimma and Ninmada. She could also be paired with Siraš, a goddess of similar character, who sometimes was regarded as her sister. A possible association between her and the underworld deities Nungal and Laṣ is also attested, possibly in reference to the possible negative effects of alcohol consumption.

Charles N. Papazian is an American nuclear engineer, brewer and author. He founded the Association of Brewers and the Great American Beer Festival, and wrote The Complete Joy of Home Brewing (1984). He is the longtime former president (1979–2016) of the Brewers Association. He is also the creator of the National Pie Day, a celebration of pies which is celebrated on January 23, Papazian's birthday.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">George Fix</span> American mathematician

George J. Fix was an American mathematician who collaborated on several seminal papers and books in the field of finite element method. In addition to his work in mathematics, Fix was a beer and homebrewing enthusiast and educator, as well as the author of several books about brewing. He died of cancer in 2002.

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is an annual beer festival hosted by the Brewers Association, held in Denver, Colorado. Typically held in late September or early October, the event is currently held at Denver's Colorado Convention Center. Established in 1982, it is the largest ticketed beer festival in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.

John J. Palmer is the author of the self-published book, How to Brew and an active member of the homebrewing community.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">World Beer Cup</span>

The World Beer Cup is an international beer competition organized by the Brewers Association, a trade group representing America's small and independent craft brewers. It is the largest competition in the beer industry and has been described as "the Olympics of beer." According to, "Winning a World Beer Cup is like winning a Grammy or an Oscar…it brings the world’s attention to even the smallest brewery’s doorstep…and like a hit song or film, it can make a career." The cup was founded by Association of Brewers president Charlie Papazian in 1996 and is awarded every two years. The competition is held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fred Eckhardt</span>

Otto Frederick Eckhardt was an American brewer, homebrewing advocate, and writer. Eckhardt is best remembered as a pioneer in the field of beer journalism, publishing a series of articles and books on the topic, including the seminal 1989 tome, The Essentials of Beer Style. At the time of his death in 2015, Eckhardt was memorialized as "the Dean of American beer writers".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sour beer</span> Beer with a tart or sour taste

Sour beer, also known as Sours, is beer which has an intentionally acidic, tart, or sour taste. Traditional sour beer styles include Belgian lambics, gueuze and Flanders red ale, and German gose and Berliner Weisse.

The U.S. Open Beer Championship is an international brewing competition. The event, which is open to professional breweries and award-winning home brewers, is held in late June, with the winners announced in July.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dragonmead</span>

Dragonmead is a U.S. microbrewery, meadery and brewpub founded by Earl Scherbarth, Larry Channell, and Bill Wrobel in January 1997. The small brewery produces many varieties of beer, wine, and mead, and has received awards including gold medals at the World Beer Cup.

Annie Johnson is a brewer who won the American Homebrewers Associations' Homebrewer of the Year award in 2013. She was the first woman in thirty years, and the first African American person ever, to win the award. In 2012, she won Pilsner Urquell's Master Homebrewer Competition held in San Francisco, where Master Brewer Vaclav Berka said the beer tasted like he was home. After an extensive career with the California State Legislature she began working for PicoBrew, a product development company in Seattle, WA that specializes in automated brewing equipment. In addition to that work, she is a Nationally ranked judge for the Beer Judge Certification Program as well as proctoring and grading exams. Shortly after she had heard about winning the AHA 2013 award she quickly accepted her job offer to be part of PicoBrew’s recipe developer. She’s an active member of Pink Boots Society which promotes women as beer professionals in the beer industry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Superstition Meadery</span> Beverage company in Prescott, Arizona

Superstition Meadery is a meadery, winery and cider house founded in 2012 and based in Prescott, Arizona. As of 2016 they produce 6,000 gallons a year. They won four gold medals and one silver at the 2016 Mazer Cup International mead competition. Availability is localized to Arizona through their distribution partnership with Hensley Beverage Company, with additional direct-to-consumer shipping in 40 U.S. states, and account distribution to 25 U.S. states. They also distribute worldwide in Denmark, Thailand, Japan, and Singapore.

F.H. Steinbart is a homebrew supply store on SE 12th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. It is the oldest homebrew supply store in the country and helped nurture the vibrant Pacific Northwest craft-brewing scene.


  1. "Brewers Association Inc". Nonprofit Explorer. ProPublica . Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  2. "Who We Are". Brewers Association. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  3. 1 2 "About Us: Purpose & History". Brewers Association. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  4. "Membership Types". Brewers Association. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  5. "Charlie Papazian Adopts New Role at Brewers Association". Brewers Association. January 2, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  6. "The Team". Brewers Association. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  7. "About Us: Brewers Association staff". Brewers Association. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  8. "American Homebrewers Association Membership Surpasses 30,000". BevNET Magazine. February 14, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  9. 1 2 3 "Computer pioneer is a brewer at heart". The Coast News . July 12, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  10. "Access the list of the current and past National Homebrew Competition winners!". Brewers Association. Retrieved January 11, 2020.