PHC's Award of Brewing program was featured in the May/June 2006 issue of Zymurgy
and on the Basic
Brewing Radio podcast dated 6/24/2010 from the 2010 National
If you have any questions or comments, please contact our AOB Administrator.
Purpose and Goals
Award of Brewing Program (AoB) has been established by the Prairie
Homebrewing Companions to promote an awareness of world beer,
mead, and cider styles and the technical knowledge necessary to
goals of the program are as follows:
encourage program participants to produce a variety of styles
with high quality.
2. To introduce PHC members to
the large variety of world beer, mead, and cider styles
through the sharing of samples.
3. To increase the knowledge of
PHC members regarding styles, the technical knowledge to
produce them, and the judging of them.
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Two liters of beer
are required for the evaluation tasting. The sample should be
presented and registered prior to the start of the club’s
monthly meeting. Only 1 liter is needed for high gravity
(>1.080) beer, mead or cider. The program participant must fill
out an AOB
Registration Form and indicate the target style before having
the beer judged. The judges will not assist the brewer in
determining the style. That linked pdf file includes 2
forms, only 1 is needed per entry.
The judges will
return a copy of the Registration Form and communicate their
impressions of each beer tasted so the brewers can make
improvements and / or adjustments in recipes or techniques. Plus
the judges will provide a "reference score" with their
results so they might determine just where the panel feels the
beer might fit in the range of overall quality. After the
beer has been sampled by the judging team it should be made available
to everyone in attendance for the People's Choice competition.
Brewers may work
together but no more than two individuals will receive credit for
a beer that has successfully passed the judges’ examination.
Credited brewers should be involved in all aspects of the brewing
process from recipe development through packaging. A team
that always will be involved with brewing together, like a husband
and wife, can be given status as an 'individual' so all of there
brewing is counted as one person thus they can brew with another
individual who can also get credit.
submitted to an AHA sanctioned contest can also be counted towards
your Award of Brewing progress. The beer must have scored 30
or better, at least one judge must have been in the BJCP program,
the score sheet must be shown as proof, and the brewer must still
bring the prescribed quantity to share.
of Brewing Levels - 2015 BJCP Update
through the program by demonstrating their ability to produce
beers that accurately reflect the characteristics of world beer
styles as defined by the Beer Judge Certification Program
guidelines and brew them without major defects.
Brewer: To reach the “Recognized” level a brewer must
make a beer from 6 of the major categories currently sanctioned by
the BJCP. At least 1 of these must be a lager and at least 1 of
these must be an ale.
Brewer: To reach the “Accomplished” level a brewer
must make a beer from 12 of the major categories currently
sanctioned by the BJCP. At least 2 of these must be lagers and at
least 2 of these must be ales. Beers credited to a Recognized
brewer count toward this obligation.
Accomplished Brewer (Additional Levels):
Additional levels of Accomplished Brewer (Second Degree, Third
Degree, etc.) may also be achieved. The brewer
must make a beer from an additional 12 major categories currently
sanctioned by the BJCP. At least 1 of these additional beverages must be
a lager and at
least 1 must be an ale.
Brewing: To reach the “Master” level a brewer must
make a beer from every major category currently sanctioned by the
BJCP. Beers credited to an Accomplished brewer count toward this
obligation. A club service component is also required
to advance to this level. This will include, but not be restricted
to, a demonstration of the brewer’s knowledge of world beer
styles and technical aspects of homebrewing with a Nuts &
Bolts presentation, serving as a club officer, or organizing a
club event or competition.
Master of Brewing (Additional Levels):
Additional levels of Master of Brewing (Second Degree, Third
Degree, etc.) may also be achieved. The brewer must produce beverages
from an additional 25 BJCP subcategories and perform
an additional club service component.
To reach this level a brewer must produce every style of beer
currently sanctioned by the BJCP (currently 128). Beers credited to
prior AoB levels count toward this obligation. An additional club
service component is also required to advance to this level.
A certificate will
be presented to the brewer upon fulfillment of the requirements
necessary to reach a level in the program. These awards serve as
the club’s acknowledgement of the brewer’s achievement and as
a means of thanking the brewer for participating in the program.
Upon reaching the
level of Master Brewer, the participant will also receive
an engraved and personalized glass stein with a pewter lid, an
engraved plaque to hang on their wall indicating they are a Master
Brewer and their name added to the Award of Brewing plaque of
Master Brewers currently hanging at the Country Cannery.
Upon reaching the
level of Grand Master Brewer, the participant will also receive
an engraved and personalized mash paddle.
The Dennis Reimer
Award of Brewing, Brewer of the Year award is given to the brewer who
advanced the most beers in the program during the prior
year. We give out this award at our annual Holiday Party and
all beers advanced since the prior year's Holiday Party count
towards this award. This award is a memorial to Dennis
Reimer who was a huge supporter of the AOB program having attained
the rank of Grand Master before he passed away in 2005.
The Award of Brewing program could
not exist without judges so the Judge of the Year award
was added in 2017. Judges volunteer their time to evaluate each
entry and are awarded 2 points for the first beer they judge at
each event and 1 point for each entry thereafter. These points
accumulate over the course of a year from one Holiday Party up to
the next. The judge with the most points in a year is awarded
Judge of the Year honors and receives a plaque to commemorate the
Current PHC members
who are participating in the Award of Brewing and have achieved
the Recognized Brewer level and beyond are:
Master of Brewing
Master of Brewing
Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser
Joel Mac Dermid
Dennis Reimer Brewer of the Year
2006 - Paul Vogel
2007 - Rick Reilly
2008 - Paul Frank
2009 - Dave Batcheller
2010 - Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser
2011 - Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser
2012 - Eric Sanders
2013 - Adam Hoffert &
2014 - Jason Huck
2015 - Eric Sanders
2016 - John Wilkinson
Jon Lewis & Tyler Mangin
AOB Judge of the Year
Jon Lewis & Tyler Mangin
A Program Administrator will keep all
records concerning brewer participation and will coordinate the
beer evaluations. A team of experts will taste the samples
presented at each meeting. This team will consist of at least two
experienced BJCP judges. Contact
the AOB Administrator
can check your AOB records in the files folder at the PHC-Club