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The 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 Homebrewer's Conference.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our AOB Administrator.

 

Purpose

This program has been established to promote an awareness of world beer styles and the technical knowledge necessary to brew them. Its goal is to determine if a brewer can produce a particular style of beer without major defects and to expose members of the Prairie Homebrewing Companions to a variety of brewing options.

Guidelines

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.

Beers 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.

Award of Brewing Levels

Brewers advance 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.

Recognized 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.

Accomplished 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.

Master of 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.

Brewers wishing to advance beyond these levels have these options:

Master of Brewing 2nd Degree: To reach this level a brewer must produce beers representing 26 additional styles beyond those credited for the “Master” level. 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.

Grand Master: To reach this level a brewer must produce every style of beer currently sanctioned by the BJCP (currently 80). Beers credited to a 2nd Degree Master 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.

Awards and Recognition

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.

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.

PHC Brewers

Current PHC members who are participating in the Award of Brewing and have achieved the Recognized Brewer level and beyond are:

Master Brewers

Grand Master of Brewing 

Wayne Fehrenbach
Dick Nilles
Dennis Reimer

Master of Brewing 

2nd Degree

Dave Batcheller

Rick Reilly

Susan Ruud
Eric Sanders
Ray Taylor

Master of Brewing

Ben Amundson

Paul Frank
Jason Huck
Ron Stroh

Bill Nagle

Paul Vogel

Accomplished Brewer

Randy Behrens
Rick Brandvold

Lucas Graunke
Karl Gunderson

Paul Held

Adam Hoffert
Tony Huseby

Mike Isley
Tim Lamey

Steve Leno

Jim Marback

Perry Mertz

Andrew Paulsen

Tom Paulson

Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser
Vince Rokke

Bob Ruud

Recognized Brewer
Al Boyce
Steve Deibel 
Steve Donaldson
Carl Eidbo
Lucas Graunke
Jason Halvarson
Kristi Halvarson
Steve Klocke 
Dustin Lamppa
Joel Mac Dermid
Dave Manning
Mike Peterson
Ray Sanders
Sarah Staudt
Eric Swanson
Mickey Walker
John Wilkinson


Dennis Reimer Brewer of the Year Award

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 & Tom Paulson

 

 

Program Administration

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

 

You can check your AOB records in the files folder at the PHC-Club Yahoo Group.

 

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