About IBU Open

The IBU Open is an annual AHA/BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition hosted by the Iowa Brewers Union.

IBU has held the competition every year since 2000, first called the Heartland Homebrew Contest. Each year homebrewers from around the Midwest and across the nation enter hundreds of beers to be judged. Entries in the recent years have averaged over 350 total. BJCP ranked judges from across Iowa and neighboring states attend the competition each year to help judge the hundreds of homebrewed beers, meads, and ciders. The Iowa Brewers Union has partnered with Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines to host the IBU Open.

The 21st annual IBU Open will be held in February of 2020 at Confluence Brewing Company. Judging will take place from February 25th through 29th with winners announced the evening of the 29th. Winners receive custom medals for first, second and third in category as well as a special prize package for Best of Show.

The IBU Open is part of the High Plains Brewer of the Year Circuit, and starting in 2020 will be part of the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year Award Circuit.

The IBU Open competition committee for 2020 is:

  • Zack Rice — Competition Coordinator
  • Aaron Reif — Head Steward
  • Tony Schubert — Head Judge
  • Gary Lehmer — Head Cellar Master
  • Mikey Stanek — Assistant Cellar Master