IBU Brewer of the Year – 2019

Competition Format

  • Brewers will accumulate points throughout the calendar year of 2019. Brewers with the most points as of the IBU Christmas Party (12/16/2019) will be recognized as the IBU Brewer of the Year.
  • Participants will receive points as indicated in the scoring table below. A brewer can only take the highest points that they receive in a given sub-category for the year. All scoring beers must be unique.  


  • A brewer could receive points for both a Belgian Tripel (26C) and a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (26D), but they could not enter the same beer into both Czech Pale Lager (3A) and Czech Premium Pale Lager (3B) and earn points for both.
  • If a brewer received 2 firsts, and a second all for an American IPA (21A) they would only receive points for a single first place finish (the highest competition).
  • Specialty categories will allow multiple point-earning beers if the beers are unique. For example, a brewer could get first in Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (33B) with a barrel aged stout and then later get first in 33B with a barrel aged quad later in the same year and receive points for both.
  • Competitions in the IBU Brewer of the Year circuit:
    • Minnesota Mash Out – Late January
    • Kansas City Bier Meisters (KCBM) Annual – Late February
    • Garage Brewers Society Champion of the Pint – Early March
    • *NHC First Round – Early March
    • IBU Open – Late March
    • Missouri Mashers Hot Summer Brew Off – Late May
    • *NHC Final Round – June
    • Iowa State Fair – Late July
    • Lincoln Lagers Sower’s Cup – Late September
    • Prairie Home Companions Hoppy Halloween – Late October
    • FOAM Cup – November


Competition1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Standard Circuit Events531
NHC First Round753
NHC Final Round15105
  • Any Best In Show Win = Bonus 10 Points