Manny Roque of Bonita Springs, FL was presented the Gold Medal at the 38th annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition. The award was announced June 11 at the Homebrew Con 2016 awards banquet held at The Baltimore Convention Center.

Manny's Piña Colada Berliner Weisse took home the Gold in the Fruit Beer Category.

He started home brewing after his wife bought him a homebrew starter kit for his birthday. Since then he’s been brewing award winning homebrews for his family and friends. He hopes to some day have his own brewery and provide his ales to the general public.
The 2016 National Homebrew Competition had a total 7,962 entries from 3,396 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 13 other countries. A total of 484 homebrew clubs entered.

The first round took place at 12 regional sites across the country. The top three entries at each site in each of the 31 brew style categories advance to the final round of the competition, held every year at the National Homebrewers Conference, which—in 2016 for the first time ever—went by its new name, Homebrew Con.

This year, the final round of judging took place June 9 at Homebrew Con, where 1,074 entries were evaluated by the judges.

“The American Homebrewers Association is thrilled to congratulate Manny Roque on his award,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “He beat out many outstanding competitors at the National Homebrew Competition—the world’s largest international beer competition—and that’s something to be extremely proud of.”

The AHA National Homebrew Competition recognizes the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider being produced by homebrewers worldwide. Over its 38-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 126,873 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers.

A complete list of winners at the National Homebrew Competition can be found here:

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