The 2023 Florida Homebrew Competition Circuit Season concludes with the results of the Best Florida Beer Homebrew results released.

The Best Florida Beer Homebrew awards presentation took place on November 18th, 2023.

There were 326 entries judged in 33 medal categories.

The big award recipients of this competition were:


Ken McChord – 1st place Best of Show – Historical Beer
Mike Thompson – 2nd place Best of Show – Schwarzbier
Matt Hunsworth – 3rd place Best of Show – American Pale Ale

One exciting fact to note, this is the first time three members of the same home brew club has swept the Best of Show awards since 2013.* All three Best of Show winners are active member of Brewers Anonymous, Orlando, FL

Keith Link – 1st place Best of Show – Stone Fruit Mead
Ron Minkoff – 2nd place Best of Show – Sweet Mead
Paul Sorice – 3rd place Best of Show – Experimental

Ken McChord – 1st Heavy Medal Brewer
Jesse Johnson – 2nd Heavy Medal Brewer
Mike Thompson – 3rd Heavy Medal Brewer

Brewers Anonymous, Orlando, FL – 1st Heavy Medal Club – 62 points
Cowford Ale Sharing Klub (CASK), Jasksonville, FL – 2nd Heavy Medal Club – 41 points
Pinellas Urban Brewers Guild, Seminole, FL – 3rd Heavy Medal Club – 27 points

Along with the Heavy Medal Club winner, other clubs earning points in this competition were:

Hogtown Brewers (Gainesville, FL)
Special Hoperations (Tampa, FL)
Palm Beach Draughtsmen (Boynton Beach, FL)
Brew Club of Seminole County (Lake Mary, FL)
Treasure Coast Brewmasters (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
Jacksonville Ale eXchange (JAX) (Jacksonville, FL)
Pour Decisions Home Brew Club (Spring Hill, FL)
Central Florida Homebrewers (Orlando, FL)
Miami Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH) (Miami, FL)
Lakeland Brewers Guild (Lakeland, FL)
Hanger 41 Brewclub (Fort Myers, FL)
Southwest Florida Brew Crafters (Estero, FL)
Space Coast Assoc. For the Advancement of Zymurgy (SAAZ) (Melbourne, FL)

Congratulations to all the medal awarded brewers!

Our 2023 season wrap up post will be coming soon, stay tuned!

For a full list entrants awarded medals in the 2023 Best Florida Beer Homebrew please visit:

*In our continued pursuit of recording and archive Florida Home Brewing competition history, we are only able to confirm this piece of history as far back as 2013. The length of time since this was last achieved may be longer.