Who is Nick Corona?

From Nick’s first sip of Maharaja in 2012, his goal was instantly centered around learning the craft and striving to perfect the art of brewing with the intentions of one day opening his own brewery. Anyone who knows Nick, knows that once he sets his mind to something, it’s all or nothing. Nick ordered a small homebrew kit, tinkering around for a year before he jumped into a larger automated all grain system. His beers seemed to improve, but Nick soon realized that his friends and family just didn’t have the heart to give him honest, unbiased feedback. Nick soon found what he was searching for in competition brewing. He could submit his bottles anonymously and have his beers critiqued by certified beer judges.

In 2013 at the San Diego County Fair, Nick won his first awards; a 4th place ribbon in the German Wheat category and a 5th place ribbon in the Wood Aged beer category. Those first two ribbons set the stage for an exciting competition run that exceeded even Nick’s expectations. During this run, Nick would go on to win four homebrewing titles, 8 Best of Show wins, and hundreds of ribbons and medals at the national, state, & local levels. Nick also became the first homebrewer in the world to win Best of Show at both national homebrew competitions (NHC and Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing). Nick has gone on to brew his recipes at Lightning Brewery in Poway, Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, Green Flash Brewery in San Diego, Indian Joe Brewing in Vista, and Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills.

News & Media

Homebrew World Book – By Joshua Bernstein – Released April 2018

Imbibe Magazine – February 2018

Union Tribune – November 2017

SD Reader – November 2017

WestCoaster – August 2017

San Diego City Beat – May 2017

WestCoaster Reader Poll ’16 in ’16 – February 2017

92078 Magazine – September 2016

SD Reader – June 2016

Brewer’s Association – June 2016

WestCoaster – June 2016

Podcasts

Experimental Brewing May 2018

Experimental Brewing November 2017

The Brewing Network – Dr. Homebrew July 2017

Homebrew Awards

Titles:

2018 MCAB Grand Master

2017 Sierra Nevada California State Homebrewer of the Year

2017 San Diego County Fair Homebrewer of the Year

2016 National Homebrewer of the Year

Best of Show Wins:

2018 Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing

2018 QUAFF America’s Finest City Homebrew Comp

2017 Green Flash Genius Lab Homebrew IPA Comp

2017 Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Homebrew Comp

2016 National Homebrew Competition Baltimore

2016 Hangar 24 Homebrew Competition

2016 Lightning Homebrew Competition

2015 Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Homebrew Comp

National Wins:

2018 NHC First Round – 1st Place Weissbier (Co-brewer Kandy Corona)

2018 NHC First Round – 1st Place IPA (Co-brewer Kandy Corona)

2018 NHC First Round – 1st Place American Pale Ale (Co-brewer Kandy Corona)

2017 MCAB Final Round – 1st Place & Best of Show Weissbier (Co-brewer Kandy Corona)

2017 NHC Finals – 3rd Place Belgian Golden Strong (Co-brewed with Kandy Corona)

2017 NHC First Round – 3rd Place Irish Red (Co-brewed with Kandy Corona)

2017 NHC First Round – 3rd Place Belgian Golden Strong (Co-brewed with Kandy Corona)

2016 NHC Finals – 1st Place & Best of Show Weissbier

2016 NHC First Round – 1st Place Barrel Aged Cherry Cider

2016 NHC First Round – 2nd Place Weissbier

2016 MCAB Final Round – 1st Place Irish Red

2016 MCAB Final Round – 2nd Place IPA

2016 MCAB Final Round – 3rd Place Weissbier

2015 NHC First Round – 1st Place American Wheat

2015 NHC First Round – 3rd Place Vienna Lager

State Wins

2018 CA State Fair – 1st Place Weissbier

2018 CA State Fair – 1st Place Biere de Garde

2018 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Double IPA

2017 CA State – 1st Place American Wheat

2017 CA State – 1st Place Dunkels Bock

2017 CA State – 1st Place Weissbier

2017 CA State – 1st Place Double IPA

2017 CA State – 1st Place Belgian Golden Strong

2017 CA State – 2nd Place IPA

2017 CA State – 2nd Place Biere de Garde

2017 CA State – 2nd Place Scottish Export

2017 CA State – 2nd Place Sweet Stout

2017 CA State – 3rd Place International Amber Lager

2017 CA State – 3rd Place Best Bitter

2017 CA State – 3rd Place English Brown

2017 CA State – 3rd Place Wee Heavy

2017 CA State – 3rd Place American Pale Ale

2017 CA State – 3rd Place Fruit Beer

2017 CA State Fair – 1st Place Biere de Garde

2017 CA State Fair – 1st Place Irish Red

2017 CA State Fair – 1st Place American Pale Ale

2017 CA State Fair – 2nd Place Double IPA

2017 CA State Fair – 2nd Place International Amber Lager

2017 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Fruit Beer

2016 CA State Fair – 1st Place Irish Red

2016 CA State Fair – 1st Place Spice, Herb, Vegetable

2016 CA State Fair – 1st Place Weissbier

2016 CA State Fair – 2nd Place English Brown

2016 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Strong Bitter

2016 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Belgian Blond

2016 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Specialty Cider/Perry

2015 CA State Fair – 1st American Wheat

2015 CA State Fair – 1st Place Weissbier

2015 CA State Fair – 3rd Place English Brown

2015 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Fruit Beer

2014 CA State Fair – 3rd Place Weissbier