The U.S. Open Beer Championship is different from all other beer competitions for one reason: homebrewers are allowed to compete in direct competition with professional breweries — which is really awesome. More than 700 beers in 50 different categories were submitted in what would become an epic ‘battle royale’ of world class beer.
“This competition is significant because it accepts entries from breweries around the world and allows national winning homebrewers to compete.” — Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer Championships. “More than 700 beers were submitted, and although all the top 10 winning breweries were based in the U.S. this year, at least 20 international breweries representing Canada, Belgium, Germany, England and Brazil also medaled.”
This year, Maui Brewing Co. of Hawaii was named the ultimate victor, taking away the award of Grand National Champion by winning two gold, five silver, and two bronze medals. Behind them was Sprecher Brewing of Wisconsin, in second place, followed by Deschutes Brewing (the reigning champion), in third place. And what about the homebrewers? They garnered some attention of their own with Jimmy Vervaecke, Jack Ocque, and Tom Ocque, each taking home bronze medals.
The top 10 breweries based on the number of beers placing first (3 points), second (2 points) or third (1 point) are:
- 1. Maui Brewing Co., Hawaii
- 2. Sprecher Brewing, Wisconsin
- 3. Deschutes Brewing, Oregon
- 4. Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts
- 5. Sweetwater Brewing, Georgia
- 5. South Street Brewery, Virginia
- 7. August Schell, Minnesota
- 7. Montana Brewing, Montana
- 8. Silverton Brewing, Colorado
- 8. Capital Brewery, Wisconsin
- 10. Redbrick Brewery, Georgia
For more information about the competition and a list of all the medalists, check out the United States Open Beer Championship website.