Professional breweries and award-winning homebrewers competed in the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship, a competition which saw more than 6,000 beers stacked up against each other, across more than 100 beer styles, in Oxford, Ohio.
The winners of the championship, announced on July 10, include the following:
Grand National Champion, Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative of Cumming, Ga., which took home three gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals. The golds went to its O.A.S.I.S Imperial Stout, Ta Ta Pilsner and Damebier Maple Strong Ale.
Second place went to Black Tooth Brewing from Sheridan, Wyo., which won three gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. Gold earners included its Black Eagle Porter, Hot Streak IPA and Caught Looking Ale and silver went to its Wagon Box Wheat.
In third place was Lynnwood Brewing Concern of Raleigh, N.C., which won three gold medals for its Hop Sauce IPA, Once You Go Black Ale and Hop on Top Strong Pale Ale, as well as one bronze medal for its Kiss my Irish Stout.
The judging panel included beer judges from the U.S., England and Canada, who tasted beers blind. The final round took place at the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub in Oxford.
The 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship Top 10 Breweries
Eleven breweries were named the “top 10” brewers of the competition, with two breweries tying for tenth:
1. Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative – Cumming, Georgia
2. Black Tooth Brewing – Sheridan, Wyoming
3. Lynnwood Brewing Concern – Raleigh, North Carolina
4. Cigar City Brewing – Tampa Bay, Florida
5. Ecliptic Brewing – Portland, Oregon
6. La Quinta Brewing – La Quinta, California
7. Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Boone, North Carolina
8. Guadalupe Brewing – New Braunfels, Texas
9. Revelry Brewing – Charleston, South Carolina
10. Cameron’s Brewing – Oakville, Ontario (tie)
10. Straub Brewing – St Marys, Pennsylvania (tie)
No. six on the list, La Quinta Brewing, proudly announced that it took home four medals in the Championship, including two golds: one for its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Koffi Porter and another for its Old Town Honey Wheat.
From New York, Yonkers Brewing told Men’s Journal it earned a bronze for its 914 Vienna Lager.
The competition, which is the only major competition allowing National Homebrewers Association competition winners to compete against professional breweries, also named homebrew champions Keith Eisel, who won a silver medal for his “Dream Steam” California Common; and Derrick Flippin, who earned two bronze medals for his Vienna and American Light lagers.
According to Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer Championship, event organizers were pleased that one of newest breweries in the U.S. and one of the oldest breweries in the world took home medals: “Cincinnati’s Brink Brewing, which opened in February, won a bronze medal in the golden ale [category] and a gold for its cream stout. The oldest brewery in the world, Weihenstephan, founded in 1040 out of Freising, Germany, won a gold for its Hefeweissbier.”
For a complete list of 2017 U.S. Open Brewing Championship winners, visit usopenbeer.com.