Oxford, Ohio (April, 2018) – The registration for the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship is now open. Brewers can register beers thru May 21. Beers will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between May 21 – June 1. The medal winners and Grand National Champion will be announced on July 9th. The U.S. Open is the only brewery competition to include licensed breweries and the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition Gold Medal Winners. Last year, breweries from Vietman to Vermont sent in over 6,000 beers representing over 100 different styles.
Last year, Cherry Street Brewing Co-op of Cumming, GA was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals. Its three gold-medal-winning beers were O.A.S.I.S Imperial Stout, Ta Ta Pilsner and Damebier Maple Strong Ale. Black Tooth Brewing from Sheridan, WY placed second. And, Lynnwood Brewing Concern out of Raleigh, NC took home third by winning 3 gold medals and 1 bronze.
Judging in the U.S. Open Beer Championships is blind; the judges do not know what beers they are tasting. The final round of judging will be held at the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub in Oxford, Ohio.
Call for Entries
Beers will need to arrive between May 21 – June 1. Each brewery may enter a maximum of 8 beers. Entry fee will be $75 per beer/root beer. A brewery must submit a minimum of 5 beers to be considered one of the Top Ten Breweries. Entry Forms and Rules can be found on the competition website under registration.
Over 110 categories will be judged this year. Winners will receive a medal in the shape of a beer stein for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The Top 10 breweries overall will be featured in on BeerInfo.com. Along with the medals awarded, a Grand National Champion accolade will be awarded based on a point system for beers (5 minimum) entered in the competition.
New Categories for 2018
20. British Imperial Stout
21. American Imperial Stout
23. English Barley Wine
24. American Barley Wine
30a.Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale
34. New England/Juicy DIPA
48a.Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
53. Fruit Gose
64. Marzen / Oktoberfest/(Separated from Vienna)
86. Smoked Porter
93. Wood/Barrel-Aged Fruit Sour
96. Blended Barrel-Aged Beer
111. Tea Beers