Oxford, Ohio (June 2, 2020) – The 2020 U.S. Open Beer Championship, which was postponed due to Covid-19, has been rescheduled.  Registration is open now through Oct. 21, with winners to be announced on December 6.

“We chose December 6 to honor the patron saint of brewers and coopers, St. Nicholas, ” said Dow Scoggins, Director and Head Beer Server of the U.S. Open.  December 6 is St. Nicholas Day.

Due to the impact of the pandemic on the craft brewing industry, brewers can enter two free entries.

Scoggins added that the craft brewing industry worldwide is among the many industries hit hard by Covid-19. “It is our hope that by allowing two free beer entries for all brewers who submit, and by announcing medal-winners just prior to the new year, the U.S. Open can help promote breweries as we turn the corner into 2021,” Scoggins said

More than 7,000 beers, representing more than 130 different styles, were judged during the 2019 U.S. Open event, which is the only brewery competition to include licensed breweries and winners of the American Homebrewers Association competition.  Last year, breweries spanning the globe from Russia to Rhode Island sent their beers. Winning entries can be seen on the U.S. Open Beer Championships website, at www.USOpenBeer.com.

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 in Oxford, Ohio, with more than 130 categories to be judged. Requirements for entry are as follows:

  • Beers will need to arrive between October 21 through October 30.
  • Each brewery may enter a maximum of eight beers.
  • The entry fee will be $75 (with two entries at no charge).
  • A brewery must submit a minimum of five beers to be considered one of the Top Ten Breweries and Grand National Champion.
  • Registration forms  can be found HERE.

The Top 10 breweries overall will be featured on www.BeerInfo.com. Along with awarded medals, a Grand National Champion accolade will be awarded based on a point system for beers entered (five minimum). Last year’s Grand Champion was Sun King Brewing, based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

If brewers have already entered the U.S. Open Beer Championship, they may enter 2 more beers for free or may enter 2 beers for free in the 2021 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Brewers can submit questions at dow_scoggins@hotmail.com and follow the competition on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram. Or, just go to the U.S.Open Beer Championship webage.