2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship Registration is now open
The registration for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship is now open. Brewers can register beers thru May 20. Beers will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between May 20 – May 31. 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 South Carolina to South Korea sent in more than 6,300 beers representing over 100 different styles.
Last year, Peticolas Brewing of Dallas, Texaswas named Grand National Champion after winning three gold medals and two silver medals. It’s gold-medal-winning beers were Black Curtain Imperial Stout, Great Scot! Scottish Ale and Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale. Michael Peticolas, owner and brewmaster, brewed his first batch of beer, the Velvet Hammer Imperial Red Ale at the brewery on December 30, 2011.
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.
Call for Entries
Beers will need to arrive between May 20 – May 31. 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 120 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.