2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship
U.S. Open Beer
Championship Announces Dates for 2016 Competition
Oxford, Ohio (January, 2016) - The entry date for the 2016 U.S.
Open Beer Championship will be June 3, 2016 with the winners
announced on July 11th. The U.S. Open is the only brewery
competition to include professional breweries and award-winning
home brewers. Last year, breweries from China to the Czech
Republic sent in almost 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90
different styles for the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship. This
competition includes professional breweries and invited
Ballast Point Brewing in San Diego, California was named Grand
National Champion by winning three gold medals and one silver
medal. Their three beers that were awarded gold medals were
Ballast Point Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale and Sculpin IPA.
Lakewood Brewing from Garland, Texas place second while Revelry
Brewing of Charleston, South Carolina took home third.
Gold medal winners from last year's American Homebrewers
Association’s National Homebrew Competition also competed.
Homebrewer Scott Hixson took home a silver medal for his YYY's
Man Says in the German Wheat Category while Jeff Carlson grabbed
the bronze medal for his Westside Sweet Heat spiced cider. In
the Marzen/Oktoberfest Style, Nick Rodammer also won a bronze.
2016 U.S. Open - Ciders
Due to the success of last year's ciders, The U.S. Open will
start a new championship. In October, the 2016 U.S. Open Cider
Championship will be held in Oxford, Ohio just a couple hours
drive from the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, OH. 10
categories will be judged including New World Ciders, English
Ciders, and Specialty Ciders and Perry.
Call for Entries
This year, the U.S. Open will be held in Oxford, OH (Just
outside of Cincinnati). Beers will need to arrive between May 23
– June 3. Each brewery may enter a maximum of 10 beers. Entry
fee will be $60 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 90 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. The point system
will be 10 points for a gold, 5 for a silver, 3 for a bronze, 2
for a 4th place finish and 1 for a fifth place finish.
The U.S. Open Beer Championship is sponsored by
(*) The Carolina BrewMasters hold an annual homebrew competition called the US Open. This homebrew competition is open to all North American homebrewers and is a fully sanctioned BJCP event. This competition was started in 1991.