Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship Winners

Atlanta, GA(July 4, 2011) -- Winners in the 2011 United States Open Beer Championships - the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home brewers - were announced this week. More than 1200 beers in more than 50 different categories were submitted.

Deschutes Brewing of Bend, Oregon was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold and five silver medals. This is the second time Deschutes has won the U.S. Open title. Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, FL and Grand Teton Brewing of Idaho tied for second by each winning four gold medals and 1 silver. In all, over 70 individual breweries won at least one medal and 20 won two or more.

National Home Brew Winners, Matt Tucker and Jake Tucker from Oviedo, FL won a silver medal for their English Pale. While, Stacy Myers took a bronze for her ale, Horseman of the Hopocalypse Ale in the Rye/Roggen category, and Phil Sullivan also took a bronze for his Sully's Belgian Blonde in the Belgian Ale Category.

"This competition is significant because it accepts entries from breweries around the world and allows national winning homebrews to compete," said Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer Championships. "This year, we had over 20 international breweries entered the competition. Breweries from Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, and England medaled. And this year, the U.S. Open had its first brewery outside the United States to be in the Top 10. Neustadt Brewing from Ontario, Canada finished 8th by winning 2 golds and 2 silvers."

Competing beers were judged in more than 50 different beer style categories. This year's judges were from Australia, England, Canada and the United States.

Along with the medals awarded, a Grand National Champion is awarded based on a point system for beers (five minimum) entered in the competition.


The top 10 breweries based on the number of beers placing first (3 points), second (2 points) or third (1 point) are:

1. Deschutes Brewing, Oregon
2. Cigar City Brewing, Florida
2. Grand Teton Brewing, Wyoming
4. Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts
5. New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
6. Full Sail Ales, Oregon
7. Sprecher Brewing, Wisconsin
8. Neustadt Brewing, Canada
9. Montana Brewing, Montana
10. August Schell, Minnesota
10. Capital Brewing, Wisconsin


The judges also named a "Judges Award" for the top five "most creative names" " Among the judges favorites:

Bear Ass Brown - Silverton Brewing Indiana Krunkles Wheat IPA - Terrapin Beer Company
Mama's Little Yella Pils - Oskar Blues Brewing
Pursuit of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing
Satan's Pony - South Street Brewery

2011 United States Open Medal Winners

Golden or Blonde ale
GOLD - Sweetwater 420 - Sweetwater Brewing
SILVER - Cascade Ale - Deschutes Brewing
BRONZE - Old Faithful Ale - Grand Tetons Brewing

English Summer Ale
GOLD - Sand Bagger Gold - Montana Brewing
SILVER - Twilight Ale - Deschutes Brewing
BRONZE - Summer Squeeze - Bridgeport Brewing

English Pale Ale
GOLD - Mirror Pond Pale Ale - Deschutes Brewing
SILVER - Pale Ale - Matt Tucker - Homebrewer
BRONZE - Full Sail Pale Ale - Full Sail Brewing

English IPA
GOLD - Green Monsta IPA - Wachusetts Brewing
SILVER - Flyin' HI.P.Hay - Maui Brewing
BRONZE - Moylans IPA - Moylans Brewery

Imperial IPA
GOLD - Hop Hedge - Deschutes Brewing
SILVER - Swamp Ape IPA - Florida Beer Company
BRONZE - Moylans Double IPA - Moylans Brewery

Bitter
GOLD - Neustadt Bitter - Neustadt Brewing
SILVER - First Draft - Niagara College
BRONZE - Happy Hour Hero Ale - Montana Brewing

ESB
GOLD - Oasis - Tallgrass Brewing
SILVER - Redhook ESB - Redhook Brewing
BRONZE - Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing

English Mild Ale
GOLD - Mill Race - Grand River Brewing
SILVER - Point 2012 Black Ale - Stevens Point Brewing
BRONZE - Fatbelly Amber - Montana Brewing

English Brown Ale
GOLD - Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
SILVER - Doreens Downtown Brown - Montana Brewing
BRONZE - Bear Ass Brown - Silverton Brewing

Porter
GOLD - LoneRider DeadEye Jack - LoneRider Brewing
SILVER - Black Butte Porter - Deschutes Brewing
BRONZE - Peninsula Porter - Michigan Brewing

Stout
GOLD - Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery
SILVER - Anastasia's Chocolate Stout - South Street Brewery
BRONZE - August Schell Stout - August Schell Brewing

Oatmeal Stout
GOLD - Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout - Samuel Smiths Brewery
SILVER - Shipwreck Stout - Maui Brewing
BRONZE - Alaskan Stout - Alaskan Brewing Company

Imperial Stout
GOLD - Dirac - Cigar City Brewing
SILVER - The Abyss - Deschutes Brewing
BRONZE - Tempest Imperial Stout - Amsterdams Brewing

Old Ale
GOLD - Ubu Ale - Lake Placid Brewing
SILVER - Stomp - Niagara College
BRONZE - Hibernation Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

Barley Wine
GOLD - Stone Old Guardian - Stone Brewing Company
SILVER - Whiteout Winter - Montana Brewing
BRONZE - Rudolph's Red Nose Ale - Niagara College

Scottish Ale
GOLD - Old Chub - Oskar Blues Brewing
SILVER - Wee Heavy - Maui Brewpub
BRONZE - Satan's Pony - South Street Brewery

Strong Scottish Ale
GOLD - Big Sound - Cigar City Brewing
SILVER - Piper's Scotch Ale - Sprecher Brewing
BRONZE - Moylans Kilt Lifter - Moylans Brewing

Irish Red Ale
GOLD - Pursuit of Hoppiness - Grand Teton Brewing
SILVER - O'Regan's Revenge Irish Red Ale - Sound Brewery
BRONZE - Bomber Mountain Amber - Black Tooth Brewing

American Amber / Red
GOLD - Laughing Skull Ale - Redbrick Brewing
SILVER - Big Island Red Giant - Big Island Brewhaus  
BRONZE - Stone Levitation Ale - Stone Brewing

American Pale Ale
GOLD - Teton Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Company
SILVER - Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewing
BRONZE - Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale - Tap Room No. 21 Brewing

American IPA
GOLD - Overboard IPA - Big Island Brewhaus
SILVER - Sisters Of The Moon - Mother Earth Brewing
BRONZE - Stone IPA - Stone Brewing

American Brown Ale
GOLD - Bitch Creek Ale - Grand Teton Brewing
SILVER - 10W30 - Neustadt Brewing
BRONZE - LoneRider Sweet Josie - LoneRider Brewing
BRONZE- Hapa Brown Ale - Hawaii Nui Brewery

German Kolsch
GOLD - Sunner Kolsch - Gebr. Sünner GmbH & Co
SILVER - Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing
BRONZE - Kolsch - Big Bear Brewing

German Wheat
GOLD - Bayern Dragon's Breath - Bayern Brewing
SILVER - Denison's Weissbier - Denison's Brewing Company
BRONZE - Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

German Hefeweizen
GOLD - Ayinger Brau-Weisse - Brauerei Aying
SILVER - Howling Wolf - Grand Teton Brewing
BRONZE - Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing

French / Belgian Saison Ale
GOLD - Grand Saison - Grand Teton Brewing
SILVER - St. Feuillien Saison - Brasserie St. Feuillien
BRONZE - Saison Dupont - Brasserie Dupont

French / Belgian Ale
GOLD - Omer - Brouwerij Bockor
SILVER - Hop Ruiter - Vanberg & Dewulf
BRONZE - Sully's Belgian Blonde - Phil Sullivan

Belgian Abbey Ale - Dubbel
GOLD - New Belgium Abbey - New Belgium Brewing
SILVER - Brother David Double - Anderson Valley Brewing
BRONZE - South Street Dubbel - South Street Brewery

Belgian Abbey Ale - Tripels & Quads
GOLD - Samuel Adams New World Triple - Boston Beer Company
SILVER - Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen
BRONZE - South Street Tripel - South Street Brewery

Belgian Lambic
GOLD - 2010 La Lolie - New Belgium Brewing
SILVER - Sprecher Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing
BRONZE - Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red - Boston Beer Company

Belgian Witbier
GOLD - Oranje Weisse Permium White - Amsterdam Brewery
SILVER - Infinite Wit - Nebraska Brewing
BRONZE - Pike Dry Wit - Pike Brewing

American Light
GOLD - Sam Adams Light - Boston Beer Company
SILVER - Schell Light - August Schell Brewing
BRONZE - Shiner Light Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

American Lager / Pilsener
GOLD - Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company
SILVER - Grain Belt Premium - August Schell Brewing
BRONZE - Goldmine Lager - World Brews

American Premium Lager
GOLD - Session Permium - Full Sail Brewing
SILVER - Florida Lager - Florida Beer Company
BRONZE - Supper Club - Captial Brewery

Bohemian Pilsener
GOLD - Samuel Adams Noble Pils - Boston Beer Company
SILVER - Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner - Harpoon Brewing
BRONZE - Trumer Pils - Trumer Brauerei Berkeley

Geman Lager / Pilsener
GOLD - Neustadt Lager - Neustadt Brewing
SILVER - Summer Pils - Sprecher Brewing
BRONZE - Zatac - Zatecky Pivovar
BRONZE - Helmet Fire - Lexington Ave Brewery

Munchner Helles
GOLD - Shiner Old Time Alt - Spoetzl Brewery
SILVER - Full Sail LTD - Full Sail Ales
BRONZE - Fort Collins 1900 - Fort Collins Brewing

Munchner Dunkel / Dark
GOLD - Sessions Black - Full Sail Ales
SILVER - Sprecher Winter Brew - Sprecher Brewing
BRONZE - Zatec Dark - Zatecky Pivovar

Marzen / Oktoberfest
GOLD - Saranac Adirondack Lager - F.X. Matt Brewing Company
SILVER - Capital Fest - Captial Brewery
BRONZE - Numbskull Oktoberfest - Lexington Ave Brewery

Schwarzbier
GOLD - New Belgium 1544 - New Belgium Brewing
SILVER - Saranac Black Forrest - F.X. Matt Brewing Company
BRONZE - Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing

Bock
GOLD - Fort Collins Maibock - Fort Collins Brewing
SILVER - Sprecher Mai Bock - Sprecher Brewing
BRONZE - Capital Mai Bock - Captial Brewery

Dopple / Strong Bock
GOLD - Capital Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery
SILVER - Capital Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
BRONZE - Redcock Doppel Bock - Maui Brewpub

American Cream Ale
GOLD - Deer Brand - August Schell Brewing
SILVER - El Toro Cream Ale - Fullsteam Brewing
BRONZE - Cameron's Cream Ale - Camerons Brewing

American Wheat
GOLD - Hefeweizen - Widmer Brothers Brewing
SILVER - Sch'Wheat - Sweetwater Brewing
BRONZE - Nude Beach Summer Wheat - Stevens Point Brewing

American Specialty Wheat
GOLD - Boontlinger Weiss - Anderson Valley Brewing
SILVER - Halcyon Wheat Tallgrass
BRONZE - Whitetail Wheat - Montana Brewing

Fruit / Vegetable beer
GOLD - Wailua - Kona Brewing Company
SILVER - The Sour Kraut - Neustadt Springs Brewery
BRONZE - Hell of High Watermelon - 21st Amendment Brewery

Herb and Spice beer
GOLD - Mexican Imperial Stout - Cerveceria Calavera
SILVER - Zingibier - Sam Firke
BRONZE - Coconut Porter - Maui Brewing Company

Chocolate / Cocoa Beer
GOLD - Hunahpu Mayan Chocolate Stout - Cigar City Brewing
SILVER - Maui Imperial Coconut Porter - Maui Brewing
BRONZE - Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Coffee Beer
GOLD - Coffee Porter - LoneRider Brewing
SILVER - Mean Joe Bean - Sweetwater Brewing
BRONZE - Big Shot Espresso Stout - Twisted Pine Brewing Co.

Rye/Roggen
GOLD - Rich & Dan Rye IPA - Harpoon Brewing
SILVER - Wachusett Ryde Beer - Wachusetts Brewing
BRONZE - Horseman of the Hopocalypse - Stacy Myers

Wood / Barrel aged beer
GOLD - Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale - Lexington Brewing
SILVER - Jai Alia White Oak IPA - Cigar Brewing
BRONZE - Humidor IPA - Cigar Brewing

Wood / Barrel aged strong beer
GOLD - Black Betty Imperial Stout - Nebraska Brewing
GOLD - Triple Overhead - Mother Earth Brewing
BRONZE - KGB Woody - Maui Brewing

Smoked / Rauch beer
GOLD - SmokeStack Lager - Maui Brewpub
SILVER - Hogwash - Fullsteam Brewing
BRONZE - Z Lager - Fort Collins Brewing

Specialty / Anything Goes
GOLD - Monk's Indiscretion - Sound Brewing Company
SILVER - Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewing
BRONZE - Maui Onion Ale - Maui Brewpub

Out of Bounds Pale Ale
GOLD - Nickel Brook Headstock - Better Bitters Brewing
SILVER - Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
BRONZE - Maui Black Rock IPA - Maui Brewpub

Best of Show Organic
GOLD - Mothership Wit - New Belgium Brewing
SILVER - Green Lakes Organic Ale - Deschutes Brewing
BRONZE - Organic I.P.A. - Bison Brewing

Experimental
GOLD - Lambrucha - Vanberg & DeWulf
SILVER - White Mountain Porter - Big Island Brewhaus
BRONZE - Indiana Krunkles Wheat IPA - Terrapin Beer Company

Gluten Free Beer
GOLD - Brunehaut Bio Ambrée - Brasserie De Brunehaut
SILVER - Brunehaut Bio Blonde - Brasserie De Brunehaut
BRONZE - Redbridge Beer - Anheuser-Busch

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