Minnesota Wins Big at U.S. Beer Open: 7 Breweries Take Home 15 Medals

We all love our Minnesota beers, but as of Monday, the rest of the world stood up and showed that they love it too. At this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship, which features over 6,000 beers from all around the globe with judges from the United States, Canada, and England, the state of Minnesota managed to take home 15 medals for it’s beer in a wide variety of categories.

Of the 15 medals earned in total, they were distributed among seven local breweries including Insight Brewing, Foxhole Brewhouse, ENKI Brewing, August Schell’s Brewing, Spilled Grain Brewing, Badger Hill Brewing, and Able Seedhouse & Brewing. Of all the winners, the folks over at Insight came home with the most medals (4) including 2 bronze, 1 silver, and 1 gold.

When it comes to top earnings, Minnesota got the gold in 4 different categories, including “Old Ale”, “Vienna”, “American Cream Ale”, and “Aged Beer” which went to Foxhole Brewhouse’s Old Snaggletooth, August Schell Brewing’s Firebrick, Spilled Grain Brewhouse’s Kinnikinnick Kream, and Insight Brewing’s Funken City respectively.

The title of Grand Champion went to Cherry Street Brewing Co-op of Cumming, GA who managed to snag three gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals.

You can see a list below of the different categories Minnesota beers took medals in, but if you want a full list of all the winners and categories, you can visit the U.S. Open Beer Championship website.

IPA
Gold – Two Seam – Strike Brewing – California
Silver – Ibex – Crooked Goat Brewing – California
Bronze – Dankbot – Insight Brewing – Minnesota

Bitter
Gold – One Eyed Grouse – Cameron’s Brewing – Ontario
Silver – Lambton Dragon – Insight Brewing – Minnesota
Bronze – Beer 101 Bitter – Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Ontario

English Mild Ale
Gold – Uncle – Rhinegeist Brewery – Ohio
Silver – Pickwick – Mystery Brewing – North Carolina
Bronze – EKG Amber – Foxhole Brewhouse – Minnesota

Brown Porters
Gold –  Capella Porter – Ecliptic Brewing – Oregon
Silver – Ponderous – FigLeaf Brewing – Ohio
Bronze – Devil’s Companion – Insight Brewing – Minnesota
Bronze – Dancing Problems – Wise Man Brewing – North Carolina

Imperial Porter
Gold – Black Eye – Scratchtown Brewing – Nebraska
Silver – Pagan Night – Stilt House Brewery – Florida
Bronze – Cacao Porter – ENKI Brewing – Minnesota

Old Ale
Gold – Old Snaggletooth – Foxhole Brewhouse – Minnesota
Silver – Vintage 2016 – Fortnight Brewing – North Carolina
Bronze – Beer 101 Strong Ale – NC Teaching Brewery –  Ontario

Berliner-Style Weisse
Gold – Coriolis Effect – Sawdust City Brewing – Ontario
Silver – Noble Star Galactic Collision – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
Bronze – Street Weisse – Crooked Lane Brewing – California

American Imperial Pilsner
Gold – Wild Boy Hopped Lager – Straub Brewery – Pennsylvania
Silver – Beavo – Firestone Walker Brewing – California
Bronze – Schell’s American Pale Lager – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota

Marzen / Oktoberfest/
Gold –  Lobo Oktoberfest – Pedernales Brewing – Texas
Silver – Marzen Lager – Revelation Craft Brewing – Delaware
Bronze – Oktoberfest – Spilled Grain Brewhouse – Minnesota

Vienna
Gold –  Firebrick – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
Silver – Gustav – Taft’s Ale House – Ohio
Bronze – 914 Vienna Lager – Yonkers Brewing – New York
Bronze – Thanks for the (Decoctoion) Pot Dan – Derrick Flippin(Homebrewer) – North Carolina

Dopple / Strong Bock
Gold – Regulator – Rahr & Sons Brewing – Texas
Silver – Emancipator – Spilled Grain Brewhouse – Minnesota
Bronze – Spectator – On Tour Brewing – Illinois

American Cream Ale
Gold – Kinnikinnick Kream – Spilled Grain Brewhouse – Minnesota
Silver – NEP Cream Ale – Norris English Pub and Brewery – Indiana
Bronze – Cosmic Cream Ale – Cameron’s Brewing – Ontario
Bronze – Canu – Uberbrew – Montana

Aged Beer
Gold – Funken City – Insight Brewing – Minnesota
Silver – Quadtum Leap – Revelry Brewing – South Carolina
Bronze – Barley Wine 2014 – Latitude 42 Brewing – Michigan

American-Belgo-Style Ale
Gold – Forequarter Five – Great Dane Pub & Brewing – Wisconsin
Silver – White IPA – Badger Hill Brewing – Minnesota
Bronze – Whitewall Wheat – Crank Arm Brewing – North Carolina

Sessions Beer
Gold – Hyper Retro – Platform Beer Company – Ohio
Silver – Blackberry Beret – Yee-Haw Brewing – Tennessee
Bronze – Blk Wlf – Able Seedhouse and Brewery – Minnesota

 

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