News 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship - Medal Winners Announced

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  1. dowab

    dowab Initiate (128) Nov 24, 2005 Ohio

    Atlanta, GA (July 4, 2013) - Breweries from around the world sent in more than 2500 beers representing 68 different categories for the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. Judges from England, Canada and the United States announced the winners this week, noting that “The Dairy State” could earn a new moniker, “The Beer State,” based on how well Wisconsin beers fared in the national event. The oldest brewery in the United States and the oldest brewery in the world also medaled.

    Capital Brewery out of Middleton, Wisconsin, was named Grand National Champion, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Last year’s champion, Sweetwater Brewing out of Atlanta, took second, and one of the nation's oldest breweries, Stevens Point Brewing in Stevens Point Wisconsin, took third.

    Complete listing of Medal Winners in the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship
    http://www.usopenbeer.com/
     
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  2. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (1,691) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Well, it does help spotlight some breweries that I'm not familiar with.
     
  3. Bones10

    Bones10 Disciple (321) Feb 23, 2013 Illinois

    OPP (other people's palates). I'm not always down with it.
     
  4. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    I don't believe Capital distributes outside the state (maybe in Northern Illinois, I suppose) and SPB is not particularly well known even in the state but they have pretty wide distribution. Both are expanding. Point is opening the plant for tours starting tomorrow and Capital just signed up to build a new brewing facility about 15 miles down the road (I used to live in the shadow of their Bier Garten. They now have a decent IPA, a bomber series and rotating specials and seasonals. Both have very good price point in the state, but not sure that would make them competitive nationally. Capital is to Madison as what Sam Adams used to be to Boston.
     
  5. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    I have to point this out too:

     
  6. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,274) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    BBC has a production brewery in PA.
     
  7. Quantum_Dong

    Quantum_Dong Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    I don't like to gloat, but ON WISCONSIN
     
  8. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    I'm aware of that. Still I find it interesting that BBC links their competition products to the specific brewing facility that produced them rather than to the headquarters. It's an important distinction that might otherwise escape attention.
     
  9. MrHolland10

    MrHolland10 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Georgia

    In Atlanta...Sweetwater got 2nd.....yeaaaaaaaah
     
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  10. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Likewise, it's important to note the following distinction: August Schell Brewing won the Bronze for "Schell Pils" -only- after MillerCoors bought them and move production to Wisconsin: :sunglasses:

     
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  11. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,260) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Must be true, second time I've read about that...
     
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  12. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,080) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    2 brews from Black Tooth in WY win gold and I've never heard/read of them.
     
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  13. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Yep. With all of the mergers and acquisitions -lately- it's getting hard to know where your beer is brewed! :astonished:
    The U.S. Open Beer Chamionship claims to be:"the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers.", and seeing as how more than a couple of those beers were listed as home-brewed beers, it's possible that you don't get around much anymore, eh? :wink:
     
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  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,080) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    You have read far too many of my posts to hit me back with an...eh? LOL!
     
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  15. kmarti09

    kmarti09 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2011 Minnesota

    As a 6th generation descendent of August Schell and employee at the brewery, I can assure you it was a misprint. We never sold to MillerCoors and our only production facility is still on the original grounds (dating back to 1860) in New Ulm, MN.
     
  16. kmarti09

    kmarti09 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2011 Minnesota

    The Grain Belt brand is also a Schell's Product (still family owned), not a MillerCoors product.
     
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  17. Thurgoft

    Thurgoft Aspirant (237) Mar 22, 2012 California
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    It'd be nice if they could spell the names of their medalists correctly
     
  18. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Awesome to see Reuben's bringing back some medals. Surprised they didn't get anything for their Rye beers, maybe they didn't enter them?
     
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  19. Shagtastic

    Shagtastic Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2011 Indiana

    Once again I'm disappointed to see Johan sent into a competition from Sun King. They continue to vehemently say they will never produce it again yet continue to send it into competitions. I'd love to see them support the locals on this one and put the rest in the market that supports them instead of fishing for medals.
     
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  20. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,018) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Yeah, I love me some Honahpuh's Impertial Stout!
     
  21. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    This is aexacly ow I type after drinkking a bunch f great beers to
     
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  22. jkane101

    jkane101 Devotee (484) Sep 22, 2007 New Jersey
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    It would be a lot more interesting if they provided the names of all the entries for each category, unless I missed it somewhere
     
  23. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,080) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Even though I don't get Schell beers in WY, I'm pleased as punch to read this. Independence rules!
     
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  24. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Well here's a good indicator of how completely meaningless this list is:

    Belgian Lambic
    GOLD - Framboise - Lindermans - Merchant Du Vin

    Boy howdy, that's a real knee slapper!
     
  25. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,408) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Clearly the judges were over 50 years old and of German heritage. Capital is know for their malty brews, that is for sure. Their new IPA is decent and is available in cans; nice low budget beer. I think I'll drink one now.
     
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  26. BrewtopiaofPJ

    BrewtopiaofPJ Initiate (0) May 2, 2011 New York

    Stupidest thing I ever read
     
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  27. No1Smitty

    No1Smitty Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 California
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    Goose island received the gold for Ipa? This list is useless.
     
  28. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

    How does one become a judge? Fill out a form and watch a 15 minute video?
     
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  29. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma


    And to think that I just left 2 cases of the stuff sitting on the shelf at the store today. Guess I'm stuck with a Hop Henge, 6 Modus Hoperandi, and my remaining 4 Heady Toppers.
     
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  30. hellhammermario

    hellhammermario Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 North Carolina

    MOTHER. EARTH. MOTHER. EARTH. MOTHER. EARTH.
     
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  31. TheSevenDuffs

    TheSevenDuffs Poo-Bah (3,011) Jan 20, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
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    There are breweries in Ontario who received multiple awards and aren't even considered to be among the top breweries in Ontario. These awards make me proud and ashamed at the same time. So confused... :confused:
     
  32. jreindl

    jreindl Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    Spot on! I'm a 'sconie, and while Capital and Point are good, not so sure I agree they're gold medal quality.
     
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  33. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,274) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    One fact of competitions like this is that if your favorite brewery did not enter, they had zero chance of winning .

    Judges are often industry people, like brewers, writers, and such. Not random people off of the street.
     
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  34. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (172) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut
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    I nominate this for the best beer name Ive ever heard!
     
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  35. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,377) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Saranac is on the list with their Saranac pale ale taking gold in the english pale ale category, and in the oktoberfest/marzen they took gold with their adirondac lager. No surprise to me is how many times I saw oskar blues. Started tasting them this year and everything they make is outstanding. Looks to me like sweetwater is the one to start trying next.
     
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  36. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (515) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Two from NC--go baby.
     
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  37. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2008 Wisconsin

    Capital is certainly big in Madison, but everyone in the state takes a backseat to New Glarus.
     
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  38. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (415) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Gotta say - Stupid Sexy Flanders is the greatest name for a beer ever.
     
  39. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (415) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    And Expresso Imperial Russian Stout.
     
  40. s_wit

    s_wit Disciple (355) Apr 26, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Agreed! Don't forget about cw, though. Their beer is phenomenal. They can't touch the numbers of ng though. Capital is about my 10th favorite brewery from Wisconsin!
     
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