2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship Crowns "Grand National Champion" and Medal Winners

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  1. dowab

    dowab Initiate (114) Nov 24, 2005 Ohio

    Oxford, Ohio (July 9, 2019) – Breweries from Russia to Rhode Island sent in more than 7,000 beers representing over 130 different styles for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship. The competition is the only one to include beers from professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers, with judges from England, Canada and the United States.

    Sun King Brewing from Indianapolis, Indiana was named Grand National Champion after winning three gold medals and three silver medals. Sun King’s gold medal winners included Pachanga Pilsner, Cherry Busey Belgian Fruit Beer and Midnight Choir Wild Beer. Sun King’s silver medal winners were Shadow Proof Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Proof and Brandy Barrel Aged Touched by an Angel.
    Complete Medal Listing:
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  2. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (491) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I'm guessing that this is typo (should be 2019), but here is there top brewery list:

    Top 10 Breweries 2018
    1. Sun King Brewing Co.
    2. Reuben’s Brews
    3. Monday Night Garage
    4. Altstadt Brewery
    5. Cherry Street Brewing
    6. Piney River Brewing Co.
    7. Main & Six Brewing Company
    8. Perrin Brewing Company
    9. Florida Avenue Brewing
    10. Cigar City Brewing
    10. Birds Fly South Ale Project
    10. Wise Man Brewing

    Other than Sun King and Cigar City, I'm not familiar with any of the other breweries. I think that is probably a good thing!
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  3. islay

    islay Aspirant (264) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    Main & Six is an excellent, well-rounded, intelligent, non-hype brewery in Jacksonville, and I consider it easily one of the best breweries in Florida. It's nice to see it get some positive national recognition.
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  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,624) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Same here except I believe that I heard of Perrin.
  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,624) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I'm not too fond of the styles beers are put into. Examples: Boston Lager an Altbier, Black Tooth Saddle Bronc Brown an English Mild??

    Okay, I misread, but how is Boston Ale an Alt?
    #5 Bitterbill, Jul 9, 2019
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  6. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (224) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I've never had a chance to go by Altstadt when I'm in Fredericksburg for work, but I'm bound and determined to make time to do so at some point.

    Piney River - Black Walnut Wheat is my overall favorite from them (I buy a 6-pack every time I'm in MO); I've had BA Raise A Ruckus but the non-BA version is better; Hot Date (Amber Ale w/ chipotle & dates) was/is phenomenal; Old Tom Porter is a solid lightweight porter; River Access Ozark Lager is a good beer for the lake or after mowing the lawn. I've never had Crankbait Cream Ale, but I've never been a big fan of Cream Ales to begin with.
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  7. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 Savant (921) May 2, 2010 Ohio

    Congrats to all of the winners. To bad I will never taste 99.9% of them...
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  8. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (483) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Hooray Gusano Borracho from Benchtop! The drunken worm!
  9. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Crusader (711) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois
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    Perrin is out of Michigan. The funny thing is the only beer most people no them for is No Rules. While very good, it is very sweet.

    I couldn’t name another beer they make to be honest and I’m sure I’m not the only BA in that boat...
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  10. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (367) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Thought Boston Lager was a Vienna.

    Just checked their website to confirm and it just says “Style: Lager”

    Jesus, do we need to dumb everything down for people these days?
    #10 beardown2489, Jul 10, 2019
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  11. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,030) Sep 24, 2007 Montserrat

    We live in the age of Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and selfies.

    Not sure how much more we can dumb things down.
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  12. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,783) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    That's what the Boston Beer Co.'s website also used to claim:
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  13. johnyb

    johnyb Defender (665) Aug 11, 2012 Florida

    Seeing Cigar City on the list at 10 no surprise, but Florida Avenue Brewing at number 9 is.
  14. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,156) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I believe it listed Boston Ale as an Altbier.
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  15. Max_W

    Max_W Disciple (349) Jun 14, 2013 New York
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    Reubens is an awesome spot, Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, WA. Highly recommend checking out if you get the chance, recently opened a new taproom too (I believe)

    Big fan of their gose (regular and holiday), IPAs are solid too especially triple crush. Not as much experience with their stouts but have heard good things
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  16. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,353) Jan 18, 2003 Illinois

    American Premium Lager
    Gold: Point Special Lager – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin

    Congrats to Point. I just picked some of this up to see if I can taste the difference since they stopped using corn and went back to all malt.
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  17. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,294) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Such style shifts for competitions aren't uncommon. Boston Ale is listed as an English pale here, but BBC considers it an American stock ale. It's won in the Altbier category in other competitions, so BBC must feel that that beer competes well in that category. According to BBC, it is "fermented at cooler almost lager like temperatures and conditioned much longer than most ales" - so that's probably why they enter it in the Alt category.
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  18. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,294) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    The 18 different categories for barrel-aged beers are the stuff of parody. Do we really need a tequila barrel category if there's already a "non whiskey" barrel category? Ditto for the "peanut butter" category and separate "nut" category... and yeah, I know a peanut isn't a nut, but neither is a pistachio (a pistachio beer won in the nut category), and more importantly, a peanut butter beer actually won in the nut category. This is not a sign of a healthy beer scene. :wink:
  19. stevepat

    stevepat Defender (650) Mar 12, 2013 California

    A prominent cannabis competition recently scrapped their old categories in favor of 5 "taste profile" categories. I think bet competitions could learn from doing a similar thing. Give the brewers a handful of broad flavor types, maybe put 2 or 3 strength tiers in each and let them enter where they see fit. It would make for more useful info for consumers (I really want a high abv earthy beer, wonder what a good option is?) but it would greatly reduce the number of awards given which seems to be the opposite of most competition MOs
  20. dowab

    dowab Initiate (114) Nov 24, 2005 Ohio

  21. dowab

    dowab Initiate (114) Nov 24, 2005 Ohio

    I confess to the typo. Supposed to be 2019. My proof reader did not catch it either. Too many beers.
  22. dowab

    dowab Initiate (114) Nov 24, 2005 Ohio

    Cigar City has been in the top 10 for 8 years straight
  23. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Crusader (751) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    Two Georgia breweries in the top ten. Nice to see.

    Cherry Street and Monday Night do a great job across the board.