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2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship Medal Winners

 More Than 1650 Beers Entered In The 2012 US Open Beer Championship;
Atlanta, Boston, Oregon Breweries Come Out On Top


Atlanta, GA
(July 31, 2012)
 - The 2012 United States Open Beer Championships, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers, announced winners this week. More than 1,650 beers represented 65 different categories.


Sweetwater Brewing of Atlanta, Georgia was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold, three silver, and a bronze medal. Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams, took second, and last year’s winner, Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon, took third.


For the first time in three years, a group of home-brewers won a gold medal in the barley wine style. The winning home-brewing group consisted of Michael Habrat, Chris Bartik, Brett Goldstock, and Suzy Pessutti of San Diego, CA. Other home-brewers, who won medals at the U.S. Open, included silver medalist, Kent Shultz, for his alt-style beer and bronze medalist, David Motter, for his ESB.


“This competition is significant because it accepts entries from breweries around the world and allows national winning home-brews to compete,” said Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer Championships. “More than 1,650 beers were submitted, and, this year, the Top 10 included Niagara College Teaching Brewery from Ontario, Canada, who finished 6th by winning 2 golds and 2 silvers. This Teaching Brewery also sells and distributes its ales and lagers to local retail stores and restaurants. This year, over 20 international breweries entered the competition. Breweries from Canada, Belgium, Iceland, Germany, Mexico, and England medaled.”


Competing beers were judged in 65 different beer style categories. This year’s judges were from 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. Sweetwater Brewing - Atlanta, GA

2. Boston Beer Company - Boston, Massachusetts

3. Deschutes Brewery - Bend, Oregon

4. Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, FL

5. Black Tooth Brewing - Sheridan, Wyoming

6. Niagara College - Niagara College - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
7. Full Sail Brewing - Hood River, Oregon
8. Sprecher Brewing - Glendale, Wisconsin   
9. Morgan Street Brewing - St. Louis, Missouri          
10. Maui Brewing - Lahaina, Hawaii

The judges also named a “Judges Award” for the top ten “most creative names”  ” Among the judges favorites:
1. Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
2. Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout
3. Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
4. When Helles Freezes Over Munchner Helles
5. Nude Beach Summer Wheat
6. Phlux Capacitor Strong Ale
7. Smokey the Bear Rauch
8. Honey, I can explain Ale
9. Hazed & Infused Dry Hopped Ale
10. Rudolph's Red Nose Barley Wine



2012 United States Open Medal Winners 

Golden or Blonde ale

GOLD -  Metolius River Yellow Sally Blonde Ale - World Brews

SILVER -  Sweetwater 420 - Sweetwater Brewing

BRONZE -  Golden Feather Extra Pale Ale - Feather Falls Casino Brewing 

English Summer Ale

GOLD – Twilight Ale – Deschutes Brewery
SILVER -  First Draft Ale – Niagara College

SILVER - Sisters of the Moon - Mother Earth Brewing 


English Pale Ale

GOLD -  Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company

SILVER -  Schooner Pale Ale - Port Jeff Brewing

BRONZE -  Hooligan English Pale Ale - Sprecher Brewing



GOLD -  Inversion IPA - Deschutes Brewery

SILVER -  Full Sail  IPA - Full Sail Ales

BRONZE -  Naughty Native IPA - Feather Falls Casino Brewing 
BRONZE - Buzzsaw IPA - Arbor Brewing


Imperial IPA

GOLD -  Humulo Nimbus - Sound Brewery

SILVER -  Hopasaurs Rex - Steelhead Brewing

BRONZE -  Pugsley's Signature Series XXXX
BRONZE - Incredible Hop Imperial IPA - Fort Collins Brewing



GOLD -  Butler's Bitter - Niagara College
SILVER -  Arkell Best Bitter - Wellington County Brewing
Neustadt Bitter - Neustadt Brewing  



GOLD -  Bitch Creek ESB - Grand Teton Brewing

SILVER -  Stone Pale Ale - Stone Brewing

BRONZE -  Crown Jewels ESB - David Motter

English Mild Ale

GOLD -  Taps Mild Ale - Tapps Brewing

SILVER -  Bear Ass Brown – Silverton Brewing

BRONZE -  Original - Box Car Brewing


English Brown Ale

GOLD -  Samuel Adams Hazel Brown - Boston Brewing Company - Massachusetts

SILVER – Tilburg's Dutch Brown - Konlingshoeven

BRONZE -  Saddle Bronc Brown - Black Tooth Brewing


GOLD -  LoneRider DeadEye Jack - LoneRider Brewing

SILVER -   Exodus Porter - Sweetwater Brewing

BRONZE -  Black Butte Porter – Deschutes Brewery



GOLD -  Stumpy Ridge Stout - Black Tooth Brewing

SILVER -  Happy Ending - Sweetwater Brewing

BRONZE -  Jefferson Stout - Lazy Magnolia Brewing


Oatmeal Stout

GOLD -  Buffalo Sweat Stout - Tallgrass Brewing

SILVER -  Alaskan Stout – Alaskan Brewing Company

BRONZE - Young's Oatmeal Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd


Imperial Stout

GOLD - Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing

SILVER -  Arcadia Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing

BRONZE -  Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout - Nickel Brook Beers
Old Ale 

GOLD -  Sweetwater 15 - Sweetwater Brewing
SILVER -  Iron Duke - Wellington County Brewing

BRONZE -  Fuller's Vintage Ale - Fuller Smith & Turner

Barley Wine

GOLD -  Nevral Rust - Michael Habrat, Chris Bartik, Brett Goldstock, Suzy Pessutti, San Diego, CA

SILVER -  Church on a Hill - Cigar City Brewing

BRONZE -  Cerial Killer - Arcadia Brewing


Scottish Ale

GOLD -  Bomber Mountain Amber - Black Tooth Brewing

SILVER -  Wee Heavy - Maui Brewing

BRONZE -  Scottish Pale Ale – Neustadt Brewing

Strong Scottish Ale

GOLD -  Loch Down - Arcadia Brewing

SILVER -  Old Chub Scotch Ale - Oskar Blues

BRONZE -  Harvest Ale - 16 Mile Brewing


Irish Red Ale

GOLD -  Samuel Adams Irish Red Ale - Boston Beer Company - Pennsylvania

SILVER -  Grizzly Red - Big Bear Brewing           

BRONZE -  Irish Red Ale - Four Horsemen Brewing

American Amber / Red

GOLD -  Epicenter Amber - San Tan Brewing 
SILVER - Red Banshee - Fort Collins Brewing

BRONZE -  Kentucky Ale - Alltech Lexington Brewing
BRONZE - Metolius Amber Ale - World Brews


American Pale Ale

GOLD - Roadside Pale Ale - Mother Road Brewing 

SILVER - Sweatgrass APA - Grand Teton Brewing 

BRONZE - Devils Ale - San Tan Brewing


American IPA

GOLD -  Sweetwater IPA - Sweetwater Brewing 

SILVER -  Bootjack IPA - Icicle Brewing

BRONZE -  Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Brewing


American Brown Ale

GOLD -  Fresh Sticky Nugs - Sweetwater Brewing

SILVER -  Savannah Brown - Coastal Empire Brewing
BRONZE -  10W30 Brown Ale - Neustadt Brewing
BRONZE- Flashback India Brown Ale - Boulder Beer Company


German Alt

GOLD -  Samuel Adams Boston Ale - Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts

SILVER -  Alt - Kent Shultz
BRONZE -  Frankenheim Alt - Privatbrauerei Frankenheim

German Kolsch

GOLD -  Polar Light - Big Bear Brewing

SILVER -  Kentucky Light - Alltech Lexington Brewing

BRONZE - Khos Kolsch - Icicle Brewing 


German Wheat

GOLD -  Tucher Kristall Weizen - Brauerei Tucher Brau

SILVER - Bayern Dragon's Breath – Bayern Brewing

BRONZE - Bayern Face Plant – Bayern Brewing


German Hefeweizen

GOLD –  EOS Hefeweizen - Nebraska Brewing

SILVER - Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying  

BRONZE - Shell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing 


French / Belgian Saison Ale

GOLD - Red Hare Saison - Red Hare Brewing  

SILVER - Raspberry Saison - Stevens Point Brewing 
BRONZE - Golden Cap - New Holland Brewing  


French / Belgian   Ale

GOLD - St. Feuillian Tripple - Brasserie St. Feuillien 

SILVER - Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
BRONZE - La Trappe Triple -
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.


Belgian Abbey Ale 

GOLD - Tripel Entendre - Sound Brewery

SILVER - Belle Star - Lonerider Brewing 

BRONZE - Velvet Rooster - Tallgrass Brewing 


Belgian Lambic

GOLD - The Dissident - Deschutes Brewery

SILVER - Samuel Adams American Kriek - Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts    

BRONZE - Sprecher Kriek Lambic - Sprecher Brewing Comapny  


Belgian Witbier

GOLD - Witty - Chamelon Brewing 

SILVER - La Perouse White - Maui Brewing  

BRONZE - Fu Man Brew - Monday Night Brewing  
American Light

GOLD - Kraftig Light - William H. Busch Brewing

SILVER - Schell Light- August Schell Brewing  

BRONZE - Evans Light Lager - Evans Brewing   


American Lager / Pilsener

GOLD – Bruce County Lager - Neustadt Brewing  

SILVER - Cable Car Lager - World Brews  

BRONZE - Tiger Crystal - Tiger Brewing 


American Premium Lager

GOLD - Session Premium Lager - Full Sail Brewing 

SILVER - Special Lager - Stevens Point Brewing  

BRONZE - Evans Original Lager - Evans Brewing  


American Amber/California Common

GOLD - Southern Lager - FullSteam Brewery

SILVER - Firebrick - August Schell Brewing

BRONZE -Winter Skol - Capital Brewery   


Bohemian Pilsener

GOLD - Golden Pilsner - Morgan Street 

SILVER - Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company - Pennsylvania    

BRONZE - Red Hook Pilsner - Red Hook Brewing 


Geman Lager / Pilsener

GOLD – Cameron's Lager - Cameron's Brewing Company

SILVER - Soaring Eagle Pilsner - Feathers Fall Brewing 

BRONZE - Bayern Pilsner - Bayern Brewing


Munchner Helles

GOLD - Helenboch Beer - Niagara College 

SILVER - When Helles Freezes Over - Morgan Street Brewing   

BRONZE - Full Sail LTD 3 - Full Sail Brewing  


Munchner Dunkel / Dark

GOLD -  Session Black Permium Dark Lager - Full Sail Brewing

SILVER - Capital Dark - Capital Brewery
BRONZE - Winter Brew - Sprecher Brewing


Marzen / Oktoberfest

GOLD - Dirty Face Amber - Icicle Brewing 

SILVER - Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company - Pennsylvania

BRONZE - Point Octoberfest - Stevens Point Brewing 



GOLD - Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing

SILVER -  B3K - Wynkoop Brewing

BRONZE -  Land Ho! - Heavy Seas Brewing
BRONZE - Ligero - Cigar City Brewing


GOLD - Bayern Maibock - Bayern Brewing Company 
SILVER - Capital Mai Bock - Capital Brewery 
BRONZE - Bucking Bock - Rahr and Sons Brewing 
Dopple / Strong Bock
GOLD - Sprecher Dopple Bock - Sprecher Brewing Company  
SILVER - Regulator - Rahr and Sons Brewing
BRONZE - Deviator - Camerons Brewing 

American Cream Ale
GOLD -  Cameron's Cream Ale - Cameron's Brewing
SILVER -  El Toro Cream Ale - Fullsteam Brewery
BRONZE -  Hop Cream - Capital Brewery
American Wheat
GOLD - Honey Wheat Lager - Morgan Street brewing 
SILVER - Indian Summer - Lazy Magnolia Brewing 
BRONZE - White Water Wheat - Grand Canyon Brewing 
American Specialty Wheat
GOLD –  Tallgrass Halcyon - Tallgrass Brewing

SILVER - Haystack Wheat - Left Hand Brewing 

BRONZE - Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company 

Fruit / Vegetable beer

GOLD - Samuel Smith's Apricot Ale - Samuel Smith's Brewing  

SILVER - Sobre Humano Palena'ole - Maui Brewing/Jolly Pumpkin 

BRONZE - Mandarin Gold - Big Island Brewhaus
BRONZE - Spring IPA with Kumquats - Fullsteam Brewery  


Herb and Spice beer

GOLD - Yule 2011 - Calavera

SILVER - Coconut Porter - Maui Brewing  

BRONZE - Fire Side Chat - 21st Amendment Brewing
BRONZE - White Mountain Porter - Big Island Brewhaus


Chocolate / Cocoa Beer

GOLD - Honahpu's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

SILVER - Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock - Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts    

BRONZE -   Banana Split Chocolate Stout - Thomas Creek Brewing Company  

Coffee Beer

GOLD - Big Shot Espresso Stout - Twisted Pine Brewing 

SILVER - Espresso Porter - South Street Brewing
BRONZE - Drip Dry Coffee Stout - Maui Brewing 

Baltic Porter

GOLD -   Kalevipoeg Baltic Porter - Cigar City Brewing

SILVER - Black Eagle Porter - Black Tooth Brewing

BRONZE - Big George - Icicle Brewing



GOLD -  Rich and Dan's Rye IPA - Harpoon Brewing

SILVER -  Rye Pale Ale - South Street Brewing

BRONZE - Emerald Rye - August Shell Brewing


Wood / Barrel aged beer

GOLD -  Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – Lexington Brewing

SILVER -  Innis and Gunn Original - Innis and Gunn

BRONZE -   Barrel Aged Porter - Port Jeff Brewing


Wood / Barrel aged strong beer

GOLD -  Utopias 2011 - Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts
Silver -  Bertwell Barrel Aged Barley Wine - Niagara College

BRONZE -  2010 Old Guardian Barley Wine - Stone Brewing


Smoked / Rauch beer

GOLD - Lava Smoked Imperial Stout - Olvisholt 

SILVER - Samuel Adams Cinder Block - Boston Beer Company -  Pennsylvania

BRONZE - Smokey the Bear - Big Bear Brewing  

Specialty / Anything Goes 
GOLD -  Honey, I Can Explain - South Street Brewing
SILVER - Golden Sabbath - Big Island Brewhaus
BRONZE - Allies Win the War - 21st Amendment Brewing
BRONZE - Leviathan Red Squared - Harpoon Brewing
Out of Bounds Pale Ale
GOLD - Silverback Pale Ale - Wynkoop Brewing  
SILVER - Headstock IPA - Nickel Brook Beers    
BRONZE - Indian Paintbrush Ale - Black Tooth Brewing 

Best of Show Organic
GOLD -  Foret Organic - Brasserie Dupont
SILVER - Baba - Unita Brewing
BRONZE - OB1 - Snake River Brewing
BRONZE - Steamee Summer - Orlando Brewing  

Gluten Free
GOLD -  Brunehaut Amber - Brunehaut Brewing
SILVER - Brunehaut Blond - Brunehaut Brewing
BRONZE - Gluten Free - Nickel Brook Beers


Orange Avenue Wit - Cornado Brewing 
Chocolate Orange IPA - Thomas Creek Brewing
BRONZE - Anniversay Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

Session Beer

GOLD - Bitter American - 21st Amendment Brewing 
SILVER - Easy Rider - Terrapin Beer Company 
BRONZE -  Samuel Adams Belgian Session Ale - Boston Beer Company - Ohio

American Black Ale
GOLD - Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing 
Back in Black - 21st Amendment 
Hop in the Dark - Deschutes Brewery
BRONZE - Bubhe - Uinta Brewing

Baltic Porter

GOLD - Kalevipoeg Porter - Cigar City Brewing
SILVER - Black Eagle Porter - Black Tooth Brewing 
BRONZE -  Big George - Icicle Brewing
Wood Barrel Aged Sour
GOLD - Window Pane Blackberry - Mother Earth Brewing
SILVER - Framboozled - Arbor Brewing 
BRONZE - Samuel Adams Stoneybook Red - Boston Beer Company  - Massachusetts
Wood Barrel Imperial Stout
GOLD -  Love Craft Beer - Calavera 
SILVER - Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing  
BRONZE - Black Betty Imperial Stout - Nebraska Brewing
BRONZE - Silent Night Imperial Stout - Mother Earth Brewing 

Root Beer

GOLD - Saranac Root Beer - F.X. Matt Brewing
SILVER - Mount Angel Root Beer - Mount Angel 
BRONZE - Permium Root Beer - Stevens Point Brewing
BRONZE - Steelhead Rootbeer - Steelhead Brewing 

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(*) The Carolina BrewMasters hold an annual homebrew competition called the US Open. This homebrew competitionis is open to all North American homebrewers and is a fully sanctioned BJCP event. This competition was started in 1991.

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