Breweries from across the country sent more than 8000 beers representing over 140 different styles for judging at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, claimed by them to be one of the top 3 beer competitions in the United States. After the U.S. Open Beer Championship results were announced, local brewery, Great Raft Brewing Co., took home two gold medals.
They received a gold medal for their French/Belgian Saison called All My Tomorrow and another gold for their Baltic Porter named Old Mad Joy.
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The U.S. Open Beer Championship judges more beer styles than any other competition in the world. They also are the only major beer competition to allow the gold medal winners of the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition to participate. Due to COVID-19, last year’s AHA’s National Homebrew competition was canceled. Thus, for the first time, no homebrewers competed.
Because of the pandemic, judging was held in both the U.S. and Canada. The main U.S. judging was held at the new U.S. Open Event Center in Oxford, Ohio. The U.S. Open became the first beer competition to be held in its own venue, a 6000 sq. ft. Amish pole barn, located on a small farm.