Minnesota breweries take home hardware from 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

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August Schell Brewing Company won a gold medal for its Hefeweizen in the German Hefeweizen category, and took home silver for Firebrick in the American Amber/California Common category at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Two Minnesota breweries took home awards at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held recently in Oxford, Ohio, at which nearly 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles went up against one another in blind taste tests scored by judges from the U.S., Canada, and England.

New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing Company won (another) gold medal for its Hefeweizen in the German Hefeweizen category, and took home silver for Firebrick in the American Amber/California Common category. In addition, Shakopee’s Badger Hill Brewing won a silver medal for its White IPA in the Out of Bounds Pale Ale specialty category.

Ballast Point Brewing from San Diego, California, was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals (for Ballast Point Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale and Sculpin IPA) and one silver. Lakewood Brewing from Garland, Texas, placed second and Revelry Brewing of Charleston, South Carolina, took home third.

The complete list of winners can be found below:

Golden or Blonde Ale
GOLD – Blonde – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – North Carolina
SILVER – Hijack – Infamous Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Sunlight Cream Ale – Sun King Brewing – Indiana

English Summer Ale
GOLD – Lean or Fat? – Revelry Brewing – South Carolina
SILVER – Nerd Alert – Monday Night Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Lil Sunshine Golden Ale – Latitude 42 Brewing – Michigan

English Pale Ale
GOLD – Ballast Point Pale Ale – Ballast Point Brewing(Miramar) – California
SILVER – Roadside – Mother Road Brewing – Arizona
BRONZE – Royal Scandal – Peticolas Brewing – Texas

IPA
GOLD –  HopShock IPA – SanTan Brewing – Arizona
SILVER – PsycHOPathy – Madtree Brewing – Ohio
BRONZE –  Hopsecutioner – Terrapin Beer – Georgia

Imperial IPA
GOLD – Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 – Stone Brewing – California
GOLD – Simtra – Knee Deep Brewing – California
SILVER –  Comatose Imperial IPA – Goodlife Brewing – Oregon
BRONZE – Two Stroke – Motorworks Brewing – Florida

Bitter
GOLD – Wisco Disco – Stillmank Brewing – Wisconsin
SILVER – Butler’s Bitter – Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Canada
BRONZE – Mill Gap English Bitter – Neustadt Springs Brewery – Canada

ESB
GOLD – Calico – Ballast Point Brewing(Miramar) – California
SILVER – Broken English – Gino’s Brewing – Illinois
BRONZE – Public Ale – Community Beer – Texas
BRONZE – Equilibrium – Nickel Brook Brewing – Canada

English Mild Ale
GOLD – Mill Race Mild – Grand River Brewing – Ontario
SILVER – Ever Ard – Neustadt Springs Brewery – Ontario
BRONZE – Sliding Rock Ale – BearWaters Brewing – North Carolina

Brown Ale
GOLD – Full Sail Amber Ale – Full Sail Brewing – Oregon
SILVER – Bunyan Badger – Badger State Brewing – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Georgia Brown – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
BRONZE – Camerons White Oat Savant – Cameron’s Brewing – Canada

Brown Porter
GOLD – Black Butte Porter – Deschutes Brewery – Oregon
GOLD – Mission Control – 8th Wonder Brewery – Texas
SILVER – Black Marlin – Ballast Point Brewin(Miramar) – California
BRONZE – Dark Knight – Norris English Pub and Brewery – Indiana

Robust Porter
GOLD – Cacique – Cigar City Brewpub – Florida
SILVER – Gaspar’s Porter – Florida Beer Company – Florida
BRONZE – Porter – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – North Carolina
BRONZE – Draken Robust Porter – Kelsen Brewing – New Hampshire

Classic Irish Dry Stout
GOLD – Murphy’s Stout – Murphy Brewery – Imported by U.S. Beverage
SILVER – Kiss my Irish Stout – Lynnwood Brewing – North Carolina
BRONZE – Classic Dry Irish Stout – Reuben’s Brews – Washington

Foreign Stout
GOLD – Brewmaster Stout – Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Canada
SILVER – Obsidian Stout – Deschutes Brewery – Oregon
BRONZE – The Killarney Connection – Gino’s Brewing – Illinois

American Stout
GOLD – Happy Ending – Sweetwater Brewing – Georgia
SILVER – Big Mistake Stout – Cobra Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Jo-Jo’s Midnight Stout – Fifth Street Brewpub – Ohio

Cream Stout
GOLD – Chocolate Stout – Shannon Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Mad River Milk Stout – The Dayton Beer Company – Ohio
BRONZE – Volcano Mudslide Sweet Stout – Feather Falls Casino Brewing – California

Oatmeal Stout
GOLD – Starboard Oatmeal Stout – Port Jeff Brewing – New York
SILVER – Alaskan Oatmeal Stout – Alaskan Brewing Company – Alaska
BRONZE – Pure Imagination – Verboten Brewing –  Colorado

Imperial Stout
GOLD – Zhukov’s Imperial Stout – Cigar City Brewing – Florida
SILVER – Stone Imperial Russian Stout – Stone Brewing – California
BRONZE – Undead Party Crasher – Clown Shoes Brewing –  Massachusetts

Old Ale
GOLD – Good Faith – Discretion Brewing – California
SILVER – Pratt’s Strong Ale – Wormtown Brewery – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Gnome Lord – Pecan Grill & Brewery – New Mexico

Barley Wine
GOLD – March to the Sea – Coastal Empire/Burnt Hickory Collaboration – Georgia
SILVER – Sledge Hammer – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Barley Wine 2014 – Latitude 42 Brewing – Michigan

Scottish Ale
GOLD – Scotch Ale – Guadalupe Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Great Scot!  – Peticolas Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Old Chub, Oskar Blues Brewing – Colorado

Strong Scottish Ale
GOLD –  Oh My Darlyn! – Revelry Brewing – South Carolina
SILVER – Traquair House Ale – Imported by Merchan du Vin – Scotland
BRONZE – Big Sound – Cigar City Brewing – Florida

Irish Red Ale
GOLD – O’Sonset – Four Sons Brewing – California
SILVER – McKinney Eddy Amber – Piney River Brewing –  Missouri
BRONZE – Irish Goodbye – Peticolas Brewing – Texas

American Amber / Red
GOLD – Flagstaff Amber – Bootstrap Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Daylight Amber – Track 7 Brewing – California
BRONZE – The Bee’s Knees – Eudora Brewing – Ohio

Imperial Red Ale
GOLD – G’Knight Imperial Red Ale – Oskar Blues Brewery – Colorado
GOLD – Carrack Imperial Red Ale – Mission Brewery – California
SILVER – Speedwobble – Barly Brown’s Beer – Oregon
BRONZE – Velvet Hammer – Peticolas Brewing – Texas

American Pale Ale
GOLD –  Osiris Pale Ale – Sun King Brewing – Indiana
SILVER –  The Public Ale – DC Brau Brewing – Washington DC
BRONZE –  Gamma Ray – Lake Bluff Brewing – Illinois

American IPA
GOLD – Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing(Miramar) – California
SILVER – Be Hoppy – Wormtown Brewery – Massachusetts
BRONZE – The Corruption – DC Brau Brewing – Washington DC

American Brown Ale
GOLD – Paradigm Brown Ale – Kelsen Brewing – New Hampshire
SILVER – Locomotive Brown Ale – Gillette Brewing – Wyoming
BRONZE – Terrestrial India Brown Ale – Wellington Brewery – Canada
BRONZE – Rogue Farms Fresh Roast Ale – Rogue Ales – Oregon

American-Style Black Ale
GOLD – Carlton – Melvin Brewing – Wyoming
SILVER – Black Imperial IPA – Reuben’s Brews – Washington
BRONZE – Bet on Black – Feather Falls Casino Brewing – Califonia

Altbier
GOLD –  Altbier – Wolf Hills Brewing – Virginia
SILVER – Mountaineer Bier – North Slope Brewing – Pennsylvania
BRONZE – Dirty Little Sticke – Uberbrew – Montana

German Kolsch
GOLD – Gateway Kolsch – Sawdust City Brewing – Canada
SILVER – Flying Bison Buffalo Kolsch – FX Matt Brewing – New York
BRONZE – Kolsch – Liquid Mechanics – Colorado

German Wheat
GOLD – Lobo Krystall Weizen – Pedernales Brewing – Texas
SILVER – YYY’s Man Says – Scott Hixson – Mississippi
BRONZE – Weihenstephan Vitus – Weihenstephan – Germany

German Hefeweizen
GOLD – Hefeweizen – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
Silver – Warthog Wheat – Wormtown Brewery – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Shotgun Betty – Lonerider Brewing – North Carolina

French / Belgian Saison
GOLD – Belgian Farmhouse Saison – Aspen Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Till & Toll – Lakewood Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Les Grisettes – Greenbench Brewing – Florida

Belgian Pale Ale
GOLD – Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale – Bab’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse – California
SILVER – The Citizen – DC Brau Brewing – Washington DC
BRONZE – Gino’s Pale Ale – Gino’s Brewing – Illinois

French / Belgian Ale
GOLD – Mavericks Belgian Golden Strong – Half Moon Bay Brewing – California
SILVER – Biere de Mars – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Michigan
BRONZE  – Red Headed Stranger – Brasserie St. James –  Nevada

Belgian Dubbel
GOLD – Mons Dubbel d’Abbaye – Belgh Brasse – Canada
SILVER – Sugar Creek Dubbel – Sugar Creek Brewing – North Carolina
BRONZE – Abbey – New Belgium Brewing – Colorado
Belgian Tripel
GOLD – Saint Dymphna – Lakewood Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Abbey Triple – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin
BRONZE – New World Tripel – Boston Beer Company

Belgian Quadrupel
GOLD – Apis IV – Elevation Beer – Colorado
SILVER – Inspiration – Community Beer – Texas
BRONZE – Tarnation – Melvin Brewing – Wyoming

Belgian Lambic
GOLD – Hidden Barrel Kriek – AC Golden Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Plum Lambic – Brasserie St. James – Nevada
BRONZE – Lindemans Cuvee Rene Oude Geuze – Lindemans – Belgium
BRONZE – Uber – Nickel Brook Brewing – Canada

Belgian Witbier
GOLD – Mons Witte d’Abbaye – Belgh Brasse – Canada
SILVER – Florida Cracker – Cigar City Brewing – Florida
BRONZE – Beach Beer – Port Jeff Brewing – New York

American Light
GOLD – Kraftig Light – William K Busch Brewing – Missouri
SILVER – Southern Belle – Rock N Dough Pizza and Brew – Tennessee
BRONZE – McGargles Fancy Frank’s Lager – Rye River Brewing – Ireland

American Lager / Pilsener
GOLD – Full Sail Cascade Pilsner – Full Sail Brewing – Oregon
SILVER – Pine Mountain Pils – Deschutes Brewery – Oregon
BRONZE – Blue Paddle – New Belgium Brewing – Colorado

American Premium Lager
GOLD –  Florida Lager – Florida Beer Company – Florida
SILVER –  Point Special Lager – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Lagunitas PILS – Lagunitas Brewing – California

American Amber/California Common
GOLD – Little Goose Lager – Black Tooth Brewing – Wyoming
SILVER –  Firebrick – August Schell Brewing – Minnesota
BRONZE – Wisconsin Amber – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin

Bohemian Pilsener
GOLD – Summer Pils – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin
SILVER – Sheridan Pilsner – Black Tooth Brewing – Wyoming
BRONZE – Daytonian Rhapsody – Eudora Brewing – Ohio

German Lager / Pilsener
GOLD – Barmen – AC Golden Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – Punxsutawney Pils – Wormtown Brewing – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Euchre Pilsner – Arbor Brewing – Michican

Munchner Helles, Light
GOLD – LaSalle St Lager – Gino’s Brewing – Illinois
SILVER – Indians Lager – Sun King Brewing – Indiana
BRONZE – Melle’s Helles – Revelry Brewing – South Carolina

Munchner Dunkel / Dark
GOLD –  Capital Dark – Capital Brewery – Wisconsin
SILVER – Dark Cloud – Mother Earth Brewing – North Carolina
BRONZE – Czechvar Dark – Budějovický Budvar – Czech Republic

Marzen / Oktoberfest
GOLD – Lobo Oktoberfest – Pedernales Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Lakewood Lager – Lakewood Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Rodtoberfest – Nick Rodammer – Michigan

Schwarzbier
GOLD – Ugly Pug – Rahr & Sons Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Lobo Negro – Pedernales Brewing  – Texas
BRONZE – Bayern Schwarzbier – Bayern Brewing – Montana

Bock/Maibock
GOLD –  Mele Maibock – Big Island Brewhaus – Hawaii
SILVER – Lazy Marmot – Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho
BRONZE – Bock of the Future – Stillmank Brewing – Wisconsin

Dopple / Strong Bock
GOLD – Bayern Doppelbock – Bayern Brewing – Montana
SILVER – Dopplebock – Specher Brewing – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Bis Spaterator – Melvin Brewing – Wyoming

Baltic Porter
GOLD – Barometter Drop – Ballast Point Brewing(Little Itlay) – California
SILVER – Baltic Porter – Elm City Brewing Company – New Hampshire
BRONZE – Sinebrychoff Porter – Oy Sinebrychoff Ab – Finland

American Cream Ale
GOLD –  Crankbait – Piney River Brewing – Missouri
SILVER – Gullah Cream Ale – Revelry Brewing – South Carolina
BRONZE – Crooked Road – Sunken City Brewery – Virginia

American Wheat
GOLD –  Hop’N Wheat – Pecan Grill & Brewery – New Mexico
SILVER – Rock Ryder – Lakewood Brewing  – Texas
BRONZE – Halcyon – Tallgrass Brewing – Kansas

American Dark Wheat
GOLD –  Shredder’s Wheat – Barley Brown’s Beer – Oregon
SILVER – Black Walnut Wheat – Piney River Brewing – Missouri
BRONZE – Harley’s Honey Wheat – City Star Brewing  – Colorado

American Specialty Wheat
GOLD –  Snapshot Wheat – New Belgium Brewing – Colorado
SILVER – WeldWerks Hefeweizen – WeldWerks Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Beachcruiser Wheat – Latitude 42 Brewing – Michigan

Fruit Beer
GOLD – Tricycle Grapefruit Radler – Parallel 49 – Canada
SILVER – UFO Big Squeeze Grapefruit Shandy – Harpoon Brewery – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Samuel Adams Porch Rocker – Samuel Adams Brewery – Pennylvania

Vegetable beer
GOLD – Pumpkin Texas Honey Ale – Guadalupe Brewing – Texas
SILVER – Noppie Cukes – North Slope Brewing – Pennsylvannia
BRONZE – Menger 32 – Branchline Brewing – Texas
BRONZE – Carver – Fullsteam Brewery – North Carolina

Herb and Spice beer
GOLD – Mission Hard Root Beer – Mission Brewery – California
SILVER – Hobby Farm – Piney River Brewing – Missouri
BRONZE – JPs Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin

Chocolate / Cocoa Beer
GOLD – Dark Persuasion – Icicle Brewing – Washington
SILVER – Shake Chocolate Porter – Boulder Beer – Colorado
BRONZE – Popol Vuh – Cigar City Brewpub – Florida

Coffee Beer
GOLD – Whole Hog Expresso Stout – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin
SILVER – Coffee Ruckus – Melvin Brewing – Wyoming
BRONZE – Breakfast Stout – Barley Browns Beer – Oregon

Rye / Roggen Beer
GOLD –  Rastafarye Ale – Blue Point Brewing – New York
SILVER – Common Ride – Main Street Brewing – Illinois
BRONZE – Woodcutter Rye IPA – Branchline Brewing – Texas

Smoked / Rauch beer
GOLD – Smoked Porter – Alaskan Brewing – Alaska
SILVER – Visionary 2015 – Rahr & Sons – Texas
BRONZE – Samuel Adams Cinder Bock – Boston Beer Company – Massachusetts

Barrel Aged
Wood / Barrel aged pale beer
GOLD – Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA – Alltech Lexington Brewing – Kentucky
SILVER – Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak – Innis & Gunn – Scotland
BRONZE – Innis & Gunn Original – Innis & Gunn – Scotland

Wood / Barrel Aged Dark Beer
GOLD – Innis & Gunn Rum Aged – Innis & Gunn – Scotland
SILVER – Barrel Aged Savannah Brown – Coastal Empire Beer Co – Georgia
BRONZE –   Figs and Raisins – Mother Earth Brewing – North Carolina

Wood / Barrel Aged Strong Beer
GOLD – 10×2 Barleywine – Fifty West Brewing – Ohio
SILVER – 1314 – Black Tooth Brewing – Wyoming
BRONZE – Damebier – Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative – Georgia

Wood / Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
GOLD – The Abyss – Deschutes Brewery – Oregon
SILVER – Bourbon Barrel Temptress – Lakewood Brewing
BRONZE – Barrel-Aged Stupid Stout – Coronado Brewing – California
BRONZE – Black Betty – Nebraska Brewing – Nebraska

Wood / Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
GOLD –  Roeselare – Perrin Brewing – Michigan
SILVER –  Cherry Busey – Sun King Brewing  – Indiana
BRONZE –  American Sour – Grand Teton Brewing – Idaho

Category Special

Aged Beer
GOLD –  Pike 2010 Old Bawdy – The Pike Brewing – Washington
SILVER – Sayer’s Swap Barleywine – Cape May Brewing – New Jersey
BRONZE – Brado’s Cute – Lakewood Brewing –  Texas

Out of Bounds Pale Ale
GOLD – All My Tomorrows – Great Raft Brewing – Louisiana
SILVER – White IPA – Badger Hill Brewing – Minnesota
BRONZE – Hazed Hoppy Session – Boulder Beer Company – Colorado

Out of Bounds IPA
GOLD – White IPA – Wolf Hills Brewing – Virginia
SILVER – Grapefruit IPA – Tailgate Beer – Tennessee
Bronze – Red Hop Rye – Second Self Beer Company – Georgia

Experimental Beer
GOLD – Salty Stout – Parallel 49 Brewing – Canada
SILVER – JPs Casper White Stout – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin
BRONZE – Pike Local Alba – The Pike Brewing Co – Washington

Specialty / Anything Goes
GOLD – Paid Time Off – 3 Sheeps Brewing – Wisconsin
SILVER – 2nd Anniversary Ale – Branchline Brewing
BRONZE – Samuel Adams Honey Queen – Samuel Adams Brewery – Pennsylvania

Sessions Beer
GOLD – Sun Drenched – Denver Beer Company – Colorado
SILVER – Take 5 Session IPA – Harpoon Brewery – Massachusetts
BRONZE – Slow Ride – New Belgium Brewing – Colorado

Gluten-Free Beer
GOLD – Vanishing Point Pale Ale – Ghostfish Brewing – Washington
Silver – Skakparo – Sprecher Brewing – Wisconsin
Bronze – Green’s Gluten-Free IPA – Green’s Belgium

Near Gluten-Free Beer
GOLD –  Stone Delicious IPA – Stone Brewing – California
SILVER – Daura Damm – – Imported by U.S. Beverage – Spain

Strong Imperial Brown Ale
GOLD –  Bolita – Cigar City Brewing – Florida
SILVER –  Imperial American Brown Ale – Shanghai Brewery – China
BRONZE – Gnarly Brown – Madtree Brewing – Ohio

American Imperial Porter
GOLD –  Black Eye – Scratchtown Brewing – Nebraska
SILVER – E.Z.E – Melvin Brewing – Wyoming
BRONZE –  Imperial Porter – Liquid Mechanics  – Colorado

American Imperial Pilsner
GOLD –  4 Hour Pils – Latitude 42 Brewing – Michigan
SILVER – Colorado Native IPL – AC Golden Brewing – Colorado
BRONZE – Liqueur De Malt – Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Canada

Gose
GOLD – Provisions and Traditions Vol. 2 – Great Raft Brewing –
SILVER – Roll in Ze’ Hay – Verboten Brewing –  Colorado
BRONZE – The Kimmie, the Yink and the Holy Gose – Anderson Valley Brewing – California

Category Ciders

New World Ciders
GOLD –  OutCider – 2 Towns Ciderhouse – Oregon
SILVER –  Angry Orchard Crisp Apple – Angry Orchard – Massachusetts
BRONZE –  Woodchuck Amber – Vermont Hard Cider – Vermont

English Cider
GOLD –  Thatchers Gold – Thatchers Cider – United Kingdom
SILVER –  Kelly’s Traditional Hard Cider – Florida Beer Company – Florida
BRONZE –  Ciderboys First Press – Stevens Point Brewing – Wisconsin

Specialty Cider and Perry

New England Cider
GOLD –   Bad Apple – 2 Towns Ciderhouse – Oregon
SILVER –  Angry Orchard Green Apple – Angry Orchard – Massachusetts

Fruit Ciders
GOLD –   Rambunctious – Cigar City Cider – Florida
SILVER –  Ace Pineapple Hard Cider – California Cider – California
BRONZE –  Ciderboys Grand Mimosa – Stevens Point Brewing – Wisconsin

Spice Ciders
GOLD –   Baked Apple – d’s Wicked Cider – Washington
SILVER –  Serious Scrump – 2 Towns Ciderhouse  – Oregon
BRONZE – Westside Sweet Heat – Jeff Carlson – Michigan

Anything Goes Ciders
GOLD –  Oopgy Daisy – Vermont Hard Cider – Vermont
SILVER –   Cinful Plum – Appalachian Mountain Brewing – North Carolina
BRONZE – Muse – Angry Orchard – Massachusetts

Perry
GOLD – Ace Perry Hard Cider – California Cider – California
SILVER –  London Calling Pear – 9041-5522 Quebec – Canada
BRONZE – Wyder’s Dry Pear – Vermont Hard Cider – Vermont

Hop Ciders
GOLD – Angry Orchard Hop’N Mad Apple – Angry Orchard – Massachusetts
SILVER –  Imperial Hop & Stalk – 2 Towns Ciderhouse  – Oregon
BRONZE – Woodchuck Hopsation – Vermont Hard Cider – Vermont

Non-Alcoholic

Root Beer
GOLD –  Island Root Beer – Maui Brewing – Hawaii
SILVER – Babbling Brook Root Beer – Nickel Brook Brewing – Canada
BRONZE – Point Premium Root Beer – Stevens Point Brewery – Wisconsin

Non-Alcoholic Beer
GOLD – MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager – MADD Virgin Drinks – Canada
SILVER: Brauerei Beck & Co. – Germany
BRONZE: St. Pauli N.A. – St. Pauli Brauerei – Germany

 
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