Dortmunder, Pastry Stout, Pink Boots & others added to the list of judged styles.
Registration for the 2022 U.S. Open Beer Championship is now open. Last year, brewers from Washington state performed well, bringing home 15 medals. (See our report on that.) This year the competition expects to evaluate over 8,000 beers in more than 130 categories. New for 2020, the addition of six new beer categories, including a category exclusively for beers brewed with the Pink Boots Society hop blend.
Here is the call for entrees straight from the source.
Oxford, Ohio (March) – The registration for the 2022 U.S. Open Beer Championship is now open. Brewers can register beers thru May 16th. Beers will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between May 16th-25th. The medal winners and Grand National Champion will be announced on July 9th.
The U.S. Open is the only brewery competition to include licensed breweries and the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition Gold Medal Winners. Last year, breweries from Antioquia, Columbia to Columbia, South Carolina sent in more than 8,000 beers representing over 130 different styles.
Judging in the U.S. Open Beer Championships is blind; the judges do not know what beers they are tasting. The final round of judging will be held in Oxford, Ohio.
Call for Entries
Beers will need to arrive between May 16th-25th. Each brewery may enter a maximum of 8 beers. Entry fee will be $85 per beer/non-alcoholic brew/root beer. A brewery submitting 5 or more beers will be considered for the Grand National Champion’s award. Entry Forms and Rules can be found on the competition website under registration and Rules.
Over 140 categories will be judged this year. Winners will receive the traditional U.S. Open beer stein medal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The Top 10 breweries overall will be featured on BeerInfo.com. Along with the medals awarded, the top brewery will be awarded the coveted “Grand National Championship’s Plaque.”
The Pink Boots Hop Blend Category
The board of directors of the U.S. Open decided to add a new category, the Pink Boots Hop Blend Category. Each year, women from the Pink Boots Society collaborate with YCH to select the annual blend recipe.
“The 5th Annual Pink Boots Blend starts with women from the ground up,” says Tiffany Pitra, YCH Sensory Manager. “This year’s blend recipe is exciting because it features Idaho Gem™, a variety developed by a women-run hop farm, Gooding Farms, in Parma, Idaho.”
The PBS members’ beers will be invited to the U.S. Open Beer Championship. All of entry fees for these beers will go to the Pink Boots Society scholarship program which exists to assist, inspire, and encourage women in the fermented beverage industry to advance careers through education.
New Categories for 2022
- Pastry Stouts
- Dortmunder Export
- German Leichtbier
- Dark Lagers
- Historical Beers
- Pink Boots Hop Blend