Washington brewers earn 15 medals at U.S. Open Beer Championship

Dubbed one of the top three beer judging competitions in the nation, the U.S. Open Beer Championship recently announced the list of 2021 winners. A total of 15 medals found their way back to Washington this year. A number of our local breweries won multiple medals. In fact, most of our local brewers that submitted beers won multiple medals.

Breweries from around the world (but mostly the USA) submitted more than 8,000 beers for judging in more than 140 different style categories. The judges use a blind judging format, which is consistent with other competitions like this.




We know which beers won medals, but we do not know which beers were and were not submitted to the competition. If your favorite beer or brewery is not listed below, perhaps that’s because it was not in the competition.

Below, the list of Washington winners at the 2021 U.S. Open Beer Championship. You can see the complete list of all winners here.

American Pale Ale
Gold – Naches Pale Ale – Bron Yr Aur Brewing – Washington


American Strong Pale Ale
Bronze – Good Idea – Stoup Brewing – Washington

New England/Juicy DIPA
Bronze – If Only IPA – Old Stove Brewing – Washington

Ales -Golden or Blonde ale
Gold – Queen B – Haywire Brewing – Washington
Silver – Tie-It-On Blonde – Bron Yr Aur Brewing – Washington

Imperial Porters
Gold – Lion Tamer – Ravenna Brewing – Washington

English Barley Wine
Bronze – Three Ryes Men – Reuben’s Brews – The Taproom – Washington

German Kolsch
Silver – Killin It Kolsch – Bickersons Brewhouse – Washington

German Lager / Pilsener
Silver – Betonbier Pils – Reuben’s Brews – Washington

Barrel-Aged Strong Stout/Porter Specialty
Bronze – Luna – Ravenna Brewing – Washington

Bronze – Gaia’s Whimsy – Stoup Brewing – Washington

Spirits/non-whiskey Barrel Aged Beer Barrel Aged Beer
Silver – Population 300 – Bron Yr Aur Brewing – Washington
Bronze – D.M.M.K.Y.A – Bickersons Brewhouse – Washington

Gluten-Free IPA
Silver – It Came from the Haze, Hazy IPA – Ghostfish Brewing – Washington
Bronze – Grapefruit IPA – Ghostfish Brewing – Washington