2018 U.S. Open College Beer Championship
The U.S. Open College Beer Championship is for Colleges and Universities that teach brewing courses. This competition was held to help determine the best future brewers in North America. Any college or university that offers courses in brewing could enter the U.S. Open. All beers were submitted by one of the school’s brewing professors/instructors. The beers could be brewed on any system on or off campus that is approved by the professors/instructors.

In the third year of this competition, 17 Colleges and Universities from the United States and Canada participated. SUNY(The State University of New York) Morrisville in New York took home the Grand National Championship as the college that brews the best beers in North America. This New York University took home a gold for their The Crop Pilsner, a silver medal for their The Arsenal IPA and a bronze for their Belgian Draft Horse Belgian Tripel.

The SUNY Morrisville students responsible for the school’s championship performance were Mary Cosenza and Josh Alley. Michael Coons was the submitting professor.

This year’s competition had 5 categories: Belgian, Bavarian, Stout, IPA and Open. The “Open” category is where students could enter any style of beer they wanted to brew. Central New Mexico Community College came in second, while Metropolitan State University of Denver finished third.

Top 3 Brewing Schools in North America
1. SUNY Morrisville – New York
2. Central New Mexico College – New Mexico
3. Metropolitan State University of Denver – Colorado

Category 1 – Belgian
Gold – Gisele – Cincinnati State College – Ohio
Silver – Praise the Sun Witbier – Niagara College – Ontario
Bronze – KPU Wit – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – British Columbia

Category 2 – Bavarian
Gold – The Crop – SUNY Morrisville – New York
Silver – American Harvest Pils – Schoolcraft College – Michigan
Bronze – BC Dunkel – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Michigan
Bronze – Herr Wilhelm Dunkel III – University of the Sciences – Pennsylvania

Category 3 – Stout
Gold – Milky Way Stout – Metropolitan State University of Denver – Colorado
Silver – 1st Place Stout – Central New Mexico Community College – New Mexico
Bronze – Tucan Sam’s Milk Stout – Michigan State University – Michigan
Bronze – Oat of this World – Colorado State University – Colorado

Category 4 – IPA
Gold – Galazy Smash IPA – Central New Mexico Community College – New Mexico
Silver – The Arsenal – SUNY Morrisville – New York
Bronze – Hop Sauce IPA – Auburn University – Alabama
Bronze – Cosmic Tea Pot – Niagara College – Ontario

Category 5 – Open
Gold – Dark Matter – Appalachian State University – North Carolina
Silver – KPU Dubbel – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – British Columbia
Bronze – Belgian Draft Horse – SUNY Morrisville – New York
Bronze – Dubble Buck – Central Michigan University – Michigan