Oxford, Ohio (May 2021) – The registration for the 2021 U.S. Open College Beer Championship is now open. This year, schools may enter up to five beers of their own choosing and there will be two judging rounds.

• Universities and colleges not offering brewing classes in the summer can register beer through May 21st. Beers will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between May 5 and 21, 2021.

• Universities and colleges offering brewing classes in the summer can register beer through July 21st. Beers will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between July 5 – 21, 2021.

Beers submitted will be judged according to the U.S. Open Style Standards. Any number of gold, silver, or bronze medals may be awarded. The U.S. Open is the only beer competition for beers exclusively from college and university brewing and fermentation programs.

University and College Entries

This competition is for colleges and universities that teach brewing courses and will be held to determine the best future brewers. Any college or university that offers courses in brewing may enter the U.S. Open. All beers must be submitted by one of the school’s brewing professors/instructors. The names of the students who brewed the beers must be submitted on the application. The beers can be brewed on any system on or off campus that is approved by the professors/instructors. Collaboration beers brewed with a professional brewery should be entered in the U.S. Open rather than the U.S. College Open.

Call for Entries

The U.S. College Open will be held at the U.S. Open Event Center in Oxford, Ohio. Each school may enter a maximum of five beers. Entry fee will be $25 per beer. Entry forms and rules can be found on the competition website under registration.

2019 US Open College Beer Championship Results
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.

The 2019 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.

In the fourth year of this competition, fourteen colleges and universities from the United States and Canada participated. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in British Columbia took home the Grand National Championship as the college that brews the best beers in North America. This Canadian university took home gold for their 50/50 Hefe and their Fruity and the Yeast New England India Pale Ale plus a silver for their Storm Stout.

The KPU students responsible for the school’s championship performance were Joe Mallinson, Kyle Grohs, Danilo Chiga, Felipe Freire, Wes Bain, and Daryl McDonald. Alek Egi was the submitting professor. Schoolcraft College came in second, while Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Auburn University, and Central Michigan tied for third.

Top Four Brewing Schools in the 2019 US Open College Beer Championship
1. Kwantlen Polytechnic University – British Columbia
2. Schoolcraft College – Michigan
3. Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Michigan, Auburn University – Alabama, and Central Michigan University – Michigan

Category 1 – Belgian
Gold – American Harvest Belgian Pale – Schoolcraft College – Michigan
Silver – Across the Pond Belgian Pale – Auburn University – Alabama
Bronze – Spartan Saison – Michigan State University Michigan

Category 2 – Bavarian
Gold – 50/50 Hefe – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – British Columbia
Silver – Muncher Dunkel – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Michigan
Bronze – Willis Weizen – Auburn University – Alabama

Category 3 – Stout
Gold – British Imperial Stout – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Michigan
Silver – Storm Stout – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – British Columbia
Bronze – Smurf Stout – Niagara College – Ontario
Bronze – Peanut Butter Stout – Auburn University – Alabama

Category 4 – IPA
Gold – Dragon Energy Imperial IPA – Central Michigan University – Michigan
Silver – Haggerty IPA – Schoolcraft College – Michigan
Bronze – Cleaver IPA – Brewery at the Culinary Institute of America

Category 5 – Open
Gold – Fruity and the Yeast NE IPA – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – British Columbia
Silver – Citrus Siege NE IPA – Central Michigan University – Michigan
Bronze – Voice of Reason APA – Auburn University – Alabama