The 2016 U.S. Open College Beer Championship
The U.S. Open College Beer Championship is for Colleges and Universities that teach brewing courses and 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 first year of competition, Niagara College Teaching Brewery in Welland, Ontario took home the Grand National Championship as the best college program in North America. The Teaching Brewery took home 2 gold, a silver and a bronze medals in the competition while 7 different colleges took home medals in 5 categories. These categories included IPA, Witbier, German Pilsner, Imperial Stout and an “Open” category where students could enter any style of beer they wanted.

Top 3 Brewing Schools in North America
1. Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Canada
2. Central Michican University
3. University of Houston

Medal Winners
IPA

Gold – Shasta IPA – University of Houston
Silver – Victory IPA – Central Michigan University
Bronze – Jack’s Front Yard IPA – Colorado State University

Witbier
Gold – Wittier than thou – Michigan State University
Silver – Belgium Wit – Appalachian State University
Bronze – Abduction Wit – Colorado State University

German Pilsner
Gold – 16 – 73 Pils – Niagara College Teaching Brewery
Silver – Holzfäller – Central Michigan University

Imperial Stout
Gold – Black Stallion – Central Michigan University
Silver – Agron Destroyer – University of Houston
Bronze – Czarina – Niagara College Teaching Brewery

Open
Gold – Caramel Machiato Golden Stout – Niagara University Teaching Brewery
Gold – Adris’ Cream Ale – Auburn University
Silver – Question Mark IPA – Schenectady County Community College
Bronze – Caber Tosser Scottish Ale – Central Michigan University