Registration ends May 9, 2022.
Cincinnati and Oxford, Ohio (Feb. 2022)
– The registration for the 2022 U.S. Open College Beer Championship is now open. This year, the competition is pivoting to a new hybrid format that combines last year’s format with aspects of the competition from 2019 and earlier.

Each college or university may enter up to four beers of their own choosing. Those four entries will be judged according to the U.S. Open Style Standards and the submitted intentions of the student brewers. Among these entries, any number of gold, silver, or bronze medals may be awarded.

In addition, each school is invited to submit a beer from a specific category to be judged head-to-head according to the U.S. Open Style Standards. This category will rotate from year to year. For 2022, the head-to-head category is German Kölsch (Category 52). Only one gold, silver, and bronze medal will be awarded in this special category.

Beers will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between May 9 and 20, 2022. 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 according to the information detailed above. There is an entry fee of $25 per beer.  All beers must be registered by May 9.  Entry forms and rules can be found on the competition website under registration.