2022 US Open College Beer Championship Results
Cincinnati, OH (July 15) – The U.S. Open College Beer Championship is for colleges and universities that teach brewing courses. Any college or university that offers courses in brewing could enter the U.S. Open. All beers were submitted by one of each school’s brewing professors/instructors. The beers could be brewed on any system on or off-campus that is approved by the professors/instructors.
This year, the competition pivoted to a new hybrid format that combines last year’s format with aspects of the competition from 2019 and earlier.
Each college or university could enter up to four beers of their own choosing. Those four entries were 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 was 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 was German Kölsch (Category 52). Only one gold, silver, and bronze medal will be awarded in this special category.
Both the quality and number of entries into the College Championship have increased every year. Increased quality is always a good thing, increasing numbers has led to some issues in handling entries. The problems included:
- Entries with incorrect labels
- Conflicting information on different pages of the website that sometimes linked to the main US Open site
- Entries for the College competition were accidentally sorted into the main US Open competition categories
- Beers that went missing
Many, but not all, issues were corrected when they were discovered, but this is a case where “almost” is not good enough. Any college affected by any entry issues will have the choice of having this year’s entry fees reimbursed or credited to next year’s competition. We will also reimburse shipping costs for those colleges affected.
Here are our plans for 2023 and beyond to make sure this doesn’t happen again:
- We are completely separating the handling of beers between the College and Main US Open competitions. All beers in the US Open College Championship will be shipped to a different address from the general US Open address. We’ve been considering this for the last five years, but COVID and closed Canadian/US borders prevented this from happening until now.
- In addition, a new website is being created specifically for the US Open College Championship. It will be self-contained with our own category listings and entry procedures tailored to College entries.
- The actual judging will take place independently of the main US Open competition. In general, the more we keep the two competitions separate, the less likely we will have issues with incorrect handling again.
- Colleges will still be able to enter the main US Open competition but will require separate entries and shipments.
Now, on to the good part: The 2022 results!
In the sixth year of this competition, eleven colleges and universities from the United States and Canada participated. Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan took home the Grand National Championship with three gold medals for their Strong Scottish Ale, Dopple/Strong Bock, and Brett beer plus a silver medal for their Berliner-Style Weisse.
Both MiraCosta College and Schoolcraft College came in second, while Eastern Michigan University and Niagara College tied for fourth place.
In the head-to-head German Kölsch part of the competition, the gold medal went to Eastern Michigan University, the silver medal went to Central New Mexico, and the bronze medal went to Schoolcraft College.
Judging sheets for the beers other than the German Kölsch entries will be emailed to each school’s submitting professor within the next few days.
Cincinnati and Oxford, Ohio (Feb. 2022) – 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.