2022 US Open College Beer Championship Results
Cincinnati, OH (September 6) – 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 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.
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.
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.