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7 Minnesota breweries win medals at U.S. Open Beer Championships

Judges from 3 countries tested the beers blind.

Seven breweries from Minnesota came away with 12 medals at this year's U.S. Open Beer Championships.

More than 7,000 beers from across the world were sent in and blind-tested by judges from the U.S., England and Canada in Oxford, Ohio, with the winners unveiled earlier this week.

The biggest winner in Minnesota was Willmar's Foxhole Brewhouse, which took home two gold medals for The Hunted, in the English Barley Wine Ale category, and for 4th St. Wheat in the American Wheat (light and dark) category.

A triple winner meanwhile was Stillwater's Lift Bridge Brewing, two of which weren't for its alcoholic beverages.

The brewery took home a bronze medal in the Soft Drinks category for its Mini Donut Cream Soda, and a silver medal for its Root Beer in the Root Beer category.

It also won silver for its Barrel Aged Silhouette in the Barrel-Aged Strong Stout/Porter category.

Also winning gold was Waconia Brewing for its Cookies and Cream Milk Stout in the Specialty Beer/Anything Goes category, while other winners included Able Seedhouse and Brewery from Minneapolis, Lakeville Brewing, August Schell and Spilled Grain Brewhouse of Annandale.

Here are the Minnesota winners

Specialty Beer/Anything Goes

Gold: Cookies and Cream Milk Stout – Waconia Brewing.

Soft Drinks

Bronze: Mini Donut Cream Soda – Lift Bridge Brewing.

Root Beer

Silver: Root Beer – Lift Bridge Brewing.

American Wheat(Light and Dark)

Gold: 4th St Wheat – Foxhole Brewing.

Session Beer

Silver: BLK WLF – Able Seedhouse and Brewery.

Barrel-Aged Strong Stout/Porter

Silver: Barrel Aged Silhouette – Lift Bridge Brewing.

Soft Drinks

Bronze: Mini Donut Cream Soda – Lift Bridge Brewing.

Root Beer

Silver: Root Beer – Lift Bridge Brewing.

Old Ale / Strong Ale

Silver: Bearded Man – Spilled Grain Brewhouse.

English Barley Wine Ale
Gold: The Hunted – Foxhole Brewhouse.

Berliner Weisse

Silver: Binary Storm – August Schell Brewing.

American Cream Ale

Silver: Knee High – Lakeville Brewing.

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