15 Minnesota craft beers win at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

Seven local breweries won medals.
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Minnesota's breweries had a pretty impressive showing at this year's U.S. Open Beer Championships.

Seven local breweries took home a total of 15 medals this year, including four gold medals. And they faced some stiff competition – breweries from around the world submitted more than 6,000 beers in 100 different styles.

These are the Minnesota breweries that won hardware this year:

Insight Brewing, based in Minneapolis, won four medals:

  • Funken City won gold in the "aged beer" category.
  • Lambton Dragon won silver in the "bitter" category.
  • Dankbot won bronze in the "IPA" category.
  • Devil's Companion won bronze in the "brown porters" category, tying with North Carolina-based Wise Man Brewing's Dancing Problems.

Schell's Brewing, based in New Ulm, won three medals:

  • Firebrick won gold in the "Vienna" category.
  • Noble Star Galactic Collision won silver in the "Berliner-style weisse" category.
  • American Pale Lager won bronze in the "American imperial pilsner" category.

Spilled Grain Brewhouse, based in Annandale, won three medals:

  • Kinnikinnick Kream won gold in the "American cream" ale category.
  • Emancipator won silver in the "dopple/strong bock" category.
  • Oktoberfest won bronze in the "Marzen/Oktoberfest" category.

FoxholeBrewhouse, based in Willmar,won two medals:

  • Old Snaggletooth won gold in the "old ale" category.
  • EKG Amber took home the bronze in the "English mild ale" category.

Able Seedhouse and Breweryin Minneapolis won one medal:

  • Blk Wlf won bronze in the "sessions beer" category.

Badger Hill Brewing in Shakopee won one medal:

  • White IPA won silver in the "American-Belgo-style ale" category.

ENKI Brewingin Victoria won one medal:

  • Cacoa Porter won bronze in the "imperial porter" category.

The event, which is one of the largest professional beer competitions in the country, was held in June, with the winners announced Monday. Last year, only five Minnesota-made beers took home medals at the event.

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