MN brewery takes the gold in US Open Beer Championship


Five beers from two different Minnesota breweries scored medals last week in the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Two of those belong to Waconia Brewing Company, which is just southwest of the Twin Cities metro.

The company took home the gold for its English Summer Ale, the Carver County Kölsch.

It also nabbed the bronze in the American-Style Fruit Beer category with its WacTown Wheat.

A New Ulm-based brewery that's already won its fair share of awards had expanded its collection.

August Schell Brewing took home two silver medals in the German Hefeweizen and Berliner-Style Weisse categories. Those winners were the Schell’s Hefeweizen and Noble Star Apricot Vista respectively.

Last year, the Hefeweizen won the gold.

Schell also won a bronze medal for its Grain Belt Lock and Dam brew in the American Amber/California Common category.

The lager was released in April to celebrate Schell’s purchase of the iconic Grain Belt beer sign on Nicollet Island.

About the competition

The event – held in Oxford, Ohio – examined about 5,000 beers representing 90 different categories.

Growler Magazine says the annual competition is open to brewers all around the world.

The competition also names a Grand National Champion.

Firestone Walker Brewing from Paso Robles, California took home that title.

It won three gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

The group is having a cider competition in the fall. Entries will be accepted in October.

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