It’s Open Season on Medals for Indiana at the US Open Beer Championship

It’s Open Season on Medals for Indiana at the US Open Beer Championship

by Mark E. Lasbury for Indiana On Tap

The US Open Beer Championship awarded their 2019 medals on July 8th and Indiana once again performed extremely well. A total of 22 medals were won by nine Indiana breweries, and Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis was named Grand Champion with a total of six medals – three gold and three silver. Interestingly Indiana took the top two medals in the American-Belgo Style Ale group with Metazoa Brewing taking gold with their dry-hopped saison called Klipspringer and Taxman Brewing winning silver with their farmhouse ale, La Maison.

The US Open is one of the largest competitions in the country, with over 7000 entries this year, and it draws beers and breweries from all over the country and world. Medals this year were awarded to breweries from 38 states (plus Washington, DC) and nine countries in more categories than ever. Hemp beer made it’s debut as a judging category, and this along with the anything goes and peanut butter beer categories and specialty sub-groups such as brandy, tequila, wine, and rum barrel aged beers means that medals were won in a total of 131 styles and sub-styles.

This competition is also unique in that award winning home brewers from the AHA National Homebrew Competition are allowed to compete directly against the professional brewers. This year one bronze medal was awarded to home brewers in in 2019 – David Byer and John O’Brien from Hot Springs, NC in the English barleywine. A portion of the proceeds generated the competition were donated to YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in the form of the ice packs used to ship the beer samples. Camp Campbell Gard, located on 600 acres near Hamilton, OH, is one of the premier special needs camps in the country.

image credit: Sun King Brewing

Judging for the US Open Beer Championship is blinded, and minimum scores must achieved for a medal to be awarded. This means that entries from categories with fewer entries are still technically superior beers. Congratulations to all the recognized breweries for all medals won. As for Indiana, here are all the winners:

Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis, head brewer Dave Colt

Grand Champion

Gold – International Style Pilsner, Pachanga

Gold – Belgian Style Fruit Beer, Cherry Busey

Gold – Barrel Aged Brett/Wild Beer, Midnight Choir

Silver – Barrel Aged Stout/Porter Specialty, Proof

Silver – Brandy Barrel Aged Beer, Brandy Barrel Aged Touched by an Angel

Silver – Russian/British Imperial Stout, Shadow Proof


Metazoa Brewing in Indianapolis, brew master John J. Hill

image credit: Metazoa Brewing

Gold – American-Belgo Style Ale, Klipspringer

Bronze – Belgian Dubbel, Dalmatian

Bronze – Peanut Butter Beer, Puppy Slumber Party


Flix Brewhouse in Carmel, head brewer Rob Malad

Gold – Brett Beer, Saison de Walt

Bronze – Belgian Pale Ale, Super Power Potion

Bronze – Gose, Bloodties


Taxman Brewing in Bargersville, head brewer David Yancey

Silver – Belgian Quadruppel, Qualified

image credit: Field Brewing

Silver – American-Belgo Style Ale, La Maison


Daredevil Brewing in Speedway, head brewer Michael Pearson

Bronze – Imperial IPA, Rip Cord

Bronze – American Premium Lager, Race Day Lager


The Bier Brewery in Indianapolis, head brewer Darren Connor

Silver – German Kolsch, Special


Field Brewing in Westfield, head brewer Rian Umbach

Gold – Rye Beer, Home Field

image credit: New Oberpfalz Brewing

New Oberpfalz Brewing in Griffith, head brewer Gus Lehnerer

Gold – Munchner Helles Lager, Helles Lager


The Tap Brewery in Bloomington, head brewer Jarrod May

Bronze – Vienna Style Lager, Brickyard


banner image credit: US Open Beer Championships

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