06 Dec US Open Beer Championship Awards Medals for 2020, Indiana Again Shines
by Mark E. Lasbury for Indiana On Tap
The Indiana Brewer’s Cup (Indianapolis) and the US Open Beer Championship (Cincinnati/Oxford) might not have the notoriety amongst beer drinkers that the World Beer Cup or the Great American Beer Festival have, but in the brewing community these are very important contests. A medal from either IBC or US Open is recognized as a sign of quality.
The US Open Beer Championship is especially personal to many breweries around the Midwest, and even around the country since it involves both homebrewers and professional brewers and because Dow Scoggins, Director of the US Open Beer Championship, makes personal trips to deliver congratulations and medals to each brewer after the competition (see full results for 2020 here).
The 2020 IBC was a victim of Covid-19, but the US Open Championship plowed on with an altered schedule. While July is the usual month for US Open winners announced, this year entries were accepted up until November 4th, and two free entries being allowed for each brewer. The winners were announced on Sunday, the 6th of December with a purpose. Scoggins said, “We chose December 6 to honor the patron saint of brewers and coopers, St. Nicholas.”
The ability to enter two beers for free resulted in a great year. Compared to the 7000 beers entered in 2019, 2020 finally had a good number for a pandemic year, with 6000 entries into the 140 categories of the competition.
Indiana breweries once again performed very well, with 15 total medals from 10 different breweries, putting them in the top 15% of states and countries. The host state of Ohio led the way with 50 medals, followed by California with 42 This shows the long reach of the US Open Beer Championship that a west coast state entered so many beers. In all, seven countries and 37 different US states had breweries with medals.
Here is a list of winning Indiana breweries, congratulations to all. Make sure to support your local breweries during this period, and tell them how you appreciate that they put their product out there for criticism and to learn how to improve their beer for you.
Taxman Brewing in Bargersville:
silver – La Maison, American-Belgo Style Ale
silver Gold Standard, Belgian Pale Ale
bronze – Deduction, Belgian Dubbel
Field Brewing in Westfield:
silver – Dry Spell, Brut IPA
bronze – Night Game, Munchner Dunkel/Dark
Bad Dad Brewing in Fairmount:
silver – The Sodfather, Herb & Spice Beer
silver – Plummers Crack, Belgian Quadruppel
Daredevil Brewing in Speedway:
bronze – Muse, Belgian Style Strong Ale
bronze – Beautiful Dreams, English Mild Ale
Four Day Ray Brewing in Fishers:
gold – Monk’s Tears, Aged Beer
New Oberpfalz Brewing in Griffith:
gold – Helles Lager, Munchner Helles, Light
Bier Brewery in Indianapolis:
silver – Roggenschnizzle, Rye/Roggenbier
Backstep Brewing in Crawfordsville:
bronze – Heveltesfonster, Old Ale
Grand Junction Brewing in Westfield:
bronze – Dark Road Porter, Robust Porter
Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis:
bronze – The Great Rhubarbarian!, Vegetable Beer