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Idaho brewery wins gold medal in U.S. Open Beer Championship

Georgia-based Cherry Street Brewing Co-op was named the Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals, one silver and two bronze at this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship.
Georgia-based Cherry Street Brewing Co-op was named the Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals, one silver and two bronze at this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship.

When it comes to beer competitions, you’ve obviously heard of the Great American Beer Festival. Probably even Idaho’s own North American Beer Awards.

But the U.S. Open Beer Championship? Possibly not. Based in Ohio, it’s the only major competition to allow winners of National Homebrewers Association competitions to go head to head against pro breweries.

Whatever the case, it sounds pretty cool to say you medaled at the U.S. Open Beer Championship. So congratulations to Grand Teton Brewing Co. of Victor, which took home gold in the American Brown Ale category for its excellent, long-running Bitch Creek Extra Special Brown.

More than 6,000 beers were sent in from around the globe for blind tasting. Grand Teton was the only Idaho brewery to emerge with honors. Boise beer drinkers should note that regional favorites Barley Brown’s of Baker City, Oregon, and Melvin Brewing of Alpine, Wyoming, both picked up multiple awards.

Barley Brown’s won gold in American Dark Wheat for its Shredder’s Wheat, bronze in Strong Scottish Ale for Twisted Whisker Scotch Ale, bronze in American-Style Black Ale for Turmoil and bronze in International Style Pale Ale for Hand Truck Pale Ale.

Melvin — which took second place overall in 2016 at the U.S. Open — this year won gold in Triple IPA for Lambda, and bronze in Belgian Dubbel for Dub Sack.

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