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MadTree, 50W win at US Open beer competition

More than 4,000 beers from over 20 countries went head-to-head to find the best across 90 beer styles at the U.S. Open Beer Championship held this year in Oxford, Ohio. International breweries from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Scotland and England competed with breweries from all over the United States. Locally, MadTree and Fifty West took home medals while a few Dayton breweries medaled as well.

Ballast Point Brewing in San Diego, California was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals and one silver medal. Lakewood Brewing from Garland, Texas place second while Revelry Brewing of Charleston, South Carolina took home third.

“It’s amazing what brewers will do to enter the U.S. Open. In the past, brewers have personally delivered their craft beers from Columbia and Brazil. This year, Joshua Deitner from Shanghai Brewery in China traveled 7,263 miles to deliver his beers personally,” said Dow Scoggins, Director of the U.S. Open. He added that the effort paid off: Shanghai Brewery’s Imperial American Brown Ale was awarded a silver medal.

This competition includes professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. Judges from England, Canada and the U.S. sampled the beers blindly so they did not know what they were tasting when naming the winners.


IPA – Silver – PsycHOPathy
Strong Imperial Brown Ale – Bronze – Gnarly Brown

Fifty West

Wood/Barrel Aged Strong Beer – Gold – 10&2 barleywine

Dayton Breweries

American Amber/Red – Bronze – The Bee’s Knees – Eudora Brewing
American Stout – Bronze – Jo-Jo’s Midnight Stout – Fifth Street Brewpub
Bohemian Pilsener – Bronze – Daytonian Rhapsody – Eudora Brewing
Cream Ale – Silver – Mad River Milk Stout – The Dayton Beer Company

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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