A hearty congratulations is in order to Bend, Ore. brewery Deschutes (easily one of my five favorite breweries in America) for taking the top spot at the 2011 United States Open Beer Championship.
Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold and five silver medals. This is the second time Deschutes has won the U.S. Open title. Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, FL and Grand Teton Brewing of Idaho tied for second by each winning four gold medals and 1 silver. In all, over 70 individual breweries won at least one medal and 20 won two or more.
In case you are wondering about the full results. . . The top 10 breweries based on the number of beers placing first (3 points), second (2 points) or third (1 point) are:
1. Deschutes Brewery, Oregon
2. Cigar City Brewing, Florida
2. Grand Teton Brewing, Idaho
4. Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts
5. New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
6. Full Sail Ales, Oregon
7. Sprecher Brewing, Wisconsin
8. Neustadt Brewing, Canada
9. Montana Brewing, Montana
10. August Schell, Minnesota
10. Capital Brewing, Wisconsin
Interesting list. I wonder which big breweries didn’t participate.