Canadian breweries cleaned up at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship, winning 24 medals in total. Over 6,000 beers were submitted, representing 100 different styles from breweries around the world.
Ontario breweries accounted for 21 of the medals. The heaviest hitter was Cameron’s Brewing of Ontario which medaled in four categories, including a Gold for their Bitter submission One-Eyed Grouse. Their multiple wins were enough to put them in the overall Top 10 Breweries of 2017.Other Ontario breweries taking home a gold (or two) included: The Exchange Brewery(2), Sawdust City Brewing Co., Collective Arts Brewing, Steam Whistle Brewing, Nickel Brook Brewing Co.(2), and Hill Street Beverage Company.
From other parts of Canada, Belgh Brasse of Quebec won a Gold for their American Lager/Pilsner and a Bronze for their Belgian Pale Ale. Lighthouse Brewing Company was the sole medal winner for British Columbia but went big, earning a Gold in the Brown Ale category with their beer Race Rocks Ale.
The U.S. Open Beer Championship was founded in 2009 and has grown every year since. It is open to both professional breweries and home brewers. This year’s event was judged by experts from the United States, Canada and England.