Six Wisconsin breweries take home medals in 2024 U.S. Open Beer Championship

OXFORD, Ohio (WFRV) – Breweries from coast to coast participated in the 2024 U.S. Open Beer Championship, and on Tuesday, a couple of breweries from Wisconsin placed in their respective categories.

Mosinee Brewing Company earned a silver medal in the Milkshake IPA category for their Pineapple Comet. The brewery says the popular drink, 5.5% ABV, is brewed with cosmic amounts of comet and mosaic hops, pineapple, lactose, and vanilla.

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Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee earned a silver medal in the German Wheat Beer category for its ever-so-popular My Turn: AJ. The brewery says the beer pours a hazy, dark round with roasted malt, toasted wheat flavor, and weizen yeast aromas of fresh-baked banana bread. My Turn: AJ is a limited release with an ABV of 4.9%.

The Explorium Brewpub in Milwaukee won a bronze medal in the Chili Pepper Beer category for their BA Chocolate Chili. The brewery says the beer is a thick, rich stout aged in bourbon barrels that then held hot peppers for aging. Finished with tons of chocolate to smooth out the heat, this beer has some spice, a lot of chocolate, and tons of velvety richness.

Flix Brewhouse Madison earned a silver Barrel-aged Brett/Wild medal. Their Wrath of Kong beer is made with a light yet complex Belgian farmhouse ale. After fermentation, it is blended with beer aging in wine barrels with Brettanomyces yeast, further adding to the uniqueness and funk of this very dry and complex ale.‚Äč

1840 Brewing Company was the top dog in the Brett Beer category for their Saaziwaka beer. Hopped with Czech Saaz and New Zealand Riwaka hops, the beer provides a beautiful bouquet of fresh herbs, damp eucalyptus, and wind-filled dandelion.

Everyone loves a good root beer, and Stevens Point Brewery got a bronze medal for its Point Root Beer. Made with 100% natural sugar, Point Premium Root Beer is hand-crafted in small batches with the purest water, genuine Wisconsin honey, and all-natural vanilla. This refreshingly delicious, rich, creamy, and caffeine-free recipe gives it a time-honored traditional draft root beer taste.

The state of Wisconsin took home six medals: one gold medal, three silver medals, and two bronze medals.

The U.S. Open Beer Championship judges more beer styles than any other competition. It is also the only major beer competition that allows the gold medal winners of the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition to participate.

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The U.S. Open judging was held at the U.S. Open Event Center in Oxford, Ohio. The U.S. Open became the first beer competition to be held in its own venue, a 6,000-square-foot Amish pole barn on a small farm. The barn has a judging area, a serving area, two 450-square-foot coolers, an office, and a nano brewery.

You can click here for a complete list of the winners from the U.S. Open Beer Championship.