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Winners of the 2010 United States Open Beer Championships

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Winners in the 2010 United States Open Beer Championships were announced last week. More than 700 beers in 50 different categories were submitted.

Maui Brewing of Hawaii was named Grand National Champion by winning two gold, five silver, and two bronze medals. Sprecher Brewing of Wisconsin finished second while Deschutes Brewing, last year’s winner from Bend, Oregon took third.

In all, 70 individual breweries won at least one medal and 20 won two or more.

Home brewers Jimmy Vervaecke, Jake Ocque and Tom Ocque, who previously medaled at the National Home Brewers competition, each earned a bronze. The U.S. Open is the only competition that allows award-winning home brewers to compete against professional breweries.

“This competition is significant because it accepts entries from breweries around the world and allows national winning homebrews to compete,” said Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer Championships. “More than 700 beers were submitted, and although all the top 10 winning breweries were based in the U.S. this year, at least 20 international breweries representing Canada, Belgium, Germany, England and Brazil also medaled.”

Competing beers were judged in more than 50 different beer style categories. Along with the medals awarded, a Grand National Champion is awarded based on a point system for beers (five minimum) entered in the competition.