CINCINNATI, Ohio — The U.S. Open College Beer Championship has announced its winners for the 2019 competition and out of the 14 colleges and universities that participated, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in B.C. was named Grand National Champion.
The competition, meant to determine who the best future brewers in North America will be, is open to all colleges and universities that teach brewing courses in Canada and the U.S. The five beer categories judged this year were Belgian, Bavarian, Stout, IPA and Open — which allowed students to submit any style of beer they wanted.
Not only was KPU named the top brewing school, but it also took home gold for both its 50/50 Hefe and Fruity and the Yeast New England India Pale Ale, as well as silver for its Storm Stout.
“We are absolutely delighted with the extraordinary success of the students who won medals in three out of five categories in the 2019 U.S. Open College Beer Championship,” says Alek Egi, chair and instructor, KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations diploma. “Winning first place and earning the title of Grand National Champion is the result of some very hard work from our entire brewing team and reinforces the fact that KPU is a world-class brewing school.”
The KPU students involved in the brew were Joe Mallinson, Kyle Grohs, Danilo Chiga, Felipe Freire, Wes Bain and Daryl McDonald.
Also representing Canada at the competition, Niagara College took home bronze for its Smurf Stout.
A full list of the U.S. Open College Beer Championship winners is available at usopencollege.com.