Schell’s Ranks 10th in U.S. Open Beer Championship

Winning one gold, two silver, and two bronze awards at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, the Minnesota beer maker was again ranked among the top 10 breweries overall.

New Ulm-based August Schell Brewing Company received several awards at the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship, beating out competitors from around the world and tying for 10th place overall.

The competition, which judged more than 1,200 beers in more than 50 categories, gave gold, silver, and bronze awards in each division. Breweries were then ranked based on their awards, gaining three points for each gold, two points for silver, and one point for bronze.

Schell's netted one gold, two silver, and two bronze awards. Its Deer Brand beer received the top prize in the American Cream Ale category. Its Grain Belt Premium got a silver in the American Lager/Pilsener group, and Schell Light took second among American Light beers.

The brewery received bronze awards for its August Schell Stout and Schell's Hefeweizen beers.

Schell's beers have won numerous awards in the past; in fact, the brewery ranked fourth in the 2009 U.S. Open Beer Championship and seventh place last year.

Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon, was named Grand National Champion of this year's competition for its three gold and five silver awards.

View the entire list of award winners here.

The U.S. Open Beer Championships differ from some other brewing competitions in that both commercial brewers and home-brewers are eligible for the awards.

Popular Twin Cities beer makers Surly Brewing Company and Summit Brewing have also garnered attention for their award-winning beers. Earlier this month, their brews landed on the 50 “Best Beers in America” list by Zymurgy, a publication by the American Homebrewers Association. Unlike the U.S. Open Beer Championship-which featured judges from several countries-the Zymurgy list was based on a poll of readers.