Langley’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University was named the best in North America at the recent U.S. Open College Beer Championship, winning two golds and silver for its beer.
Fourteen colleges and universities from the U.S. and Canada participated in the event with KPU’s brewing program earning the coveted Grand National Championship as the college that brews the best beers in North America. KPU won gold for its 50/50 Hefe (Belgian) and Fruity and the Yeast New England India Pale Ale (Open), as well as a silver for its Storm Stout (Stout).
The KPU students responsible for the school’s championship performance were Joe Mallinson, Kyle Grohs, Danilo Chiga, Felipe Freire, Wes Bain and Daryl McDonald, under the guidance of professor Alek Egi.
U.S. Open College Beer Championship is open to all colleges and universities that teach brewing courses, to help determine the best future brewers in North America. This year’s competition had five categories: Belgian, Bavarian, Stout, IPA and Open, where students could enter any style of beer they wanted to brew.
2019 U.S. Open College Beer Championship full results
1. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
2. Schoolcraft College, Michigan
3. TIE: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan; Auburn University, Alabama; Central Michigan University, Michigan
Category 1 – Belgian
Gold – American Harvest Belgian Pale – Schoolcraft College, Michigan
Silver – Across the Pond Belgian Pale – Auburn University, Alabama
Bronze – Spartan Saison – Michigan State University, Michigan
Category 2 – Bavarian
Gold – 50/50 Hefe – Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
Silver – Muncher Dunkel – Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan
Bronze – Willis Weizen – Auburn University, Alabama
Category 3 – Stout
Gold – British Imperial Stout – Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan
Silver – Storm Stout – Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
Bronze – Smurf Stout – Niagara College, Ontario
Bronze – Peanut Butter Stout – Auburn University, Alabama
Category 4 – IPA
Gold – Dragon Energy Imperial IPA – Central Michigan University – Michigan
Silver – Haggerty IPA – Schoolcraft College, Michigan
Bronze – Cleaver IPA – Brewery at the Culinary Institute of America
Category 5 – Open
Gold – Fruity and the Yeast NE IPA – Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
Silver – Citrus Siege NE IPA – Central Michigan University, Michigan
Bronze – Voice of Reason APA – Auburn University, Alabama