Dow Scoggins, director of the U.S. Open Beer and Cider Championships, visited Cincinnati last week and presented Brink Brewing Co. with four medals from the U.S. Open Beer Championships. The director made a special trip to the brewery in the College Hill neighborhood to personally congratulate the team. The four medals earned them a second place overall in the Top Breweries of 2018.
The U.S Open Championships comprised of 6,300 beers in 110 different styles, submitted by professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers from all over the world. Brink placed first in the English Mild Ale, Brown Ale, and Strong Scottish Ale categories for Hold the Reins, Father G’s Bees, and Duncan Clan, respectively. Additionally the brewery placed second for their Moozie in the Cream Stout Category.
“Any win at this competition is a great achievement for our team, let alone four medals,” said co-founder John McGarry in a press release. “We take great pride in our ability to brew high quality beers across a variety of styles and these U.S. Open medals really validates that.”
Brink, relatively new on the Cincinnati scene, is starting to rack up awards left and right. Hold The Reins, a full flavored session English Mild Ale, also won a 2017 Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), and Moozie, a rich Milk Stout that the brewery describes as being like a “chocolate milkshake without the straw”, boasts a 2018 World Beer Cup bronze medal, a 2017 bronze medal at the Denver International Beer Competition, and a silver at the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Competition after only being open for four months. They were one of the youngest breweries to place that year.