Thank you for your interest in the US Open organized by The Carolina BrewMasters, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Entry Registration is Open

To add your entries into the system, please proceed through the registration process or log in if you already have an account.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a judge or steward, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.

Rules

The Carolina BrewMasters are proud to announce the 26th annual US Open homebrewing competition will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC.

In addition to being an AHA and BJCP sanctioned event, the US Open is also in the 2016 Southeastern Homebrewers Association. Results of this competition will count toward the prestigious SHA awards.

Payment will be accepted by PayPal to keep our process simple and records all in the same place.

Once again, this competition will include the selection of the 2016 Gambrinus Cup, whose winner will have their beer brewed by Foothills Brewing Company and served at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in October 2016. This year's Gambrinus Cup style is BJCP style Strong Bitter 11C.

In addition, the Charlotte US Open will also host the Annual Rein Stein Homebrew Competition. The winning beer from this competition will be brewed in OMB's brewhouse in south Charlotte, NC and sold commercially in OMB's tap room on premises. This year's style will be 2015 BJCP guidelines style 7C Amber Kellerbier. All entries in that category will be considered for the Rein Stein.

No recipes needed for entries. The only two bottles that there will need to be a recipe for will be the Gambrinus Cup and Rein Stein winners.

Registration will be open from Friday April 1st until Friday May 6th, 2016. Entries may be shipped to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery or dropped off at one of the many pickup locations throughout North and South Carolina.

Entries MUST be dropped off and paid for by close of business Friday May 6th. If you do not pay for your entry(s), they will not be judged. 

This is an amateur homebrewing competition, as such, your homebrew cannot have been brewed on equipment used to brew beverages for any commercial purpose, whether for commercial research, production or any other purpose, including equipment at brew-on-premises establishments.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:
You may pay for your entries via PayPal when you are finished registering. Unpaid entries will not be judged and bottles will not be returned.

Questions? Contact Joe Domm at competition@carolinabrewmasters.com

Competition Official

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via the Contact section.

  • Rob Adams — Web Master

Sponsors

The Carolina BrewMasters is proud to have the following sponsors for the US Open.

Five Star Chemicals
 
Five Star Chemicals
Seven Jars Products
 
Seven Jars Products
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
 
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
American Homebrewers Association
 
American Homebrewers Association
Blichmann Engineering
 
Blichmann Engineering
Carolina Premium Beverage
 
Carolina Premium Beverage
Deutsche Beverage Tech
 
Deutsche Beverage Tech
NoDa Brewing Co.
 
NoDa Brewing Co.
Alternative Beverage
 
Alternative Beverage
Beer Smith
 
Beer Smith
Brawley’s Beverage
 
Brawley’s Beverage
Cascade Beer Candi Company
 
Cascade Beer Candi Company
Charlotte Motor Speedway
 
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Duda Diesel
 
Duda Diesel
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Great Wagon Road Distilling Company
 
Great Wagon Road Distilling Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
Lagunitas Brewing Company
LaMotte
 
LaMotte
LD Carlson
 
LD Carlson
Legal Remedy Brewing
 
Legal Remedy Brewing
Pizza Peel And Tap Room
 
Pizza Peel And Tap Room
Tryon Distributing
 
Tryon Distributing
US National Whitewater Center
 
US National Whitewater Center
Wooden Robot
 
Wooden Robot
Artisan Beverage Group
 
Artisan Beverage Group
Blue Restaurant And Bar
 
Blue Restaurant And Bar
CRAFT Growler Shop
 
CRAFT Growler Shop
Custom Home Pubs
 
Custom Home Pubs
Doc Porter’s Distillery
 
Doc Porter’s Distillery
Heist Brewery
 
Heist Brewery
Main St Bottle Shop
 
Main St Bottle Shop
Muddy River Distillery
 
Muddy River Distillery
PicoBrew
 
PicoBrew
Salud Beer Shop
 
Salud Beer Shop
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Taco Mac
 
Taco Mac
Triple C Brewing Co.
 
Triple C Brewing Co.
Woodchuck Hard Cider
 
Woodchuck Hard Cider
201Central
 
201Central
Briess Malt And Ingredients Company
 
Briess Malt And Ingredients Company
Bull City Homebrew
 
Bull City Homebrew
Craft Beer Traders
 
Craft Beer Traders
Fermentation Nation
 
Fermentation Nation
Good Bottle
 
Good Bottle
Midwest Supplies
 
Midwest Supplies
Northern Brewer
 
Northern Brewer
O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits
 
O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits
Red Clay Ciderworks
 
Red Clay Ciderworks
Sugar Creek Brewing Co.
 
Sugar Creek Brewing Co.