MORRISVILLE – SUNY Morrisville has been named Grand National Champion of the 2018 U.S. Open College Beer Championship, recently taking home the honor of the college that brews the best beers in North America. Central New Mexico College of New Mexico and Metropolitan State University of Colorado placed second and third respectively.
The championship, now in its third year, is a competition among student brewers at colleges and universities that offer brewing courses to help determine the best future brewers in North America.
“We are honored and humbled by the results of the U.S. Open College Beer Championships,” said Micheal Coons, SUNY Morrisville’s head brewer who oversees the college’s brewing curriculum. “The students that have been working in the campus brewpub are a testament to the value of practical education. . . I’m incredibly proud of the work that they have done, but more so I am proud of the passion with which they approach the brewing industry.”
This year's competition was based on five categories – Belgian, Bavarian, Stout, IPA and Open, where students could enter any style of beer they brewed. Morrisville claimed the gold medal in Bavarian for its German-style pilsner, The Crop; a silver medal for The Arsenal, a Madison County Hopped IPA; and a bronze for its Belgian-style tripel, Belgian Draft Horse.
The winning beers were brewed by SUNY Morrisville agricultural business development BBA students Mary Cosenza, of Colden, and Josh Alley, of Liverpool.
The champion beverages can be found on tap year-round at the Copper Turret Restaurant & Brewhouse, which serves as a teaching facility for Morrisville students. The brews, which incorporate local products and whose names pay homage to the college and community, are three of the brewery’s four flagship beers along with the oatmeal-coffee stout Cherry Valley.
“Each of the beers which won medals were produced with 100 percent Madison County, New York hops and 90-100 percent New York malt. We take great pride in developing beers that highlight the bounty of New York agriculture,” added Coons.