An Ohio homebrewer won a medal at this month's U.S. Open Beer Championship in Atlanta, Ga. Gautam Bagchi, a member of the Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists in Columbus, won a silver medal for his Barky Pilsner in the German lager/pilsener category.
Last year's gold medal winners at the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition were invited to compete alongside professional breweries. Homebrewers won a record four medals at the U.S. Open.
"This competition is significant because it accepts entries from breweries around the world and allows national, winning homebrews to compete," Dow Scoggins, director of the event, said in a prepared statement.
The only Ohio brewery to win a medal was Samuel Adams in Cincinnati. It won a gold for its Cinder Block in the smoked/rauchbier category.
This year's event featured more than 2,500 beers, representing 68 different categories.
Capital Brewery out of Middleton, Wisc., was named Grand National Champion, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. To read all the results, click here.