Oxford, Ohio – The judging for the U. S. Open Whiskey & Spirits Championship has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus. Judging should be held in early August and medal winners should be announced on August 19th.

Thank you for your patience.

Dow Scoggins
Director of the U.S. Open Whiskey and Spirits Championship

The registration for the 2020 U.S. Open Whiskey and Spirits Championship remains open.

The U.S. Open Whiskey and  Spirits Championship works with the Niagara College Teaching Distillery, and the judges are Niagara College’s Instructors and distillers from the surrounding area. This competition is blind, and the judges do not know what Whiskeys/Spirits they are tasting. The final round of judging will be held in Buffalo, New York.

Call for Entries(First 2 Entries Are Free)
Each distillery may enter a maximum of 10 spirits. In order to help small distillers, each distillery will be allowed to enter 2 spirits with no entry fee.  After the 2 free entries, other entries will be $75(US) per entry.  To be considered one of the Top Ten Distilleries, a distillery must submit a minimum of 4 Whiskeys/Spirits.  To enter, click here for registration.

Awards
Over 30 categories will be judged this year, and winners will receive a medal in the shape of a Whiskey Barrel Lid for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Plus, the Top 10 Distilleries overall will be featured in on USWhiskeyReport.com. Along with the medals awarded,  the judges award a Grand National Champion based on a point system for Whiskeys/Spirits entered in the competition.