Oxford, Ohio – Registration for the 2023 U.S. Open Whiskey & Spirits Championship is now open. Distillers can register Whiskeys and Spirits through March 20th. Their entries will need to arrive in Oxford, Ohio between March 20th – March 24th. The medal winners and Grand National Champion will be announced on April 17th. The U.S. Open is open to only licensed distilleries.
The U.S. Open works with the Niagara College Teaching Distillery. The final round of judging consists of Niagara College’s Instructors, distillers, and industry experts from the surrounding area. This competition is blind, and the judges do not know what Whiskeys/Spirits they are tasting. The preliminary rounds will be held at the U.S. Open Event Center in Oxford, while the final round of judging will be held in Buffalo, New York.
Call for Entries
Each distillery may enter a maximum of 10 spirits. The entry fee will be $75 per whiskey/spirit. 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.
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 on USWhiskeyReport.com. Along with the medals awarded, the judges award a Grand National Champion’s plaque based on a point system for Whiskeys/Spirits entered in the competition.