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Green Bench and other Florida breweries win honors at U.S. Open Beer Championship.

click to enlarge Green Bench was named one of the top 10 breweries by judges. - Green Bench Brewing Co. via Facebook
Green Bench Brewing Co. via Facebook
Green Bench was named one of the top 10 breweries by judges.

The U.S. Open Beer Championship announced its winners on July 4, and more than 10 Florida craft breweries took home gold, silver and bronze medals for their liquids, including Tampa Bay's Green Bench Brewing Co., Rapp Brewing and Cigar City Brewing.

Judges from England, Canada, Finland and the United States — who sampled brews blindly — also dubbed Green Bench as one of the top 10 breweries.

Eighty-one categories were assigned winners, and more than 20 international breweries from locales like Iceland, Australia, Mexico and Brazil participated.

According to a press release, more than 3,000 beers and ciders were submitted by competitors.

The U.S. Open, which is the only brewery contest that judges professional breweries and award-winning home brewers, named Wormtown Brewing in Worcester, Massachusetts, its Grand National Champion. Wormtown won three golds and one silver.

Three styles of cider were judged for the first time in the competition's history, too. Another Massachusetts brewery, Boston Beer Company, earned three medals, winning the title of Cider of the Year for its Angry Orchard creations.

Here are the winners from around the state:

Barrel-Aged Wood / Barrel-Aged Pale Beer
GOLD - Saison de Banc Vert - Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Pete)

Cream Stout
GOLD - Cigar City Brunch - Cigar City Brewpub (Tampa)

BRONZE - Sweet Stout - Motorworks Brewing (Bradenton)

Coffee Beer
GOLD - Cubano Espresso - Cigar City Brewing (Tampa)

Experimental Beer
BRONZE - Spring Bloom IIPA: Jerry's Birthday Batch - Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Pete)

Imperial Stout
GOLD - Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing (Tampa)

BRONZE - Devil's Triangle - Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral)

Irish Red Ale
SILVER - Rollin Dirty - Brew Bus Brewing (Tampa)

BRONZE - Irish Red - Rapp Brewing (Seminole)

Marzen / Oktoberfest
GOLD - City Fest - Brewzzi CityPlace (West Palm Beach)

BRONZE - Double Decker - Brewing Bus Brewing (Tampa)

SILVER - Black Duke - Brewzzi CityPlace (West Palm Beach)

Special Aged Beer
BRONZE - Triple Lindy - Big Bear Brewing Company (Coral Springs)

Specialty Cider and Perry
GOLD - Cigar City Cider Homemade Apple Pie - Cigar City Cider and Mead (Tampa)
Vegetable Beer
BRONZE - Honey Jalapeno Blonde Ale - Big Top Brewing Company (Sarasota)

Wood / Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
GOLD - French Oak Rye Sour Brown - Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Pete)

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