Revelry Brewing takes home four medals in the U.S. Open Beer Championship

What's more American than award-winning beer?


Revelry Brewing brought home the gold this weekend. Two golds, that is. Oh, and a bronze and silver too. Held on July 4 in Oxford Ohio, the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship judged 4,000 beers from around the world in 90 categories. Revelry placed third overall and bested big names like Stone Brewing and Deschutes Brewery, last year's second and third place breweries, respectively.

Revelry entered five beers in the competition and four walked (sloshed?) away with medals. The fifth, Funkmaster Brett and the Furious Hops didn't medal, but still took home an award for "most creative name."

Revelry's Lean or Fat Summer ale (which was made especially for the inaugural Lewis Barbecue pop-ups at the brewery) took home the gold in the English Ale category, Oh My Darlyn! (not a misspelling but rather the name of a business partner's mother) took the gold in Strong Scottish Ale, the Gullah cream ale took silver in the American Cream Ale, and Melle's Helles grabbed the bronze in Munchner Helles Light. 

The hefty load of hardware didn't really surprise head brewer Ryan Coker.

Ryan Coker is the man behind Revelry's success. - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Ryan Coker is the man behind Revelry's success.

"You always enter [a competition] expecting to get good results. You don't enter a crappy beer," says Coker. Despite Revelry's confidence in their brews, though, the crew is still very excited about their championship results. "I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and my phone lit up like a Christmas tree," says Coker of the competition's late-night announcement. "We're pretty pumped about it."

"We are less and less the redheaded stepsister to Asheville," he says, acknowledging how significant these medals are not only for Charleston brewers, but for South Carolina brewers in general. "It helps to validate the industry here," says Coker.

Coker's current favorite brew is the Gold-winning Lean or Fat, which he says is perfect when you want to drink more than two beers and remain coherent. Coherent enough to enjoy the food that goes with those beers, of course. 

Revelry seems to be having its moment, both with this weekend's great success, and the recent surge in Revelry drinkers at Saturday's uber popular John Lewis barbecues. "We're going to hang them right from the bar," says Coker of the four medals and third place overall plaque. He wants Revelry's win to benefit all of Charleston's breweries. "We can tell people who ask about them, go to COAST, or Holy City, they've got good stuff over there," he says. 

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