Charlotte-area breweries rack up medals in national competition

CHARLOTTE — A small Charlotte brewery is bringing home big honors from a prominent national beer competition. Pilot Brewing Co., which focuses on small-batch, experimental beers, is ranked No. 5 among the top breweries overall in the 2022 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Judges for that competition evaluated more than 9,000 beers entered in 150-plus categories.

In addition to placing among the top 10 breweries in the U.S. Open, Pilot snagged four medals in the competition — three gold and one bronze. It also earned a spot among the top 10 beer names for its Kolsch Me if You Can.

More than two dozen breweries across the Carolinas won about 40 medals in total. That includes nine local breweries, four of whom brought home gold.

Check out the list of local medalists here.

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