Schell's named among the top 10 breweries at the 2011 US Open Beer Championships

An oldie but a goodie: Schell's was founded in 1860.

An oldie but a goodie: Schell's was founded in 1860.

Schell's Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota, is the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the United States, and even after 151 years in business, it isn't showing any sign of losing its edge: The brewery ranked in the Top 10 at the recent U.S. Open Beer Championships.

The longtime brewery may be experiencing something of a resurgence, as this is the third year in a row that Schell's has made the Top 10 list, pitting their beers against over twelve hundred others from around the world that competed in fifty different categories.


Schell's five medaling beers were Schell's Deer Brand (gold) in the American Cream Ale category, Schell's Light and Grain Belt Premium (silver) in the American Light and American Lager/ Pilsner category, and Schell's Hefeweizen and Stout (bronze) in their respective categories.

The top 10 breweries based on the number of beers placing first (3 points), second (2 points) or third (1 point) are:

1. Deschutes Brewery, Oregon 2. Cigar City Brewing, Florida 2. Grand Teton Brewing, Idaho 4. Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts 5. New Belgium Brewing, Colorado 6. Full Sail Ales, Oregon 7. Sprecher Brewing, Wisconsin 8. Neustadt Brewing, Canada 9. Montana Brewing, Montana 10. August Schell, Minnesota 10. Capital Brewing, Wisconsin