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Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. Wins Two Awards at US Open Beer Championship


Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. Wins Two Awards at US Open Beer Championship

Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. in Hawley, Pennsylvania has announced that it won two medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championships for its Underwater Church barrel-aged barleywine and its flagship Hawley Hefeweizen. Full details are below.

July 11, 2022 - Hawley, Pennsylvania - Wallenpaupack Brewing Company, the award-winning craft brewery and brewpub located adjacent to Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania, today announced it has earned two awards at the prestigious 2022 US Open Beer Championship.

This annual beer competition recognizes excellence in beer in 150 categories and is considered one of the top 3 beer competitions in the USA.  This year, the competition attracted a record-setting 9,000 beer submissions from breweries and home brewers who medaled at the 2021 Homebrew Association’s national competition. 

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company received two awards, including:

  • Gold medal in the blended barrel-aged beer category for ‘Underwater Church’ - a Barleywine that was aged in 3 different barrels (Bourbon, Rum & Moscatel) for over two years, then blended together.  This beer was first submitted to the US Open Beer Championships, with plans for a release later this summer / early fall at the brewery.
  • Silver medal in the German Hefeweizen category for “Hawley Hefeweizen” – one of the brewery’s flagship beers which is available year-round.  This is the second year in a row that Hawley Hefeweizen was recognized by the US Open Beer Competition; this particular beer has become the brewery’s most awarded beer since opening in 2017.

“We are honored to be recognized for two of our beers at this year’s US Open Championships.  Underwater Church was a labor of love, requiring patience and blending expertise by our head brewer Logan Ackerley; we can’t wait to share this delicious beer at the brewpub in the months ahead,” said Becky Ryman, Owner of Wallenpaupack Brewing Company.   “We are also extremely proud of our flagship Hawley Hefeweizen.  Logan brews this beer in the truest sense of the German Hefeweizen style, and we’re thrilled that so many competitions recognize its quality and consistency,” added Ryman.

Founded in 2017, Wallenpaupack Brewing Company has experienced considerable growth - it continues to brew exceptional beers that are esteemed by judges of international competitions, critics at leading publications and heralded by the public at large on popular rating apps such as Untapp’d.  The brewpub features food crafted using regional ingredients and hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year including music, games, trivia nights, brewery tours and more.

In addition, they recently opened a second taproom location in nearby Tafton, PA called The Wake Zone.  The taproom features six state-of-the art golf and sports simulators featuring a variety of games to play with the whole family.  The Wake Zone also features a snack bar, beer to-go, and various events throughout the year including music and specials. 

About Wallenpaupack Brewing Company

Wallenpaupack Brewing Company is an award-winning brewery located in Hawley, Pennsylvania and a taproom located in nearby Tafton, Pennsylvania.   Both locations are adjacent to Lake Wallenpaupack, the state’s second-largest man-made lake, in the Pocono mountains.   Inspired by the lake, the brewery produces a variety of exceptional craft beers that offer refreshment and complexity for any occasion.  Independently owned and operated by Becky Ryman since 2017, Wallenpaupack Brewing Company is committed to independence, exceptional craft brewing and the community which is its home.  For more information, please visit our websites at and