Illinois State Steinholding Championship

We're partnering with DESTIHL Brewery to bring you the inaugural Illinois Steinholding State Championship!

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We are very excited to be partnering with the DESTIHL Brewery as the host venue for our first ever 2024 Illinois Steinholding State Championship Finals! Since Steinholding is always better when there's great beer in your glass, we couldn't be happier to work with a brewery that is well known for their outstanding German beer styles! The best Steinholders from across the state will come together at the brewery in Normal, IL on Saturday October 12th, 2024 where the winners will make Illinois sporting history when they are crowned the first ever Illinois State Steinholding Champions! AND they will each receive over $500 worth of prizes!

There are a limited number of spots available for the finals and you'll need to compete at one of our Qualifying Venue partner locations (listed below) to qualify for the finals and get your shot at the big prizes.

How do I qualify for the Finals? There are two ways:

1. Festivals, breweries, and bars across Illinois are hosting preliminary qualifying rounds! The winners from the men's competition and women's competition at each location will be invited to represent their qualifying location at the DESTIHL Brewery Championship Match. The different venues are listed below along with the dates and times for each competition. If your favorite venue isn't hosting a competition, tell them to get registered so you can join the fun!


2. You can compete at DESTIHL Brewery at their Qualifying Competition on date/time TBD! The winner will then be invited back to represent DESTIHL Brewery with home field advantage at the Championship!

What are the rules?

U.S. Steinholding Association Official Steinholding Rules will be used. There will be a team of official USSA-trained judges at the finals, so study up on the rules and spend some time training to make sure your form is clean, or you won't last long in the Championship Round!

Alright, I'm in. Where can I compete?!

Check out the initial state competition map and venue list below. Don't see your favorite venue listed? Let them know that you DEMAND STEINHOLDING so they best sign up! We'll be announcing more locations throughout the summer as registrations come in so check back and follow us on FB and IG for updates. Remember- these venues will have limited spaces available for their qualifying rounds, so show up early and register in advance with the venue if you can!

VenueAddressCompetition Date
DESTIHL Brewery1200 Greenbriar Drive, Normal, IL 61761Qualifying Round Competition: Date/Time TBD
State Finals: October 12th, 2024, Time TBD
German American Central Society17601 N Harker Dr., Peoria, IL 61615Date/Time TBD

Want to compete or host a competition in a State Championship tournament? Check out the buttons below for more information!

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