New York State Steinholding Championship

We are excited to be partnering with Hofbräuhaus Buffalo to bring you the inaugural 2023 New York State Steinholding Championship!

We are very excited to announce an historic partnership with Hofbräuhaus Buffalo to bring Steinholding the Empire State and we're going big with a Steinholding tournament series that spans New York and culminates with the State Championship Finals on October 14th, 2023 at 3:00pm at Hofbräuhaus Buffalo! The Hofbräu bier will be flowing, and the winner of the men's and women's competition finals will make New York State Sporting History to be crowned the first ever 2023 New York State Steinholding Champions and will receive over $500 in 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? Great question! There are two ways:

1. We're partnering with breweries, bars, and festivals across the Empire State to host preliminary qualifying rounds at these venues. Each location will be sending the winner of their men's competition and women's competition to represent them at the Hofbräuhaus Buffalo State Championship Finals. The different venues are listed below along with the dates and times for each competition. If your favorite NY venue isn't hosting a competition, tell them to get registered so you can join the fun!


2. You can compete at Hofbräuhaus Buffalo in their preliminary round qualifying competition on September 30th, time TBD and the winners will be invited to move on to compete in the State Championship Finals.

What are the rules?

U.S. Steinholding Association Official Steinholding Rules will be used. There will be a team of official USSA 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 competition map and venue list below. Don't see your favorite venue listed? Reach out to them and tell them that you DEMAND STEINHOLDING and they need to sign up! We'll be announcing more locations throughout the summer and fall 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
Tap That Tap Room363 Delaware St., Tonawanda, NY 14150September 7th and 21st, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop444 Center St., Lewiston, NY 14092September 9th, 2023 at 2:30pm
The Ale House3744 Vestal Pkwy E., Vestal, NY 13850September 14th, 2023 at 6:30pm
Eli Fish Brewing Co.109 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020Prelim Competition Dates/Times TBD
Local Finals: September 16th, 2023, time TBD
Oktoberfest Rochester hosted by Rohrbach Brewing Co.280 North Union Street, Rochester NY 14609September 22nd, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm
Hamburg Oktoberfest59 Lake St., Hamburg, NY 14075September 23, 2023, time TBD
Candyman Pizza / Caputis Sheridan Pub 2347 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda, NY 14150September 28, 2023 at 7:30pm
Truffle Honey Eatery3943 Route 394, Mayville, NY 14757September 29th-30th, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Solera Taphouse Oktoberfest4393 State Route 414, Burdett, NY 148September 30th, 2023 at 3:00pm
Hofbräuhaus Buffalo190 Scott Street, Buffalo, New York 14204Prelim Qualifying Round: September 30th at 8:00pm
State Finals: Saturday October 14th, 2023 at 3:00pm
A.W. Wander Oktoberfest145 East Seneca St., Manlius, NY 13104October 1st, 2023 at 4:00pm
Beerhead Bar and Eatery Rochester1401 Mt Hope Ave., Rochester, NY 14620October 5th, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Flahertys' Annual Hoistathon and Oktoberfest 60 W Main St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472October 5th, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Nickel City BrewZ5175 Broadway #1, Depew, NY 14043Practice/For Fun Matches: September 15, 23, and 30, 2023 at 7 & 8pm; Official Nickel City Qualifier: October 6, 2023 at 6:30pm
Rusty Nickel Brewing4350 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY 14224October 7th, 2023, time TBD
Prison City Brewing Oktoberfest251 North St., Auburn, NY 13021October 8th, 2023 at 2:45 pm

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

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