North Carolina State Steinholding Championship

We're very excited to be bringing Masskrugstemmen to North Carolina and partnering with Gilde Brewery and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild to bring you the North Carolina State Steinholding Championship Tournament!

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Gilde Brewery and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild to bring Steinholding to North Carolina and we're going big with a Steinholding tournament series that spans the state and culminates with the State Championship Finals on Saturday October 28th, 2023 at Gilde Brewery in Charlotte, NC! The German lagers will be flowing, and the winner of the men's and women's competition finals will be crowned the first ever North Carolina Steinholding State Champions and will each receive a $500 prize!

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 North Carolina to host preliminary qualifying rounds at these venues. The men's and women's winner from each registered Qualifying Venue will be invited to represent their venue at Gilde Brewery for the State Championship Finals. The different venues are listed below along with the dates and times for each competition. If your favorite North Carolina venue isn't hosting a competition, tell them to get registered so you can join the fun!


2. You can compete at Gilde Brewery's Oktoberfest in one of their preliminary round competitions! Competitors who post the best times during the Oktoberfest, September 30th, 2023, times TBD will qualify 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
Joymongers Brewing Co.576 N Eugene St., Greensboro, NC 27401Prelim Rounds every Saturday at 4pm from August 5th - September 9th, 2023
Local Finals: September 16, 2023 at Joymongers' Oktoberfest - top times from the prelim rounds are invited back to go head to head!
Birdsong Brewing Co.1016 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28206August 12th, 2023 at 3:00pm
Steel Hands Brewing1918 W Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27403September 9th, 2023, time TBD
Toasty Kettlyst Beer Co.106 W Main St, Gibsonville, NC 27249Prelim Competitions: every Saturday from September 9th-September 30th, 2023. Prelim winner will be invited back to Toasty Kettlyst Oktoberfest on October 7th, 2023 at 6:00pm to go head to head to crown the local champions who will move on to the State Finals!
Foothills Brewing3800 Kimwell Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27103September 10th, 2023 at 2:00pm!
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217September 16th, 2023 from 4:00-5:45pm, September 17th from 12:00-1:45pm, September 23rd from 4:00-5:45pm, and September 24th from 12:00-1:45pm
Village Beverage Co.1015 NC 150 W, Suite A, Summerfield NC, 27358September 16th, 2023 at 6:00pm
Red Buffalo Brewing Co.319 W Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601September 17, 2023 at various rounds throughout the day starting at 2pm.
Wooden Robot Brewery1440 S Tryon St., Unit 110, Charlotte, NC 28203September 23rd, 2023 at 5:00pm
Bragging Rooster Beer and Mead120 S Main St., Warrenton, NC 27589September 30, 2023 at 1:00pm (men's competition) and 3:00pm (women's competition)
Four Saints Brewing Co.218 S. Fayetteville St Asheboro, NC 27203September 30th, 2023 at 3, 4, and 5pm!
Pitt Street Brewing Company630 S Pitt St., Greenville, NC 27834September 30th, 2023 at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
New Bern Breakfast Rotary B/S/H/ OktoberfestUnion Point Park, 210 E Front St., New Bern, NC 28560September 30th, 2023 at 8:30pm!
Gilde Brewery3530 Dewitt Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217Qualifier: September 30th, 2023
State Finals: October 28th, 2023
Times TBD
Ghostface Brewing215 S Broad St., Mooresville, NC 28115October 1st, 2023 at 3:00pm!
Triangle Oktoberfest8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518October 6th and 7th, 2023, competitions on Friday at 6:00, 7:30, and 8:45pm; competitions on Saturday at 1:15pm, 3:15pm (men only), 3:30pm (women only), 5:15pm, and 6:45pm!
Yacht Club Beverage House118 E Main St, Youngsville, NC 27587October 7th, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Sweet Union Brewing Co.13717 E Independence Blvd., Indian Trail, NC 28079October 8, 2023 at 3:00pm
#NCBEER Steinholding Competition4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607 (South Lobby of J.S. Dorton Arena)October 13, 2023 at 6:30pm
Southend Brewing117b W Lewis St., Greensboro, NC 27406Dates / Times TBD
Red Buffalo Brewing Co.108 North Center St., Statesville, NC 28677Dates / Times 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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