Posts in Beer Awards

BC Holds Their Own – Stateside

June 8th, 2011 Posted by Beer Awards, British Columbia No Comment yet

No, I’m not referring to games 3 & 4 in Boston, those were a total disaster. But this past weekend the North American Brewers Association presented their annual awards… and these Canucks won!

Howe Sound Brewing Company
Gold (Kristall Weizen / Berliner Weisse) – Goldtooth Berliner Weisse
Silver (Weizen Bock) – King Heffy
Bronze (Herbed / Spiced) – Pumpkineater Pumpkin Ale

R&B Brewing Company
Gold (American Style Wheat Beer) – SunGod Wheat Ale
Bronze (English Pale Ale) – Red Devil Pale Ale
Bronze (English-Style IPA) – Hoppelganger IPA

Whistler Brewing Company
Gold (Bavarian Style Hefeweizen) – Weissbier Wheat Ale

Bowen Island Brewing Company
Silver (Honey Beer / Malternatives) – Honey Brown Lager

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2011: Final Event

May 16th, 2011 Posted by Beer Awards, Beer Events, British Columbia No Comment yet


Thanks to the Urban Diner ticket giveaway, I made it down to the final Vancouver Craft Beer Week event. This was the Brewery Creek Beer Festival featuring 24 BC breweries. There was a number of new products, hard to find brews and old favourites to provide a full afternoon of sampling pleasure.

The 2nd Annual BC Beer Awards were also handed out at this event. They had 170 entries, which is seriously impressive (the recent 8th annual Ontario Brewing Awards only had 135)! Congratulations to all the winners, there’s certainly some tough competition.

Lager/Pilsner
Gold: Conrad Gmoser of Steamworks – Pilsner
Silver: Iain Hill of Yaletown – Pilsner
Bronze: Paul Hoyne of Lighthouse – Fisgard 150

Special Lager
Gold: David Varga, Hamish MacRae & Cory Curtis of Red Truck Brewing – Big Black Bock
Silver: Ralf Pittroff of Vancouver Island Brewing – Hermann’s Dark Lager

Session
Gold: Brent Mills of R&B Brewing – Raven Cream Ale
Silver: Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing – Crooked Coast Amber Ale
Bronze: Ralf Pittroff of Vancouver Island Brewing – Seadog Amber Ale

Pale
Gold: Gary Lohin of Red Racer Brewing – Pale Ale
Silver: Brent Mills of R&B Brewing – East Side Bitter
Bronze: Gary Lohin of Red Racer Brewing – ESB

Stout
Gold: Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing – Singularity
Silver: Paul Hoyne of Lighthouse Brewing Company – Keepers Stout
Bronze: Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing – Diamond Head Stout

Porter/Brown
Gold: Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing – Blackstone Porter
Silver: Vern Lambourne of Granville Island Brewing – Nut Brown
Bronze: Murray Hunter of Saltspring Island Ales – Porter

Scottish/Irish
Gold: Brent Mills of R&B Brewing – Auld Nick Winter Ale
Silver: Terry Schoffer of Cannery Brewing – Squire Scotch Ale
Bronze: Jack Bensley of Russell Brewing – Wee Angry Scotch Ale

Wheat/Rye
Gold: Bart Larson of Mt. Begbie Brewing – Bob’s Your Dunkel
Silver: Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing – White Bark Wheat Ale
Bronze: Iain Hill of Yaletown Brewing Company – Hills’ Special Wheat

IPA
Gold: Stefan Buhl of Tree Brewing – Hophead Double India Pale Ale
Silver: Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing – Fat Tug IPA
Bronze: Gary Lohin of Red Racer Brewing – IPA

Sour/Fruit
Gold: Stefan Buhl of Tree Brewing – Raspberry Porter
Silver: James Walton of Storm Brewing – Black Currant Lambic
Bronze: Jack Bensley of Russell Brewing – Lemon Ale

Strong
Gold: Gary Lohin of Central City Brewing – Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine
Silver: Jason Meyer and Kevin Hearsum of Driftwood Brewing – Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine
Bronze: Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing – Woolley Bugger Barley Wine

Speciality
Gold: Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing – MegaDestroyer
Silver: Paul Wilson and Franco Corno of Howe Sound Brewing – Father John’s Winter Ale
Bronze: Jack Bensley of Russell Brewing – Nectar of the Gods Wheat Wine

Best in Show
Conrad Gmoser of Steamworks Brewing Company – Pilsner

Best not in Show
Gary Lohin of Central City Brewing – Imperial IPA
(this one was apparently misplaced during the judging)

Great Lakes My Bitter Wife Takes IPA Challenge

September 27th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards, Beer Events No Comment yet

For the past couple of months Bar Volo has been running a blind, bracket-style elimination competition of the top cask IPAs in Ontario.  Well, it was announced today that My Bitter Wife from the Great Lakes Brewery has won the competition.  Congratulations Great Lakes on the recognition – this is their second award for the beer in a few days, as it also took home a bronze medal in the Canadian Brewing Awards as well.

Canadian Brewing Awards Announced

September 26th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

On Friday night at the Cool Brewery in Etobicoke, the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards were announced to a capacity room of brewers, media and beer lovers.  Hosted by Bar Towel founder Cass Enright, the CBAs awarded over 90 medals across approximately 30 categories.  76 breweries participated this year, up from 40 last year, demonstrating the growing enthusiasm in the CBAs with the brewers in Canada.  Congratulations to all the winners, especially Central City of Surrey, B.C. who cleaned up with three golds, beer of the year and brewery of the year.  Full winners list below.

(more…)

Amsterdam to Brew Winning Homebrew Contest Entry

August 30th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

Toronto Beer Week is proud to partner with the Amsterdam Brewing Company to offer a spectacular prize to the winner of the Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Contest 2010. Not only will the winner experience the pride of being the top dog, but they’ll also experience making their beer on a larger scale under the supervision of Amsterdam’s brewmaster, Jamie Mistry, at the brewhouse. Amsterdam will then release the beer from their brewery store, with a portion of proceeds being donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.

Amsterdam have a great history of supporting homebrewers – they’ve hosted a teach a friend to homebrew day and they also won a Golden Tap award in 2009 for the doppelbock they produced in collaboration with local homebrewer and Bar Toweller, Derek Hyde. We’re excited to have them onboard and supporting the local scene. We’re also excited about drinking the winning beer once its released!

In addition to the grand prize, there will also be extra prizes for the second and third placed brewers, as well as the style category winners. The second placed entrant will experience being a brewer for the day at the Granite Brewery in Toronto, where brewmaster Ron Keefe will show you how he makes his fantastic range of ales. Individual category winners will receive a homebrewing prize pack courtesy of our sponsors, Hops Direct and Canadian Homebrew Supplies. The third placed entrant will also receive a subscription to Taps: Canada’s Beer Magazine.

The deadline for submissions is September 15th and full rules and entry form can be found by clicking here.

Barley Days May Bock Named CCBA 2009 Label Of The Year

August 25th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

The Collectors of Canadian Brewery Advertising (CCBA), Canada’s national organization for collectors of brewery memorabilia, have selected Barley Days May Bock as winner of their 2009 Label of the Year award.

The announcement was made earlier this month during the 31st annual CCBA convention in Kitchener, Ontario. The award has been presented annually since 1983, and recognizes achievement in beer label design.

May Bock was launched by Barley Days Brewery of Picton as a seasonal beer in the spring of 2009. The striking label incorporates the detail of an oil painting by renowned artist Manly MacDonald (1889-1971). MacDonald grew up on a farm east of Belleville, Ontario, and gained fame for his many paintings of Prince Edward County scenes.

Ontario MPPs Pick Their Favourite Craft Beers For 2010-11

May 10th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

Last week at Queen’s Park, The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, led MPPs, Queen’s Park staff and selected guests in media in a third annual tasting of craft beers from across Ontario.

48 beers from 15 members of the Ontario Craft Brewers were available for sampling, and tasters cast ballots to choose their favourites in six categories, with a seventh category – the “Speaker’s Selection” – chosen by the Speaker himself. The winning beers will be available in the dining room and at catered events & receptions at Queen’s Park for the 2010-11 year.

The winners for this year were:

Golden Lagers & PilsnersBeau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale
Refreshing AlesCameron’s Cream Ale
Amber Lagers, Ales & Honey Beers Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale
Malty Dark Lager or AleMuskoka Dark Ale
Bold Flavoured Ale, Stout or PorterGrand River Plowman’s Ale
Wheat Beer & SpecialtyMill Street Lemon Tea Beer
Speaker’s Selection Railway City Dead Elephant Ale

Ontario Brewing Awards 2009 Winners

April 14th, 2009 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

The Ontario Brewing Awards for 2009 were presented today at Esplanade Bier Markt. Here’s the full list of winners:
NORTH AMERICAN LIGHT LAGER
GOLD: Cool Brewing Stonewall Light
SILVER: Flying Monkeys Antigravity Light
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Cool Brewing Stonewall Light
PILSNER
GOLD: Steam Whistle Pilsner
SILVER: King Pilsner
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: King Pilsner
DARK LAGER
GOLD: King Dark Lager
SILVER: Steelback Tiverton Dark
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: King Dark Lager
AMBER ALE
GOLD: Old Credit Amber Ale
SILVER: Great Lakes Devils Pale Ale
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion
BITTER
GOLD: Grand River Galt Knife Old Style
SILVER: Mill Street ESB
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Grand River Galt Knife Old Style
SPECIALTY
GOLD: Mill Street Belgian Tripel
SILVER: Great Lakes Winter Ale
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Grand River Curmudgeon IPA
FRUIT BEER
GOLD: Black Oak Summer Saison
SILVER: Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Black Oak Summer Saison
WHEAT BEER
GOLD: Mill Street Belgian Wit
NORTH AMERICAN LAGER
GOLD: Wellington Trailhead Lager
SILVER: Cool Beer
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Cool Beer
CREAM ALE
GOLD: Mill Street Stock Ale
SILVER: Nickel Brook Draught
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Cameron’s Cream Ale
AMBER LAGER
GOLD: Creemore Springs Premium Lager
SILVER: Great Lakes Red Leaf
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Creemore Springs Premium Lager
PALE ALE
GOLD: Mill Street IPA
SILVER: Black Oak Pale Ale
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Mill Street Tankhouse Ale
HONEY BEER
GOLD: Steelback Red Maple
SILVER: Old Credit Holiday Honey Beer
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Old Credit Holiday Honey Beer
DARK ALE
GOLD: Muskoka Dark Ale
SILVER: Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Wellington County Dark Ale
PORTER/STOUT
GOLD: Scotch-Irish John By Imperial Stout
SILVER: Black Oak Nutcracker Porter
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout
BOCK
GOLD: Creemore Springs urBock
SILVER: Mill Street Helles Bock
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Creemore Springs urBock

Ontario Brewing Awards 2009

April 12th, 2009 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

On Tuesday April 14th, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, the Bier Markt Esplanade (58 The Esplanade), LN, NOW Magazine and BET365 come together to celebrate Ontario’s finest beers with the 6th Annual Ontario Brewing Awards.
Awards will be given in various beer style categories, and many of the winning beers will be available for sampling.
For more information contact Erin McHattie at erinm@thebiermarkt.com. Space is limited, 19+ event, first come first served.