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Vote for the 2015 Golden Tap Awards

August 10th, 2015 Posted by Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

The Golden Tap Awards, Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, has launched its voting for 2015.  Now in its thirteenth year, the Golden Tap Awards is the only major beer awards event in Ontario predominately determined by public vote by beer lovers in the province, recognizing the following achievements:

  • Best craft brewery in Ontario
  • Best brewery for cask-conditioned ales in Ontario
  • Best bar in Ontario for draught beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for bottled and/or canned beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for cask-conditioned ale
  • Best brewpub or tied house in Ontario
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer in Ontario
  • Best seasonal or specialty craft beer in Ontario
  • Best cask-conditioned ale in Ontario
  • Best craft cidery in Ontario
  • Design Award: For the best packaging design, label artwork and branding in Ontario
  • Innovation Award: For pushing the boundaries of craft brewing the furthest in Ontario
  • Newcomer Award: For the best bar, brewpub, restaurant or brewery that is new to Ontario
  • Event Award: For the best beer event that took place in the past year in Ontario
  • Staff Award: For the best (most beer-knowledgeable, friendly) staff in Ontario
  • Beer Writer Award: For the best beer writer (print, digital or other) in Ontario
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: For the best beer in Ontario, as decided by the craft brewers themselves

Beer fans are encouraged to vote now until September 15th, 2015.  Winners will be announced at a gala event at Toronto’s beerbistro on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 during Toronto Beer Week.

Golden Tap Awards 2014 Announced

September 18th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

GTA - logo - Black and ColourLast night at beerbistro the 2014 Golden Tap Awards were announced:

  • Best Brewery in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery
  • Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ales in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery
  • Best Brewpub or Tied House in Ontario: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best Cidery in Ontario: West Avenue Cider Company
  • Best Regularly-Produced Beer in Ontario: Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale
  • Best Seasonal or One-Off Beer in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery Thrust! An IPA
  • Best Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario: Granite Brewery Hopping Mad
  • Best Bar for Draught Selection in Ontario: Bar Hop
  • Best Bar for Packaged Beer Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Bar for Cask Ale Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Beer Event in Ontario: Cask Days
  • Best Beer Writer in Ontario: Ben Johnson
  • Best Staff in Ontario: Bar Hop
  • Best Newcomer to the Beer Scene in Ontario: Side Launch Brewing Company
  • Most Innovative Brewery in Ontario: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best Beer Design and Branding in Ontario: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
  • Brewmaster’s Choice – Best Beer in Ontario: Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Buster Rhino’s & Durham Craft Beer Festival
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Society of Beer Drinking Ladies
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Beau’s Oktoberfest
  • Editor’s Circle Award: George Milbrandt
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Nickel Brook Brewery
  • Best Beer of the Fest: Bellwoods Bounty Hunter

Thanks to all who made the Golden Tap Awards a success!

Countdown to the Golden Tap Awards

September 17th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

GTA - logo - Black and ColourThe 2014 Golden Tap Awards will be handed out tonight at beerbistro as a part of Toronto Beer Week.  This year is the biggest Golden Tap Awards ever, with more categories added reflecting the expanded craft beer culture in Ontario.  Tonight’s event will feature an all-Ontario beer and cider festival, with over 30 breweries and cideries available, including:

Draught

  • Great Lakes Thrust! An IPA
  • Junction Brakeman’s Session Ale
  • Spearhead Sam Roberts Band Ale
  • Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA
  • Black Oak Oaktoberfest
  • Nickel Brook Le Paysan Saison
  • Amsterdam TBW Farmhouse Ale
  • West Avenue Spy: Northern Spy Apple Farmhouse Cider
  • Left Field Sunlight Park Saison
  • Boshkung Tart-an Spruce Ale
  • Beer Academy Rauchbier
  • Bellwoods Bounty Hunter Strong Porter with Vanilla + Coconut
  • Beau’s Haters Gonna H8 Kolsch Bock
  • Spirit Tree Double Pagan Crabapple
  • Kensington FishEYE-PA
  • C’est What Burnt Offering Harvest Ale
  • Side Launch Wheat
  • Cameron’s Roggenbier
  • Hop City Hopbot
  • Publican House Highnoon

Cask

  • House Ales Punters Gold
  • West Avenue Cider Wild Blueberry Scrumpy

Bottle/Can

  • Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale
  • Spearhead Moroccan Brown
  • Steam Whistle Pilsner
  • Arch Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA
  • Creemore Springs Traditional Pilsner
  • Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance
  • Beau’s Dial “Z” for Zwickel
  • Side Launch Dark Lager
  • King Dark Lager
  • King Pilsner
  • Oast House Biere de Garde
  • Brick Works Ciderhouse Batch: 1904
  • Innocente Bystander American Pale
  • Mill Street Nightmare on Mill Street
  • Mill Street 100th Meridian
  • Mill Street Oktoberfest

The Golden Tap Awards are free to attend and you can purchase beer at the event.  Doors open at 5pm, and the awards show is at 8pm.  Beerbistro is located at 18 King Street East.  We hope to see you there!

Vote For Beer: The 2014 Golden Tap Awards Launch

August 10th, 2014 Posted by Beer Awards, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

GTA - logo - Black and ColourThe Golden Tap Awards, Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, has launched its voting for 2014 with an expanded set of categories to reflect the ever-growing importance of craft beer in the province.

Now in its twelfth year, the Golden Tap Awards is the leading awards event whereby winners are determined through a democratic vote by the general public – and anyone can be nominated or win – as long as they represent craft beer.

This year the Golden Tap Awards is adding a new set of awards recognizing special achievements, to go alongside the established main awards.

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Toronto Beer Week Back on Tap Tonight

September 12th, 2013 Posted by Beer Events, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 11.19.00 AMToronto Beer Week, a week-long celebration of craft beer in the city, kicks off its fourth edition tonight with a preview event at the Premium Beer Experience at the Berkeley Church on Queen Street East.

The Bar Towel is a proud partner of Toronto Beer Week, having been involved with the event since its inception.  Toronto Beer Week has grown to include dozens of breweries, bars and importers from Toronto and beyond, with a dizzying array of beer events across the city.

If you’re a serious craft beer fan, or just starting to try out new brews, there will be an event for you.  Please take a look at the extensive Event Calendar to see what’s happening around town during the week.

The Bar Towel is also hosting a few events throughout the week – on Sunday we are having a special Brewer’s Backyard at the Brick Works entitled Septembière, exclusively with Quebec beer.  On Wednesday we are handing out the hardware from the 11th annual Golden Tap Awards at beerbistro, with an all-Ontario craft beer festival. We have also helped out Tallboys with a new event entitled the CANpionship.  And yours truly is a judge for Beer Academy’s Beer Cocktail Competition on Monday night.

There’s lots to experience, drink, taste and enjoy during Toronto Beer Week. Don’t miss it!

Golden Tap Awards 2013 Voting Opens

August 12th, 2013 Posted by Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

GTA - logo - Colour-blueThe Golden Tap Awards, which has been recognizing beer achievements in Ontario since 2003, has launched voting for its 11th edition.

The Golden Tap Awards ask beer lovers from across the province to vote for their favourite beers, breweries, bars and brewpubs – with no nominees – whatever their favourite is can be their choice.

Voting takes place from now until September 10th, 2013 online at goldentap.com.  Winners will be announced at a special gala event at beerbistro on Wednesday, September 18th as a part of Toronto Beer Week.  The event will feature an all-Ontario craft beer festival, along with a special limited-access beer and food pairing experience.

The Golden Tap Awards are also proud to welcome the Ontario Craft Brewers as a presenting partner this year.

All details about the Golden Tap Awards including the history of the awards, past winners and event details can be found at goldentap.com.  Now go and vote for your favourites!

2012 Golden Tap Award Winners Announced

September 23rd, 2012 Posted by Beer Events, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet
Last night at the closing night party of Toronto Beer Week, the 2012 Golden Tap Awards were announced.  The awards, now in their 10th year, recognize the best achievements in beer in Ontario, as voted upon by the general public.  The 2012 winners were:

  • Best Microbrewery in Ontario: Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company
  • Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery
  • Best Bar for Draught Beer Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Bar for Bottled Beer Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Bar for Cask Ale in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Brewpub or Tied House in Ontario: Granite Brewery
  • Best Regularly-Produced Beer in Ontario: Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
  • Best Seasonal or Specialty Beer in Ontario: Black Oak Ten Bitter Years
  • Best Cask Ale in Ontario: Granite Hopping Mad
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Muskoka Brewery Re-Branding
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Niagara College
  • Editor’s Circle Award: The Only Cafe
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Paul Dickey
  • Best Beer of the Festival: Great Lakes My Bitter Wife

Congratulations to all the winners!

Golden Tap Awards Beer Lineup Revealed

September 22nd, 2012 Posted by Beer Events, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

The beer lineup for today’s Golden Tap Awards has been revealed, and it’s one of the best of all-time.  The Golden Taps will feature beers from across the province, with all tap lines at beerbistro changed over just for tonight.  The event will feature 22 different beers on tap, all from different breweries, plus three casks and a bottle station.  See after the break for the full list, and we hope to see you tonight!

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Golden Tap Awards Announced on Saturday

September 20th, 2012 Posted by Beer Events, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Voting has closed, and now it’s time to reveal the winners!  The 10th anniversary Golden Tap Awards will be unveiled on Saturday, September 22nd at the closing-night party of Toronto Beer Week at beerbistro.

The event, which is open to the public and is free admission, will feature an all-Ontario craft beer festival with some of the best beers that the province has to offer.  We’ll be offering sample sizes during the festival portion, which runs from 4pm until 8pm.  At 8pm we will hand out the awards, and from that point onwards all beer will be available in full glasses.  We’ll also have delicious beerbistro cuisine available including pulled pork and poutine (don’t have to wait until late-night on Saturday!)

We will be handing out awards across a series of categories including best brewery (regular + cask), best brewpub, best beer (regular, cask + seasonal) and best bar (draught, bottled + cask), along with a special set of Editor’s Circle awards for special achievements in beer.

We will have breweries from across the province represented, with beers available from Cheshire Valley, 3 Brewers, King, Bellwoods, Amsterdam, Spearhead, Great Lakes, Double Trouble, House Ales, Indie Alehouse, Junction, Kensington and more.

Doors open to the Golden Tap Awards at 4pm on Saturday, September 22nd at beerbistro, located at 18 King Street East.  Awards show at 8pm.  Admission is free, and we hope to see you there!