BC brewers/breweries dominated the 9th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards, held in Toronto August 25-28, taking home 38 of the 117 medals awarded including the gold medal for "Beer of the Year" by Driftwood Brewery for their Fat Tug IPA.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am probably responsible for about 10% of Fat Tug's sales in the Lower Mainland. I have been telling everyone who will listen it is the best bottled beer in BC, but I guess I was wrong, as it has now been judged the best bottled beer in Canada.
This year's event, which was sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), incorporated style guidelines used by the BJCP, the Brewers Association Style Guidelines and the Great American Beer Festival and included only bottled beers.
When the dust had settled and the last sample had been judged, BC easily outdistanced their closest competitors, Ontario, who brought home 31 medals and Quebec, who snagged 22. Leading the charge for BC breweries were Howe Sound Brewing, who brought home an impressive seven awards, with four silver and three bronze and Tree Brewing who were recognized four times with one gold and four bronze medals. Not only did Howe Sound top all BC breweries, but by my count, they brought home more medals than any other brewery in the country, narrowly beating out Quebec's Unibroue who captured six medals. In total 16 BC breweries were honoured, bring home 11 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals.
Last year BC made a big impact as well with, Surrey's Central City Brewing taking home three golds plus "Beer of the Year", with Thor's Hammer and "Brewery of the Year" honours. It just goes to show the quality of the brewers we have in our province and how they are pushing each other to get better and better which benefits us, the consumers, who get to taste these brilliant brews and the industry as a whole.
Well done and congratulations to all the BC brewers and breweries who were honoured!!
What a way to start building the buzz for October's BC Craft Beer Month, a month designated to celebrate BC craft beers.
List of BC winners
Silver: Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Stout
Silver: Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Pumpkin Beer
Silver: Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout - Experimental Beer
Silver: Baldwin and Cooper Best Bitter - English Style Pale Ale (Bitter)
Bronze: Howe Sound Lager - Kellerbier
Bronze: Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale - N American Style Blonde/Golden Ale
Bronze: Woolly Bugger - English Style Barley Wine
Tree Brewing Co
Gold: Serendipity #3 - Wood or Barrel Aged Beer
Bronze: Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale - N American Style Amber Lager
Bronze: Captivator Doppelbock - Bock Traditional German Style
Bronze: Hop Head Double IPA - Imperial IPA
Driftwood Brewing Co
Beer of the Year – Fat Tug IPA
Gold: Fat Tug IPA - N American Style IPA
Silver: Singularity Russian Imperial Stout - Wood or Barrel Aged Strong Beer
Vancouver Island Brewery
Gold: Hermannator Ice Bock - Bock Traditional German Style
Gold: Sea Dog Amber Ale - N American Style Amber/Red Ale
Silver: Hermann’s Dark Lager - N American Style Dark Lager
Granville Island Brewing Co
Gold: Belgian Wit - Wheat Beer-Belgian Style White/Wit
Silver: Cypress Honey Lager - Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale
Bronze: Ginger Beer - Fruit Beer
Lighthouse Brewing Co
Bronze: Overboard Imperial Pilsner - European Style Lager/Pilsner
Silver: Navigator Doppelbock - Bock Traditional German Style
Okanagan Spring Brewery
Bronze: Brewmaster’s Black Lager - N American Style Dark Lager
Silver: Porter - Strong Porter (Baltic)
Swans Buckerfields Brewery
Silver: Scotch Ale - Scotch Ale
Bronze: Pandora Pale Ale - English Style Pale Ale (Bitter)
R&B Brewing Co
Silver: Hoppelganger IPA - English Style IPA
Bronze: East Side Bitter - N American Style Pale Ale (Bitter)
Yaletown Brewing Co
Gold: Hill’s Special Wheat - Wheat Beer-German Style Hefeweizen
Silver: Yaletown Oud Bruin - Wood or Barrel Aged Sour Beer
Central City Brewing Co
Gold: Thor’s Hammer - English Style Barley Wine
Silver: Red Racer Imperial - Imperial IPA
Dead Frog Brewery
Gold: Pepper Lime Lager - Fruit Beer
Bronze: Citra IPA - N American Style IPA
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co
Gold: High County Kolsch - Kolsch
Nelson Brewing Co
Silver: Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale - Kolsch
Phillips Brewing Co
Bronze: Analog 78 - Kolsch
Fernie Brewing Co
Gold: Sap Sucker Maple Porter - Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale
For a complete listing of all the medal winners check out the Canadian Brewing Awards.