Three Kootenay-based craft breweries win at BC Beer Awards
The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines.
The recent BC Beer Awards held in Vancouver saw three Kootenay-based breweries take home some hardware – Fisher Peak Brewing Company, Cranbrook; Whitetooth Brewing Company, Golden and the Nelson Brewing Company in Nelson.
Golden’s Whitetooth captured two first place awards and Cranbrook’s Fisher Brewing Company and Nelson Brewing Company won one each.
This was the largest year ever! BC Beer Awards received 1085 entries from 109 BC Breweries. The judging took place over 3 days and was performed by a BJPC, Cicerone and Pro Brewers judges from all over North America. The BC Beer Awards & Festival (BCBA) has become one of the most anticipated awards ceremonies and beer tasting festivals in the Lower Mainland.
The mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Secondary, is ensuring that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it fits in a style or not. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help celebrate. There are well over 150 craft breweries in BC.
Here are the Kootenay winners by category:
1. Hellroaring Scottish, Fisher Peak Brewing Company — Cranbrook
1. Launch Pad Belgian-Inspired Rye Ale, Whitetooth Brewing Company Ltd. — Golden
North American Porter & Stout
1. Truth, Dare, Consequence Nordic Imperial Stout, Whitetooth Brewing Company Ltd. — Golden
North American Light Beer
1. Hooligan, Nelson Brewing Co. — Nelson
Brewery of the Year was awarded to Vancouver's 33 Acres Brewing Company.
Congratulations to all of the winners!