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Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 Canadian Brewing Award Winners

2012 Canadian Brewing Award Winners

The 2012 Canadian Brewing Awards took place last evening in Montreal at the Montreal Arts Centre after some pre celebrations at the 19th annual Mondial de la Biere.

Here is the complete list of winners! Congrats to all the Canadian breweries mentioned here.

North American Style Lager
Gold: Brewhouse Pilsener, Great Western Brewing Co. (SK)
Silver: Sleeman Original Draught, Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Bronze: Alpine Lager, Moosehead Breweries (NB)

North American Style Premium Lager
Gold: Vancouver Islander Lager, Vancouver Island Brewery (BC)
Silver: Muskoka Craft Lager, Muskoka Brewery (ON)
Bronze: Beach Blonde Lager, Tree Brewing Co. (BC)

European Style Lager (Pilsner)
Gold:  Steam Whistle Pilsner, Steam Whistle Brewing (ON)
Silver: Red Canoe Lager, Canoe Brewpub (BC)
Bronze: Steamworks Pilsner, Steamworks Brewing Co. (BC)

North American Style Amber Lager
Gold: Buzz Beer, Cool Beer Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Blue Buck Pale Ale, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Barking Squirrel Lager, Hop City Brewing Co. (ON)

North American Style Dark Lager
Gold: Hermann’s Dark Lager, Vancouver Island Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Okanagan Spring Brewmaster’s Black Lager, Sleeman Breweries
Bronze: King Dark Lager, King Brewery (ON)

Light (Calorie-Reduced) Lager  
Gold: Cracked Canoe Premium Light Lager, Moosehead Breweries (NB)
Silver: Moose Light, Moosehead Breweries (NB)
Bronze: Brewhouse Light, Great Western Brewing Co. (SK)

Bock – Traditional German Style
Gold: Deviator Doppelbock, Cameron’s Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Hermannator Ice Bock, Vancouver Island Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Amsterdam Spring Bock, Amsterdam Brewing Co. (ON)

Gold: Kellerbier, Creemore Springs Brewery (ON)
Silver: Bohemian Lager, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Festivale, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (ON)

Gold: Coffee Porter, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: 25th Anniversary Robust Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Coffee Stout, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)

Strong Porter (Baltic)
Gold: Lost River Baltic Porter, Bellwoods Brewery (ON)
Silver: Grand Baltic Porter, Garrison Brewing Co. (NS)
Bronze: Okanagan Spring Porter, Sleeman Breweries

Cream Ale
Gold: Original 16, Great Western Brewing Co. (SK)
Silver: Portage Ale Cream Ale, Mill Street Brewery (ON)
Bronze: Begbie Cream Ale, Mt. Begbie Brewery (BC)

Gold: Lug Tread, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Swans Arctic Ale, Swans Brewery (BC)
Bronze: Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale, Nelson Brewing Co. (BC)

North American Style Amber/Red Ale
Gold:  Red Racer ESB, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale, Tree Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Lighthouse Race Rocks Ale, Lighthouse Brewing Co. (BC)

North American Style Blonde/Golden Ale
Gold: Boreale Blonde, Les Brasseurs du Nord (QC)
Silver: Picaroons Blonde, Picaroons Traditional Ales (NB)
Bronze: Kichesippi Natural Blonde, Kichesippi Beer Co. (ON)

Brown Ale
Gold: Iron Horse Brown Ale, Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. (PEI)
Silver: Beaver Brown Ale, Canoe Brewpub (BC)
Bronze: Nelson After Dark, Nelson Brewing Co. (BC)

American Style Black Ale
Gold: Terrestrial India Brown Ale, Wellington County Brewery (ON)
Silver: Black IPA, Brasserie Dunham (QC)
Bronze: Houblon Libre, Microbrasserie du Lac Saint-Jean (QC)

Scotch Ale
Gold: Swans Scotch Ale, Swans Brewery (BC)
Silver: Iron Duke, Wellington County Brewery (ON)
Bronze: St. Ambroise Scotch Ale, McAuslan Brewing Inc (QC)

English Style Pale Ale (Bitter)
Gold: Pale Ale, Yaletown Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: St. Ambroise Pale Ale, McAuslan Brewing Inc (QC)
Bronze: River Rock Bitter, Canoe Brewpub (BC)

North American Style Pale Ale (Bitter)  
Gold: Steamworks Pale Ale, Steamworks Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Crazy Canuck Pale Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Naughty Neighbour, Nickel Brook, (ON)

Wheat Beer – Belgian Style White/Wit
Gold: Cheval Blanc, Les Brasseurs RJ (QC)
Silver: Dominus Vobiscum Blanche, Microbrasserie Charlevoix (QC)
Bronze: Mons Abbey Witte, Brasserie Belgh Brasse (QC)

Wheat Beer – German Style Hefeweizen
Silver: Beachcomber Summer Ale, Vancouver Island Brewing (BC)
Bronze: Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale, Tree Brewing Co. (BC)

Wheat Beer – North American Style
Gold: Sungod Wheat Ale, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Sir John A’s Honey Wheat, Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. (PEI)
Bronze: Dooryard Summer Ale,  Picaroons Traditional Ales (NB)

Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Gold: Don Juan, Broadway Microbrasserie and Pub (QC)
Silver: Tchucke, Broadway Microbrasserie and Pub (QC)
Bronze: Dominus Vobiscum Double, Microbrasserie Charlevoix (QC)

Belgian Style Strong Specialty Ale
Gold: Tripe a Trois, A la Fut (QC)
Silver: Buteuse, Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC)
Bronze: 17 Grande Reserve, Unibroue (QC)

Barley Wine Style Ale
Gold: Woolly Bugger Barleywine, Howe Sound Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Thor’s Hammer Barleywine, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Gaz de Course, Brouhaha (QC)

Gold: St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, McAuslan Brewing Inc. (QC)
Silver: Bete Noire, A La Fut (QC)
Bronze: Midnight Sun Espresso Stout, Yukon Brewing Co. (YT)

Imperial Stout
Gold: Stout Imperiale Russe, Brasserie Dunham (QC)
Silver: Fort Garry Kona Imperial Stout, Fort Garry Brewing Co. (MB)
Bronze: Hammer Imperial Stout, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)

English Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Powell IPA, Coal Harbour Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Tranquility IPA, Moon Under Water Pub and Brewery (BC)
Bronze: Devil’s Elbow IPA, Howe Sound Brewing Co. (BC)

American Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Karma Citra, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Rye Pale Ale, Cameron’s Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Swans Extra IPA, Swans Brewery (BC)

Imperial India Pale Ale
Gold: Central City Imperial IPA, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Diable au Corps, Les Brasseurs du Temps (QC)
Bronze: Amnesiac Double IPA, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)

French and Belgian Style Saison
Gold: Deliverance Saison, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Nit Wit, Garrison Brewing Co. (NS)
Bronze: Patio Saison, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (ON)

Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale
Gold: Royal York Stinger, Mill Street Brewery (ON)
Silver: Boreale Doree, Les Brasseurs du Nord (QC)
Bronze:  Cypress Honey Lager, Granville Island Brewing Co. (BC)

Fruit Beer
Gold: Mandarin Orange Amber Ale, Dead Frog Brewery (BC)
Silver: Pepper Lime Lager, Dead Frog Brewery (BC)
Bronze: Moose Light Lime, Moosehead Breweries (NB)

Fruit Wheat Beer
Gold: Amsterdam Framboise, Amsterdam Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Ephemere Pomme, Unibroue (QC)
Bronze: Crique, A La Fut (QC)

Pumpkin Beer
Gold: St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale, McAuslan Brewing Inc. (QC)
Silver: Highballer Pumpkin Ale, Grand River Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Pumpkineater, Howe Sound Brewing Co. (BC)

Wood and Barrel Aged Beer
Gold: 25th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Robust Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON
Silver: Amsterdam Leipziger Gose, Amsterdam Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Red Truck Ruby, Red Truck Beer Co. (BC)

Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer
Gold: Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Nectar of the Gods, Russell Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Singularity Russian Imperial Stout, Driftwood Brewery (BC)

Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Beer
Gold: Co-Hop V,  A La Fut (QC)
Silver: Bird of Prey-Flanders Red, Driftwood Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Vent d’Anges,  Broadway Microbrasserie and Pub (QC)

Experimental Beer
Gold: Dark Snout Bacon Stout, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Honey Lavender, Garrison Brewing Co. (NS)
Bronze: Harry Porter and the Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Beans, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)

Beer of the Year – Co-Hop V, A La Fut (QC)
Brewery of the Year – Central City Brewing Co.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Press Release from the Ontario Craft Brewers

June 17-23, 2012


Twitter: @OntCraftBrewers
Youtube Channel: Ontcraftbeerweek:

(TORONTO) – June 2012 – Countdown is on for Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012, launching Father’s Day and running from June 17 – 23, 2012. The third annual, province-wide festival of Ontario’s independent craft brewers celebrates the local beer scene and exposes new consumers to the fun, flavour and fresh quality of Ontario craft brewing.

Hosted by 29 OCB member breweries, to date there are events and tasting opportunities in 29 communities and over 70 event venues in communities across the province from Windsor to Vankleek Hill. From the intimate to the expansive, new events are being added daily so keep checking listings at Use the ‘search tool’ to find events by keyword, brewery or licensee.

“Ontario Craft Beer Week keeps getting better, expanding into new venues and communities, offering unique opportunities for all tastes,” says Anetta Jewell of Great Lakes Brewery and co-chair of Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012. “There are many different kinds of events, ranging from big outdoor craft beer festivals to intimate beer tastings to menu pairings and everything in between.”

“Ontario beer lovers are seeking fresh, premium quality products brewed in their own backyard,” says Mill Street brewmaster Joel Manning.  “Ontario Craft Beer Week is the perfect opportunity to experience craft beer culture at events, tastings and pairings held in venues throughout the province.”

Highlights: Search events by date, region, theme, brewery or licensee name

·         Barley Days Brewery – buy a case of 24 from the brewery in Picton and get a free Barley Days glass for Dad.
·         Beau’s All Natural Brewery multi-course beer dinners at Trattoria Gusto in Port Hope and Vert Fourchette in Vankleek Hill.
·         Beach, Brews & BBQ at Woodbine Park in Toronto with Beau’s, Black Oak, Nickel Brook, Flying Monkeys, Great Lakes, Lake of Bays & Mill Street.
·         Cameron’s Brewing Co. hosts its 15th anniversary during the annual Father’s Day BBQ at the brewery in Oakville with beer, food & free tours.
·         Granite Brewery in Toronto will give Dad a pint in a special free Granite Father’s Day glass.
·         Bring Dad down to Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke between 2-4 p.m. for beer and BBQ treats.
·         Brewmaster’s Dinner with Joel Manning of Mill Street Brewery at the Fairmont Royal York’s Epic Restaurant in Toronto or tour the brewpub in the distillery district and get a free opener for Dad.
·         Muskoka Cottage Brewery Steamship Cruise: A four hour tour of Muskoka lakes with good craft beer, delicious food and entertainment.
·         Complimentary beer at Niagara College Teaching Brewery.
·         Neustadt Springs Brewery Open House on Father’s Day in Neustadt, ON.
·         Railway City Brewing’s “Beer Tasting & Historical Walking Tour” in St. Thomas, ON.
·         Trafalgar Brewery’s 10th annual Father’s Day Open House & Pig Roast.
·         Wellington Brewery Father’s Day Bus Tour (12-4 p.m.) between Wellington, F&M and local craft beer legend, the Woolwich Arrow. Tours and samplings at the brewery in Guelph (including Welly One-Off limited edition cask beer). $5 per person.
Taste numerous unique one-off brews, collaboration beers and cask creations between brewers at many venues and exclusive beer dinners. Black Oak’s infamous “10 Bitter Years” will be re-released at the brewery. Beau’s will distribute its Pan-Ontario brew throughout the province, featuring a mix of beers aged in oak barrels from Beau’s, Flying Monkeys, Great Lakes, Grand River, WellingtonAmsterdam and Great Lakes have collaborated on some specialty brews that will be available at select pubs. Amsterdam also collaborated with Flat Rock Cellars winemaker to create the “first ever collaboration between a brewery and winery in Ontario.” Tickets available at:
Mill Street Brewery will host numerous beer tastings from a brewmaster’s dinner at the Royal York Hotel to Master of Beer Appreciation to province-wide beer and artisan cheese pairings. The “Mill Street Paddles paired with Artisanal Cheese” program will be available in over 25 pubs and restaurants across the province, providing new craft beer and food pairing experience to people who mingh

“We’re bringing craft beer to all corners of Ontario, enticing new consumers to try a variety of beer in flights matched with local cheese,” says brewmaster Manning. “This will open up a new tasting experience for many people who might not otherwise think about trying craft beer and food.”

June 14, 15, 16 - Toronto Wine & Spirits Festival, Sugar Beach (Ticketed Event)
June 15, 16 – Barrie Beer Festival, Barrie Curling Club (Ticketed Event)
June 15 – 17 – Beach, BBQ & Brews Festival, Woodbine Park, Toronto (Free Ribfest)
June 23 – Session 99, A Craft Beer Festival, 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto – (Ticketed Event)

Who better to lead a craft beer tasting and food pairing than an Ontario brewmaster? There are many opportunities to meet, mingle and taste right along with brewers, staff and beer reps.

Live music, open mic, trivia, circus sideshow, sustainable seafood. You name it; it pairs well with craft beer.

Beer schools, cooking with beer, touring breweries; there’s no better time to learn everything you ever wanted to know about craft beer but were afraid to ask.

DELTA HOTELS & RESORTS DISCOUNTS: Toronto, Ottawa, London & Guelph
For those who need a place to rest their beery heads, Delta Hotels & Resorts are offering discounts on room rates at Delta Chelsea Toronto, Delta Ottawa City Centre, Delta London Armouries & Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre. Book online at

Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012 committee thanks our generous sponsors for their financial support: FCA Insurance Brokers -
Gilbertson & Page -
Fogler Rubinoff LLP -
Zenan Custom Cresting -

Ontario Craft Brewers encourage new consumers to take the plunge and try craft beer for the first time. This year’s OCB Week youtube video features members of the craft brewing community talking about their “First Time” trying craft beer. People are encouraged to post their experiences on youtube, facebook, & twitter.

Twitter: @OntCraftBrewers
Youtube Channel - Ontcraftbeerweek:

Restaurants or pubs with event ideas or requests should contact their local brewery or send an email to .

Hosting your own home beer tasting? Grab an OCB Discovery Pack from your local LCBO (Spring - LCBO #282483 or Summer, coming mid to end of June- #291641). Or, search for it using the OCB Beer locator app .

Check out our website for more beer tasting tools and tips.
Ontario Craft Brewers: Discover the Difference.
The Ontario Craft Brewers is an association of 29 small brewers dedicated to making great tasting, high quality beer in Ontario. The 29 members of the Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario – from the Ottawa Valley to Waterloo and Niagara to Muskoka. Handcrafting over 150 premium beers, Ontario Craft Brewers employ about 700 people in Ontario, accounting for over 20 per cent of the overall brewing employment in the province.  Ontario’s Craft Brewers’ share has more than doubled since 2002, going from slightly less than two per cent to approximately five per cent of the beer volume sold in Ontario and continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. The OCB’s long term vision is to make Ontario a North American Centre of Excellence for Craft Brewing. Please discover responsibly.

OCB Beer Locator App
Find Ontario Craft Beers located near you on iPhone and BLACKBERRY. The app lets you browse a list of OCB Beers sold in the LCBO or The Beer Store or at local licensees, alphabetically or by Brewery.

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