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Monday, April 12, 2010

7 Medals Won By Canadian Breweries at World Beer Cup

As many of your dear readers know by now that I was away in Chicago last week for the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) (organized by the Brewers Association) to meet with a number of people in the industry and to learn about some trends that are occurring in the craft beer sector. 

Part of the CBC is the Saturday night World Beer Cup (WBC) reception and the awards presentation dinner.  Now I didn't purchase tickets for the dinner, and the group of other Ontarians I was with decided to pass on the dinner too, so we headed to the reception only to indulge in all the beers that were leftover from judging (and there were many).

Once the dinner started and the doors were shut our group headed out for dinner at Chicago's newest brewpub, Revolution Brewing Co., and watched the twitter feeds come in announcing many of the winners.  We were actually only looking for updates concerning our Canadian breweries and when the first one came in we all let out a big cheer.  We ended up taking away 7 WBC medals, including 2 silvers and 5 bronzes - see list below in numerical order.

This was the largest commercial beer judging competition in history.  There were 642 breweries from 44 countries and 6 continents that submitted 3,330 beers!!  There were even a number of judges from Ontario who were in Chicago earlier in the week who helped judge this enormous competition.

Category 5: Fruit Beer or Field Beer
Bronze – Ephémère Apple, Unibroue, Chambly QC

Category 48: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
Bronze – Fin du Monde, Unibroue, Chambly QC

Category 49: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
Silver – La Grivoise de Noel, Micro-Brasserie le Trou du Diable, Shawinigan QC

Category 53: English-Style India Pale Ale
Bronze – Russell IP’eh!, Russell Brewing, Surrey BC

Category 57: Scottish-Style Ale
Bronze – Russell Wee Angry Scotch Ale, Russell Brewing, Surrey BC

Category 58: English-Style Mild Ale
Bronze – Whistler Black Tusk Ale, Whistler Brewing, Vancouver BC

Category 68: Barley Wine-Style Ale
Silver – Thor’s Hammer, Central City Brewing, Surrey BC

So, congratulations to our Canadian breweries that represented our great country!

Check out the WBC website to see the full list of winners


3 Dog Brewery said...

What happened to our Ontario breweries? I wonder what the judges didn't like.

Troy Burtch said...

Don't know. It would have been nice to see someone from Ontario take away a medal. We still have the Canadian Brewing Awards coming up.

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