BC Beer Awards 2014 / Beer Festival – October 25th 2014

It’s that time of year again!  It is time to celebrate the best of the best breweries and beer in British Columbia.  On October 25th, 2014 the BC Beer Awards were held at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

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Like every year the beer awards are held with a caskbeer festival that runs at the same time.  The event started at 4pm and went until 9pm.  The beer festival starts right when the doors open and features some amazing beers from both the local Metro Vancouver and Victoria breweries as well as many breweries from around the Province.  The breweries that poured beer at the event are as follows: Bomber Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Bridge Brewing Co, Cannery Brewing Company, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Coal Harbour Brewing Company, Dead Frog Brewery, Driftwood Brewery, Vancouver Island Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Granville Island Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing Co., Hoyne Brewing Co., Lighthouse Brewing Co, Longwood Brewing, Main Street Brewing Company, Mission Springs Brewing Company, Moody Ales, Moon Under Water, Parallel 49 Brewing, Persephone Brewing Company, Phillips Brewing Company, Powell street craft brewery, Prohibition Brewing Company, R&B Brewing, Red Truck Beer Co, Russell Brewing, Scandal Brewing, Shaftbury Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co., Steel & Oak Brewing Co., Three Ranges Brewing Company, Tofino Brewing, Townsite Brewing, Tree Brewing Company, Turning Point Brewery, Whistler Brewing Company, Yaletown Brewing co, Yellow Dog Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Brewhouse Whistler, Big Ridge, Vancouver Island Brewing.

I am not sure what time the awards began but at a point they announced that everyone should approach the stage.  Like last year Stephen Quinn of CBC Radio was the presenter for the awards.  Last year around 300 beer were entered into 18 categories.  This year there was around 500 entries in the same 18 categories which really shows the growth of craft beer in BC.  This year there was a lot more diversity to the winning breweries at the awards.  Here are the winning beers in the categories as presented.
Light Lager – 22 Beers entered

1    Turning Point Brewing Company – Stanley Park Noble Pilsner
2    OK Springs – Okanagan Spring 1516
3    Hoyne Brewing Company – Helios-Dortmunder Golden Lager

Pilsner – 22 Beers

1    Steamworks Pilsner – Steamworks Brewing Company
2    Barley Station Brew Pub – Canoe Creek Pilsner
3    Russell Brewing Company – Lager

Special Lager – 17 Beers

1    Tree Brewing Company – Captivator Doppelbock
2    Pacific Western Brewing – Pacific Schwarzbock
3    Persephone Brewing Company – Black Lager

Hybrids – 37 Beers

1    Steamworks Brewing Company – Steamworks Brewpub Kolsch
2    Phillips Brewing Company – Slipstream Ale
3    R&B Brewing Company – Sun God Wheat Ale

German Wheat/Rye – 10 Beers

1    Moon Under Water Brewery – This Is Hefeweizen
2    Moon Under Water Brewery – Moon Berliner Style – Weisse
3    Big Ridge Brewing Company – Big Ridge Dunkleweizen

UK Ales – 40 Beers

1    Tin Whistle Brewing Company – Stag Apple Scotch Ale
2    Bowen Island Brewing – Snug Cove ESB
3    Moon Under Water Brewery – Wee Woody

North American Ales – 48 Beers

1    Main Sreet Brewing Company – Main Street Sessional IPA
2    Phillips Brewing Company – Coulrophobia IRA
3    Rossland Beer Company – Paydirt Pale Ale

Porter/Brown – 30 Beers

1    Yellow Dog Brewing Company – Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter
2    Powell Street Brewing Company – Dive Bomb Porter
3    Lighthouse Brewing Company – Road Trip Fresh Hopped Dark Ale

Belgian/French – 45 Beers

1    Driftwood Brewing Company – White Bark Witbier
2    Dageraad Brewing – De Witte
3    Four Winds Brewing Company – Juxtapose Brett IPA

Vegetable/Spice Beer – 27 Beers

1    Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Lost Souls
2    Howe Sound Brewing – Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale
3    Fuggles & Warlock Craftwerks – Bean Me Up Espresso Milk Stout

Stout – 24 Beers

1    Persephone Brewing Company – Dry Irish Stout
2    Dead Frog Brewing Company – Commander Imperial Stout (2013)
3    Dead Frog Brewing Company – Commander Imperial Stout (2014)

North American IPA – 44 Beers

1    High Mountian Brewing Company – 5 Rings IPA
2    Four Winds Brewing Company – Four Winds IPA
3    Central City Brewers and Distillers – Red Racer IPA

Imperial IPA – 14 Beers

1    Brassneck Brewery – One Trick Pony
2    Central City Brewers and Distillers – Red Racer Imperial IPA
3    Bomber Brewing Company – SuperPest

Fruit/Sour – 24 Beers

1    Driftwood Brewing Company – Bird Of Prey- Flanders Red
2    Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Schwarzwald
3    Brassneck Brewery – Peach Changeling

Strong – 16 Beers

1    Steamworks Brewery – Steamworks Blitzen
2    Townsite Brewing Company – Biere D’Hiver
3    Howe Sound Brewing – Wooly Bugger Barley Wine

Specialty – 29 Beers

1    Granville Island Brewing – Lost In The Barrels
2    Moon Under Water Brewery – Year 2
3    Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Salty Scot

Smoke/Wood – 16 Beers

1    Central City Brewers and Distillers – Thor’s Hammer Barrel Aged
2    Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Braggot
3    Brassneck Brewery – Inerita II

Dan Small Homebrew Award

1    Matt Anderson – Anderson Estate IPA – Fresh Hopped
2    Grayson Barke – Harvest Rye IPA
3    Brad Johnson – Squashmonster

Best of Show

Yellow Dog Brewing Company – Shake A Paw Smoked Brown Porter

Once all of the awards were announced the cask festival ramped back up.  It was now time to see if you could sample some of the winning beers.  Once again it was a very successful event with amazing people and amazing beer!  I look forward to what might come next year as even more breweries are opening up and the industry is only getting better at making beer!  I would like to congratulate all the winners this year!  Every single one of you deserved the award for making a great tasty and enjoyable product!  Here is to another year of sticking it to the flavourless garbage that macro breweries make.

This year I helped with the setup of the beer awards between 11-4pm.  It was great to be able to help in a small way to make this event go off so well.  I thought I would share some of the photos from the setup.

Full sized photos can be found here

Baltic Porter – Cannery Brewing


From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes the “Baltic Porter”.  This Baltic Porter pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge and a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweetness and some dark fruits.  The flavour is of roasted malts, bitter coffee, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 40.  I have not had very many Baltic Porters over my time with craft beer but this one is well crafted and very flavorful.

Commercial Description:  This classic Baltic Porter is brewed with traditional German malts and noble hops. Its sweet roasted flavour combined with a spark of dark fruit embraces the warmth of the alcohol. Its dark lager characteristics allow a rich, velvet smoothness to blast through to the finish.


Apricot Wheat Ale – Cannery Brewing


From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes the “Apricot Wheat Ale”.  This Summer seasonal brew pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head.  The aroma is of apricots up front with wheat, yeast and honey.  The flavour consists of yeast, wheat, apricots and a touch of honey.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This is a very refreshing summer seasonal with just the right balance of fruit to wheat.  This is something that will taste amazing during a summer heatwave!

Commercial Description:  This deliciously crisp beer is perfect for a hot summer day.  The delicate taste of apricots gives a splash of sweetness to the crisp, clean wheat ale and results in a refreshingly pure flavour sensation.


Cannery Brewing Company (Old Location) – Penticton BC

Hanging out in the Okanagan for the Canada Day long weekend I thought it would be a great idea to hit up Penticton as there are a few great breweries there and I had also never been there.  I contacted Cannery Brewing to find out that they were closed on Canada Day Monday much to my dismay.  After a few messages back and forth though I was told that Ian would be at the brewery and I could stop by.  When I arrived I was greeted by Ian at the front door and we headed to the retail space for a few tastings.  With a few samples down we headed into the brewery to take the tour.  We started in the grain loft as it was already brutally hot up there (it was mid to high 30C!!!)  and were shown the different malts used.  We then moved down to the brewing level where I was shown all the new fermentors as well as the original brewing system that the brewery was founded on.  We then moved into the cooler were their older tanks are held as well as their kegs (they were a little low on kegs as everyone wanted lots of their beer for the long weekend).  After the great tour we headed back into the retail space for a bunch more samples.   By the end of the time at the brewery I had sampled most of the beers they currently have including Paddles Up Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Anarchist Amber Ale, Naramata Nut Brown, Blackberry Porter, Lakeboat Lager and the Apricot Wheat Ale (I could be wrong as I drove from Penticton to Vancouver after this with no notes).  I was also fortunate to meet Ron and Patt the owners of the brewery and parents to Ian.  This is a great family run operation with some great beer being produced!

Before  I left I had to pick up a shirt and some beer for future reviews.  It only seemed like the sane thing to do.  So the next time you end up in Penticton make sure to stop by the brewery to pick up some beer in either cans, bottles or a 8.5L party pig mini keg!  If you don’t have a reason to pass through Penticton it is high time you make a reason. Cannery Brewing Company 112-1475 Fairview Road Penticton, BC V2A 7W5 250-493-2723 info@cannerybrewing.com http://www.cannerybrewing.com