BC Beer Awards 2015

It’s my favourite time of year again, when all the brewers from around BC get together to celebrate the industry and walk away with some shiny new swag. This year, the theme was sour beer, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to taste test what each brewer had on the go.

The awards, held at the Croatian Cultural Centre was once again a packed house. It’s easy to forget how much the craft beer industry grows year after year until you see all the brewers together in one room. This year, the focus was on who could make the best sour, with many breweries offering up special one-off cask sours for those in attendance.

But, you’re really here to find out who the best of the best was, so without further ado, the complete list of winners. Strap in, this is a long list:

North American Light Beer:

1st: Tofino Brewing Company- Tofino Blonde Ale

2nd: High Mountain Brewing- Lifty Lager

3rd: Granville Island Brewing- Island Lager

Light European Bier:

1st: Parallel 49 Brewing- Craft Lager

2nd: Central City Brewing- Mayor Kolsch

3rd: Russell Brewing- Eastern Promises

UK Pale Ale:

1st: Big Ridge Brewing- Big Ridge Clover Ale

2nd: Forbidden Brewing Co.- Forbidden Pale Ale

3rd: Bomber Brewing- Bomber ESB

Amber/Dark Lagers:

1st: Steel & Oak- Dark Lager

2nd: Persephone Brewing- Oktoberfest

3rd: Tree Brewing- Captivator Dopplebock

UK Red/Brown Ale:

1st: Whistler Brewing Co.- Whistler Brewing Black Tusk

2nd: Lighthouse Brewing- Race Rocks

3rd: Parallel 49 Brewing- Old Boy

North American Pale Ale:

1st: Howe Sound Brewing- Sky Pilot Northwest Pale

2nd: Persephone Brewing- Pale Ale

3rd: Russell Brewing-  Hop Therapy ISA

North American Amber/Brown Ale:

1st: Big Rock Urban Brewery- Hollow Tree

2nd: Russell Brewing- Cream Ale

3rd: Brassneck Brewery- Brassneck Ale

German/Belgian Wheat:

1st: Barkerville Brewing- White Gold

2nd: Big Rock Urban Brewery- Dunkelweizen

3rd: Granville Island Brewing- Hey day Hefeweizen

Fruit Beer:

1st: Stanley Park Brewing- SunSetter

2nd: Tree Brewing- Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen

3rd: Strange Fellows- Framboise Noir

Spice/Herb/Veg Beer:

1st: Tofino Brewing- Spruce tree Ale

2nd: Stanley Park Brewing- Icebreaker

3rd: Tofino Brewing- Kelp Stout

Specialty:

1st: Brassneck Brewery- No Brainer Pre Prohibition Lager

2nd: Bridge Brewing- Wee Tipsy Peated Scotch Ale

3rd: Steamworks Brewing- Steamworks Gose

Stout/Porter:

1st: Doan’s Craft Brewing- American Rye Stout

2nd: Barkerville Brewing- 52 Foot Stout

3rd: Mission Springs Brewing- Fat Guy Oatmeal Stout

Wood/Barrel Aged:

1st: Bridge Brewing- Imperial White IPA

2nd: Four Winds Brewing- Pequeno Cabo Tequila Barrel Aged Berliner Weisse

3rd: Parallel 49- Barrel Aged Vow of Silence

North American IPA:

1st: Central City- Red Racer IPA

2nd: Red Truck- Red Truck IPA

3rd: Hearthstone Brewing- Hearthstone IPA

Specialty IPA:

1st: Bridge Brewing- Back Rye IPA

2nd: Moon Under Water- Hip As Funk

3rd: Bomber Brewing- Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA

Belgian/French Farmhouse:

1st: Persephone Brewing- Multigrain Saison

2nd: Dageraad Brewing- Randonneur Saison

3rd: Raven Brewing- Farmers Ale

Strong Ale:

1st: Swans Brewpub- Legacy Ale

2nd: R&B Brewing- Auld Nick Winter Ale

3rd: Swans Brewpub- Swans Scotch Ale

Belgian Abbey Ale:

1st: Dageraad Brewing- Dageraad Blonde

2nd: Tree Brewing- Trappist Artist Belgian

3rd: Old Abbey Ales- Belgian Quad

Imperial IPA:

1st: Brassnecy Brewery- One Trick Pony

2nd: Parallel 49- 187 On An Undercover Hop

3rd: Parallel 49- Hopnitist

Sours/Wild Ale:

1st: Four Winds Brewing- Juxtapose Wild IPA

2nd: Strange Fellows Brewing- Roxanne

3rd: Dageraad Brewing- De Witte

Best in Show:

Brassneck Brewery- One Trick Pony

People’s Choice:

Four Winds Brewing- Nectarous Bourbon Sour

Brewer’s Sour Challenge:

Main Street Brewing- Cantus Fermus Sour

Nice to see my personal favourite, Dageraad walk away with three award, including 1st place for their excellent Dageraad Blonde. But the really interesting thing here is how evenly spread out the awards are. No one brewery dominated this year’s event; Parallel 49 walked away with the most (five awards), but with many breweries earning three or four awards each, that really isn’t much of a defining gap.

I think the spread of awards among all the breweries shows the caliber of beer being produced in BC right now. Pretty much anywhere you go, you’re going to find an award winning beer or two, and that’s exciting news for the industry.

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