B.C. breweries shine at 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards

52 B.C. brews awarded medals, while Four Winds Brewing Company's Nectarous dry-hopped sour wins Beer of the Year.

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      This year's Canadian Brewing Awards saw B.C. breweries take home 52 of the 163 medals awarded at last night's event, including one of the two top prizes. 

      Delta's Four Winds Brewing took home the coveted Beer of the Year Award with their Nectarous dry-hopped sour ale, while the Brewery of the Year award went to Collingwood, Ontario's Side Launch Brewing Company. (Four Winds was named Brewery of the Year in 2015.)

      More than 40 judges weighed in on the final decisions at the awards, which were held in conjuction with the 14th annual Canadian Brewing Conference. It was the first time in the history of the event that the conference was held in the Greater Vancouver area.

      It happened to coincide with the kick-off of Vancouver Craft Beer Week, which will be hosting an event this evening (Sunday, May 29) to showcase some of last night's award-winning brews.

      Here's our list of B.C. beers that earned prizes at the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards. To see the full winner's list, check out the Canadian Brewing Awards website.

      European Style Lager:
      Silver: Hearthstone Brewery, Bohemian Pilsner (North Vancouver)
      Bronze: Steamworks Brewing Co., Pilsner (Vancouver/Burnaby)

      European style Amber to Dark Lager:
      Gold: Gladstone Brewing Co., Gladstone Czech Dark Lager (Courtenay)
      Silver: Persephone Brewing Company, Black Lager (Gibsons)
      Bronze: Moon Under Water Brewery, Creepy Uncle Dunkel (Victoria)

      Bock - Traditional German Style:
      Silver: Granville Island Brewing, Burly Goat Dopplebock (Vancouver)

      Gold: Brassneck Brewery, No Brainer (Vancover)
      Bronze: Moon Under Water Brewery, Potts Pils (Victoria)

      Belgian Style Tripel:
      Silver: Townsite Brewing, Charleston (Powell River)

      Belgian Style Abbey Ale/Pale Ale:
      Gold: Dageraad Brewing, Burnabarian (Burnaby)
      Bronze: Gladstone Brewing Co., Gladstone Belgian Single (Courtenay)

      French and Belgian Style Saison:
      Bronze: Coal Harbour Brewing Co. Woodland Saison (Vancouver)

      Belgian Style Brett Beer:
      Gold: Four Winds Brewing Company, Operis Brett Saison (Delta)

      Brown Ale:
      Gold: Shushwap Lake Brewing, Bushwacker Brown Ale (Salmon Arm)
      Bronze: Hoyne Brewing Co., Dark Matter (Victoria)

      Scotch Ale:
      Bronze: Mt. Begbie Brewing Company, Brave Liver Scotch Ale (Revelstoke)

      English Style Pale Ale:
      Gold: Off The Rail Brewing Co., Off The Rail Brewing Classic Pale Ale (Vancouver)
      Bronze: Red Arrow Brewing Company, Piggy Pale Ale (Duncan)

      English Bitters - Best Bitter or ESB:
      Gold: Howe Sound Brewing, Baldwin & Cooper Best Bitter (Squamish)
      Silver: Powell Street Craft Brewery, Old Jalopy Pale Ale (Vancouver) 
      Bronze: Off The Rail Brewing Co., Off The Rail Brewing Belt Up ESB (Vancouver)

      Oatmeal Stout:
      Gold: Townsite Brewing, Perfect Storm (Powell River)
      Silver: Strange Fellows Brewing Company, Blackmail Stout (Vancouver)

      Dry Stout:
      Gold: Postmark Brewing, Postmark Stout (Vancouver)

      Imperial Stout:
      Bronze: Bomber Brewing, Russian Imperial Stout (Vancouver)

      North American Style Premium Lager:
      Gold: Parallel 49 Brewing Co., Craft Lager (Vancouver)
      Silver: Main Street Brewing, Main Street Pilsner (Vancouver)

      North American Style Amber Lager:
      Bronze: Red Arrow Brewing Company, Midnite Umber Ale (Duncan)

      North American Style Amber/Red Ale:
      Bronze: Brassneck Brewery, Brassneck Ale (Vancouver)

      American-Style Black Ale:
      Bronze: Steamworks Brewing Co., Black Angel IPA (Vancouver/Burnaby)

      Session India Pale Ale:
      Silver: Four Winds Brewing Company, Featherweight IPA (Delta)

      American Belgo-Style Ale:
      Silver: Yellow Dog Brewing Company, Go Fetch West Coast Hoppy Saison (Port Moody)
      Bronze: Whistler Brewing Company, Snow… White IPA (Whistler)

      American-style Brett Beer:
      Bronze: Four Winds Brewing Company, Juxtapose Wild IPA (Delta)

      American-style Sour Ale:
      Gold: Four Winds Brewing Company, Nectarous Dry-Hopped sour (Delta)

      Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale:
      Silver: Fernie Brewing Co., Sap Sucker Maple Porter (Fernie)

      Fruit Beer:
      Gold: Old Abbey Ales, Sour Raspberry (Abbotsford)
      Bronze: Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, The Last Strawberry (Richmond)

      Herb and Spice Beer:
      Gold: Off The Rail Brewing Co., Raj Mahal India Ale (Vancouver)
      Silver: Powell Street Craft Brewery, Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom (Vancouver)

      Smoked Beer:
      Gold: Coal Harbour Brewing Co., Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale (Vancouver) 
      Bronze: Wheelhouse Brewing Co., Smokehouse Porter (Prince Rupert)

      Barley Wine-Style Ale – English-Style:
      Silver: Howe Sound Brewing, Woolly Bugger Barley Wine (Squamish)

      Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer – Dark Beer:
      Silver: Townsite Brewing, Barrel Aged Perfect Storm (Powell River)
      Bronze: Powell Street Craft Brewery, Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter (Vancouver)

      Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer:
      Bronze: Central City Brewers and Distillers, Central City Sour #1 (Surrey)

      Flavoured Stout/Porter:
      Bronze: Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, Chocolate Coconut Porter (North Vancouver)

      Cider with Other Fruit:
      Silver: Meridale Cider, Merri Berri (Cobble Hill)

      Cider with Herbs/Spices:
      Bronze: Central City Brewers & Distillers, Hopping Mad Cider (Surrey)

      Specialty Cider:
      Gold: The BX Press Cider, The Dufferin (Vernon)
      Bronze: Merridale Cider, Scrumpy (Cobble Hill)

      Beer of the Year:
      Four Winds Brewing Co., Nectarous Dry-hopped Sour Ale (Delta)