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BC Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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Kent Donaldson virtually thanks the audience as his Whitetooth Brewing takes home five awards at the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards.

BC Breweries Win Big at Canadian Brewing Awards

Last weekend saw the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards take place in Toronto, ON. They were originally supposed to take place just down the road from me here in Victoria, but, well… you all know what happened, unless you live under a rock.

For this 18th annual contest, they received 1504 beers from 236 breweries, which were evaluated by a panel of BJCP judges in a socially distanced and sanitized outdoor space.

This year, 32 BC breweries won awards for 43 different beers across the 55 judging categories. That breaks down to 11 gold, 14 silver, and 18 bronze awards.

Of particular note is Whitetooth Brewing from Golden, who won three gold awards for their Directissima Dubbel (Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadrupel), Sickbird Northwest Pale Ale (North American Style Pale Ale), and Icefields Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale (American Belgo-Style Ale). They also took home one silver and one bronze.

Vancouver’s Strange Fellows Brewing also took home two gold medals for Hedgerow (American Style Brett Beer) and Jongleur (Wheat Beer – Belgian Style).

Other gold awards winners were Another Beer Co., Electric Bicycle Brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Russell Brewing Co., and Tapworks Brewing Co.

Check out the full list of winners here.

Details Revealed for English Bay CRAFT Beer Market

Later this year, CRAFT Beer Market is planning to open a second Vancouver location in the English Bay area. Apparently the new space will span 11,000 square feet across two floors, including a patio. The new location will also feature server-less sections, where patrons will be able to seat themselves at open tables and order via an app. I find the latter a bit odd, to be honest. There’s a lot of out of work hospitality staff right now and I feel like cutting down on staff is not something that a huge chain should be doing right now.

Interestingly, they will also have a bottle shop on site where they will feature a curated selection of beers ranging in cost from $20 to $60. I’m extremely interested to see how this works out for them, because I know a lot of craft beer fans who won’t pay more than $10 for a bottle of beer right now and I see these high priced beers gathering dust on shelves at liquor stores all of the time.

BrewDog Creates World’s Strongest Beer… Again

Do you remember the innocent days when we all thought that Samuel Adams Utopias was the strongest beer we would ever get at 28% ABV? That was back before BrewDog began brewing 55% beers and stuffing them in dead squirrels. Ah, to be young again!

For years they have been competing with Germany’s Schorschbräu to create the world’s strongest beer, but now the two have come together to collaborate on a 57.8% eisbock called Strength in Numbers. They are selling 40 ml bottles of the beer for about $50. I wonder if I could get someone from the UK to send me one.

Interestingly, Scotland’s Brewmeister claims to make a beer than rings in at 67.5%. I’m not sure if it’s technically brewed like beer though.

  – Ed Kaye, Editor
hopline@whatsbrewing.ca

 

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT


BREWING UP NEW MEMORIES IN THE EAST KOOTENAYS

By Kim Lawton
As soon as Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the restart of travel, my husband and I started planning an adventure in BC’s beautiful backyard, the East Kootenays. On this trip, we had the opportunity to visit three local breweries: Rumpus Beer Company and Mt. Begbie Brewing Co., Brewing in Revelstoke, and recent #CBAC2020 triple gold medal winner Whitetooth Brewing Company in Golden. View story →

 

FROM THE MAGAZINE


BC BEER TOURING IN A TIME OF CHANGE

By Brian K. Smith
I had always believed that BC would one day be the beer mecca of North America. We seemed so close, then COVID-19 struck. So I ventured out to talk to brewers, managers, and owners about their experience during this pandemic. Would it destroy us or make us stronger? My quest was to find out and, of course, drink some fresh craft beer along the way! View story →

 

UPCOMING EXBEERIENCES


Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks

 

The end of summer is always a bit of a quiet time for craft beer events. Add COVID-19 and apocalyptic smoke to that equation, and you can see why breweries might be keeping it low key right now. Hopefully we’ll see more virtual events pop up as the weather turns cold and people start to stay inside more.

From 11:30 on Saturday, Trading Post will be tapping a special cask. This week will be altbier dry-hopped with Cascade and hickory wood chips.

Starting next Thursday and running though October 12, BREWHALL will be celebrating Octoberfest with daily food and drink specials, including  Paulaner Hefe-Weisse and Paulaner Oktoberfest imported from Germany, plus they will be serving their take on a traditional German ale with their award-winning Köl Story Bro Kölsch

 

View our Full Calendar ≫

LATEST BC BREW REVIEWS


From Beer Me BC
 

Whitetooth Brewing – La Tenace Belgian Single

By Beer Seekers

From Golden BC, from a golden brewery, comes a golden ale. Every year, the Canadian Brewing Awards & Conference presents Canada’s most-coveted awards to fortunate breweries from coast to coast,  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Small Block Brewing- Nail Head Canadian Pale Ale

By Ted Child

Located in Duncan BC, Small Block Brewing loves hot rod culture. This love can be seen not only in the brewery name but in all the branding, including the beer  Continue Reading…

Full review →

 

FROM THE NEWSROOM: BEER IN THE MEDIA


Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar

 

Golden’s Whitetooth Brewing Wins Big at the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards

Winning three golds, one silver and one bronze medal, Whitetooth Brewing from Golden, BC, was the big winner at the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards, which were announced in an online ceremony on Saturday, September 12. Full Story →

 

Albeerta kicks butt at 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards

For the last seven years, the Canadian Brewing Awards has been dominated by the big three players: Ontario, Quebec and BC. This year however, tells a very different story. While Ontario and BC still pulled in some impressive hardware, it was Alberta that dominated the show; no other province came close to rivalling Alberta in gold medal wins, an impressive 17 overall. To top that off, BC broke its ten-year streak of winning either Brewery of the Year or Beer of the Year to Alberta-based Common Crown Brewing Co. Full Story →

 

Calgary brewery crowned Canada’s best of 2020

Common Crown Brewing Co. won Brewer of the Year, after taking home three golds at Canadian Brewing Awards. Full Story →

 

BEER ME BC: NEW RELEASES


From Beer Me BC

Andina Brewing Releases ARBUSTO – Fieldberry Sour

Arbusto is the word for bush or shrub in Spanish. This delicious fall treat combines the best of summer with the best of Canadian fall. Using a new experimental yeast that was isolated from an oak tree that produces peach and apple notes.

Full Story → 

Strange Fellows Brewing Releases Ludwig: A German-Style Festbier

Festbier is a relatively modern German style which is now the main beer brewed for the Bavarian Oktoberfest celebrations in place of the darker and heavier Marzen style.

Full Story → 

 

WHAT'S BEEN BREWING: NEW RELEASES


By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Field House Brewing Releases “Citra Tettang Galaxy XPA”

 Red Collar Brewing Releases 2020 “Inflorescence” Agave Saison

 Dageraad Brewing Releases “Birth of the Cool” Dry-Hopped Mixed-Culture Saison

 Hypha Project Releases “The New Normal” IPA

 Taylight Brewing Releases “Guava & Lychee” Low Cal Fruit Beer

 Brassneck Brewery Releases “Highfalutin” Barrel-Aged Saison

 Off the Rail Brewing Collaborates with Brickworks on “Flip Cide” Stout & Cider Blend

 BC Beer Awards Announces 2020 Collaboration Brew: “Class Act” Dry-Hopped Sour

 R&B Brewing Releases “Rainy Day Dream Away” Butterfly Pea Flower Saison

 Coast Mountain Brewing Releases 2020 “First Aid Kit” Pomegranate Sour


Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →

 

BEER CAREERS: FEATURED JOB POSTINGS


From Beer Me BC
 

Delivery Driver – Ravens Brewing Company – Abbotsford, BC

Various other brewery and warehouse tasks. Ravens Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery located in Abbotsford, BC, focusing on quality and community… From Indeed – Wed, 16 Sep 2020  Continue Reading… View Job →

Production Assistant – Steamworks Brewery – Burnaby, BC

Steamworks Brewery is currently hiring a full-time production assistant at the Brewery facility located in Burnaby. Run bottle, can, & keg production lines. $16 an hour From Indeed – Mon,  Continue Reading… View Job →

 

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