Ontario Brewing Awards 2015

DoubleTempestForget the Oscars. Forget the Grammys. Forget the Tonys and the Emmys. For my money, the most important awards of the year go to the best craft brews out their for you to explore. Now this article will obviously go a little more local than most of our site’s content. That said, I cannot help but celebrate my home province’s achievements in brewing. Ontario has become a hotbed of innovation and flavour in its craft brew selection, so congrats to Amsterdam Brewing Co. for winning best beer with Double Tempest, and to all the winners last night for all of the hoppy and malty joy you bring me night after night (and sometimes mornings…). Cheers!

OntarioBrewingAwardsNorth American Light Lager

Gold: Cool Beer Brewing Co. – Stonewall Light

Silver: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Antigravity

Bronze: Laker Brewing Company – Laker Light

 

North American Lager

Gold: Triple Bogey Brewing Co. – Premium Lager

Silver:  Laker Brewing Company – Laker Lager

Bronze: Sleeman Breweries – Original Draught

 

Pilsner

Gold: Steam Whistle – Pilsner

Silver: Creemore Springs Brewery Ltd – Lot 9

Bronze: Kichesippi Beer Co. – Donny’s Dort

 

Amber Lager

Gold: Old Flame Brewing Co.- Red

Silver: Hop City Brewing Co.- Barking Squirrel

Bronze: Cool Beer Brewing Co. – Millennium Buzz

 

Dark Lager

Gold: Silversmith Brewing Company – Black Lager

Silver: Hop City Brewing Co. – 8th Sin Black Lager

Bronze: F&M Brewery- StoneHammer Dunkel

 

Bock

Gold: Lake of Bays Brewing Company – Crazy Eyes Darcy Tucker

Silver: Creemore Springs Brewery Ltd – UrBock

Bronze: Cameron’s Brewing Co. – Rye Pale Ale

Honey / Maple Beers

Gold: Haliburton Highlands Brewing – Honey Brown Ale

Silver: Railway City Brewing Co. – Shambock

Bronze: The 3 Brewers – Maple Ale

 

Hefeweizen

Gold: Side Launch Brewing Company – Wheat

Silver: Smithworks Brewing Company – Hefeweizen

Bronze: Muskoka Brewery – Summer Weiss

 

Witbier

Gold: Mill St. Brewery – Belgian Wit

Silver: Northwinds Brewhouse – Moonlit Wit

Bronze: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Solstice Saison

 

Flavoured Beer

Gold: Wellington Brewery – 2014: A Spice Odyssey

Silver: Trafalgar Brewing Co. – Ginger Beer

Bronze: Mill St. Brewery – Lemon Tea

 

Farmhouse Ales

Gold: Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Le Paysan Saison

Silver: Cameron’s Brewing Co. – Into the Shade Saison

Bronze: Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Howl

 

Lagered Ales

Gold: Sawdust City Brewing Co. – Gateway Kolsch

Silver: Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Cause and Effect

Bronze: Sleeman Breweries – Cream Ale

 

British Pale / Bitter

Gold: Big Rig Brewery – ESB

Silver: Wellington Brewery – Arkell Best Bitter

No Bronze Awarded

 

American Pale Ale

Gold: Great Lakes Brewery – Canuck Pale Ale

Silver: Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Naughty Neighbour

Bronze: Liberty Village Brewing Co. – 504 Pale Ale

 

British IPA

Gold: Longslice Brewery- Hopsta La Vista

Silver: Railway City Brewing Co. – Dead Elephant Ale

Bronze: Sleeman Breweries – India Pale Ale

 

West Coast IPA

Gold: Sawdust City Brewing Co. – Twin Pines IIPA

Silver: Stone City Ales – Green Goddess Imperial IPA

Bronze: Stone City Ales – Uncharted IPA

 

Dark IPA

Gold: Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Malevolent Black Imperial Ale

Silver: Manantler Brewing Co. – Dark Prince

Bronze: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Netherworld

 

Amber Ale

Gold: Kilannen Brewing Co. – New Zealand Red Ale

Silver: Orange Snail Brewers – Rattle N’ Nemo

Bronze: Old Tomorrow Brewing  – Canadian Pale Ale

 

Dark Ale

Gold: Wellington Brewery – County Dark Ale

Silver: Clocktower Brew Pub – Bytown Brown

Bronze: Wellington Brewery – Iron Duke Strong Ale

 

Porter

Gold: Clifford Brewing Co. – Porter

Silver: Innocente Brewing Company – Charcoal Porter

Bronze: Block Three Brewing Co. – Pushbroom Porter

 

Stout

Gold: Trafalgar Brewing Co.- Schwartzy

Silver: Liberty Village Brewing Company – Black Blessing

Bronze: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Cadillac Graveyard

 

Imperial Stout/ Baltic Porter

Gold: Wellington Brewery – Imperial Russian Stout

Silver: Big Rig Brewery – Cherry Bomb Imperial Chocolate Cherry Milk Stout

Bronze: 5 Paddles Brewing Co. – Midnight Paddler

 

Fruit Beer

Gold: Mill St. Brewery – Frambozen

Silver: Trafalgar Brewing Co.  – Raspberry Mint

Bronze: Amsterdam Brewing Co.  – KLB Raspberry Wheat

 

Vegetable Beer

Gold: Trafalgar Brewing Co. – Pumpkin Ale

Silver: Wellington Brewery  – Farmers’ Market Rhubarb Saison

Bronze: Garden Brewers – Green Thumb IPA

 

Flavoured Porters / Stouts

Gold: Trafalgar Brewing Co. – Schwartzy Xpresso

Silver: Barley Days Brewery – Scrimshaw Oyster Stout

Bronze: Amsterdam Brewing Co.  – Full City Double Tempest

 

Strong Beer

Gold: Smithworks Brewing Company- Blonde

Silver: Side Launch Brewing Company – Belgian Hat Trick

Bronze: Amsterdam Brewing Co.  – Vicars Vice

 

Gluten Free

Gold: Snowman Brewing Co. – The Rambam

Silver: Trafalgar Brewing Co. – Ginger Mead

No Bronze Awarded

 

Barrel Aged – Whisky

Gold: Amsterdam Brewing Co.  – Double Tempest

Silver: Cameron’s Brewing Co. – Deviator Doppelbock

Bronze: Amsterdam Brewing Co.  – Recidivist

 

Barrel Aged – Wine

Gold: Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Winey Bastard

Silver: Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Sour Cherry Imperial Stout

Bronze: Sawdust City Brewing Co.  – ODB

 

Smoked Beer

Gold: Black Oak Brewing Co.  – Nox Aeterna

Silver: Covered Bridge Brewing – La Cabane à Sucre

Bronze: Mill St. Brewery – Rauchbier

 

Newcomer of the Year

Trafalgar Brewing Co.

 

Beer of the Year

Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Double Tempest

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