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



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



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



Gold: Side Launch Brewing Company – Wheat

Silver: Smithworks Brewing Company – Hefeweizen

Bronze: Muskoka Brewery – Summer Weiss



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



Gold: Clifford Brewing Co. – Porter

Silver: Innocente Brewing Company – Charcoal Porter

Bronze: Block Three Brewing Co. – Pushbroom Porter



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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