TATAMAGOUCHE – For the first time in the award’s 18 years, the Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference went virtual.
Each spring, Canadian brewers and members of the brewing industry join for a two day conference that ends with Canada’s highest national brewing competition. The awards judge the quality of Canadian manufactured beer, with over 1,500 entries submitted this year. Awards presented include a Canadian Brewery of the Year and Canadian Beer of the Year.
Like most other conferences and events, CBAC was postponed and eventually reformatted due to COVID-19. This included moving the awards to a live-stream, virtual ceremony that took place Saturday, September 12 in Ontario.
While very different, the morale was high across the nation with breweries hosting small watch parties with staff, or curling up on the couch at home with their favourite brew. Tatamagouche Brewing Company had a small gathering with their brewery staff, ordering takeout and watching the awards on a big screen.
“It was great to celebrate after what has been a challenging year for breweries, gathering virtually and recognizing everyone’s continued accomplishments,” says Christiane Jost, co-owner of Tatamagouche Brewing Company. “We were thrilled to win not only a gold medal for Two Rivers Baltic Porter, but also a silver medal for Square One Dry Hopped Saison and a bronze medal for Saltwater Cowboy Gose.”
Nova Scotia was well represented at the national awards winning a total of seven awards; Uncle Leo’s Brewery won a silver for their Sunburst Pale Ale, Good Robot Brewing Company was awarded their first Canadian Brewing Award – a silver for Creature Feature IPA, Garrison Brewing Co. won bronze for their Bock, Propeller Brewing Co. won silver for their popular Azacca Session IPA and Tatamagouche Brewing Company rounded it out winning a gold, silver, and bronze for Two Rivers Baltic Porter, Square One Dry Hopped Saison, and Saltwater Cowboy Gose respectively.