In spectacular fashion, the 10th Annual BC Beer Awards (BCBA), rolled out October 19, 2019. As per usual, they did not disappoint. As soon as I walked in the door and grabbed my full sized, 12-ounce, gold adorned, drinking chalice, I knew this year, the tenth year, was going to be something special.
As the veritable who’s who of the BC Craft Beer Industry eagerly awaited this year’s results, the crowd grew louder. So loud in fact, that this year’s host - CBC’s Stephen Quinn – had to politely tell the crowd to “Shut the F@&K up”. In short, people were excited. But they had reason to be.
For the full results, you’ll have to visit bcbeerawards.com. There were some surprising, amazing, and downright titillating results. There is a lot to comment on from that night, but for me, these are the three standout results of the night:
Dageraad’s Sweep of the Belgian Strong Category
This booming brewery is showing no signs of slowing down. I’ve spent some time in Belgium and have gotten to know Belgian beer a little bit. In my “professional” opinion, there is no brewery that I have come across in North America that does Belgian beer better. The crowd literally erupted with applause when Dageraad heard their name announced in triplicate.
Twin Sails: A no show in the Hazy IPA Category
To everyone’s surprise, the darling of BC’s Hazy IPA industry, Twin Sails, did not hear their name called in the category they swept in 2018. We were all shocked. Rather than this being a knock against Twin Sails, I’ll wager my bet that the industry is now catching up to them. They did however bring home the “Innovator of The Year” award, which obviously stands for something.
Brewery of the year: Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
In its short history, KPU has risen to become Canada’s top brewing school. Offering the only brewing diploma of its kind in BC, the list of grads actively working in the industry is a long one. This award is a fantastic nod to the great work the school is doing. In fact, they’re doing so awesome that they are the only brewing program in Canada to be recognized by the Master Brewers Association, and it's one of three postsecondary education brewing programs Beer Canada supports with a student award.
This is the first of many musings, noticings, and reports coming from The Beer Rater, exclusively written for Here for Beer. Stay tuned for more updates coming at you every other week!
Mike Ansley, more commonly known as The Beer Rater, is a self-proclaimed Craft Beer-Evangelist. With his strangely tolerant wife, he can be seen reporting on beer all over the place, with a twist of humour.
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