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Tooth & Nail wins big at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Photo courtesy of the brewery.

Canadian Brewing Awards – 613 represents!

By Jordan Duff on June 3, 2016

The 14th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference was held May 26-28 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. If you are unfamiliar with the competition, it is a nation-wide contest open to all breweries (and cideries) of any size to complete in a blind tasting over a variety of style categories. 40 Certified Beer Judges (BJCP) consider five elements of the beer: aroma, appearance, flavour, mouth-feel, and overall impression. With over 50 styles and lots of entries, this would almost take the fun out of drinking beer…

Representing Ottawa with big wins were Tooth and Nail Brewing Company and Covered Bridge Brewing.

Photo courtesy of the author.

Photo courtesy of the author.

CBB won Gold for their Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer entry, Two.  Owners John and Kathy VanDyk are excited and humbled by the award. It’s certainly a validation of the effort they’ve put into the still young brewery. They are already preparing and planning innovative ideas and brews for next year’s CBAs. The award-winning, Two is a strong (11.5%) bourbon barrel aged barley wine. The beer was released in December for the brewery’s second anniversary. Stay tuned for another strong barrel-aged anniversary beer this December: Three!

Photo courtesy of the author.

Photo courtesy of the author.

T&N had a strong showing with 4 wins! I assume, brewer Matt Tweedy had to check another bag just to get all his hardware home… Truce scored a Bronze in the Belgian-Style Quadrupel; Vim & Vigor won Silver in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category. Tenacity took home Silver in the English Style Pale Ale competition; and Valor was awarded Gold in French and Belgian Style Saison.

Matt believes these wins are a great recognition for Tooth & Nail’s hard working staff and for the team’s on-going pursuit of high-quality beer.

Beyond the competition, there’s also the conference, which Matt Tweedy thinks is a great resource for Canadian brewers: ” To get together and have a meeting of the minds, go to a few educational seminars, and quaff a few ales together creates a stronger Canadian community that will inevitably result in better and better beer.”

This coming together of Canadian brewers will feature a lot of local content next year with the announcement that the 2017 CBAs would be held in Ottawa. In the words of CBA President Rob Engman, “We move the CBAs to a different Canadian city each year. Since 2017 is the 15th annual awards event AND Canada’s 150th birthday, we felt the math pointed to Ottawa. Maybe Justin will pop by for a visit!”

This, along with the awards won by local representatives, is a testament to the growth of the brewing sector here in the nation’s capital.

I’ll drink to that.