June 5, 2018
Never mind the Canadian Country Music Awards or the Junos. What a city like London needs to land in order to be hip are the Canadian Brewing Awards.
Especially when there’s a hometown contender and a whiff of cannabis in the air (not that there’s any connection between the two).
The 16th annual awards recognizing the best of Canada’s craft beers were held in Halifax this year and Anderson Craft Ales was among those leaving with medals from among the 310 breweries submitting more than 1,900 beers.
The Old East Village brewery captured gold for its cream ale and, in the European-style amber to dark lager category, bronze for Anderson Spring. Not too shabby.
There were 56 categories, each representing a style of beer from brett to spiced to smoked.
Among the other medal winners:
Gold for Walkerville Purity pilsner from Windsor
Silver for Walkerville’s Kremlin Russian Imperial stout
Silver for Westcott cream ale by the Grove Brewhouse of Kingsville
Silver in the North American lager category for Frank’s cream ale by Frank Brewing of Tecumseh
Silver for Scotch ale, Niagara College Teaching Brewing Beer 101 Strong
Silver for Come to the Dark Side chocolate stout by Upper Thames of Woodstock
Bronze for Ace Hill Light. One of the Toronto-based Ace Hill founders is Blake Anderson, formerly of London. Ace Hill will be brewing at the new Equals Brewing facility in London.
Best of show was an English brown beer brewed in Quebec by Brasserie Mille-Iles and brewer of the year was Dageraad of British Columbia.
And the cannabis? That was the subject of an eye-raising seminar as cannabis beer edges closer to the marketplace via Province Brands of Canada. In anticipation of legalization for recreational use, the Toronto company has plans to make a beer using cannabis instead of hops.
Dooma Wendschuch, co-founder and chief executive of Province Brands of Canada, told CTV News the cannabis beer would have 6.5 mg of THC, the psychoactive agent in pot.
“Our goal is to make a product that is only as intoxicating as a standard beer would be for someone who has drank beer before,” Wendschuch told the broadcaster.
Hops are a plant cousin of cannabis and the research for using cannabis in beer is partially funded by you. The Ontario government chipped in $300,000 for Loyalist College of Belleville to work with Province Brands in the development of the new adult beverage category. Think of that as you vote in the provincial election.
It’s expected to be on the market in fall 2019.
NEW AND NOTED: For Forked Shake, a milkshake IPA from Forked River, is back for summer with added blackberries and in time for Forked Fest, the ticketed multi-brewery, multi-food event happening June 9 at 45 Pacific Court. It’s also Forked River’s fifth birthday party … Anderson Summer should be at the LCBO this week. Anderson releases a beer for each of the four seasons … Craft brewers in the United States fear President Donald Trump’s steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum will hurt small breweries. “It’s a really difficult time for small brewers right now, because we use a huge amount of stainless steel, and many of us use a huge amount of aluminum too,” Leslie Henderson, a co-founder of Mississippi-based Lazy Magnolia brewery, told CNN. “Anything that impacts the cost of our production equipment and our raw materials is going to be extremely painful for all of us.” … Boxcar Graffiti, a fruit beer from Railway City, is helping raise money for a wildlife charity. During June, 50 cents from every pour of Boxcar Graffiti in the taproom and 25 cents from every can sold goes to Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation … Bell CIty of Brantford has released Red Zeppelin, a sour cherry wheat.
MORE BEER: Like to keep tabs on new beers and sales at the LCBO? Check out LCBO Beer Watch at Twitter.com/LCBOWatch. It’s not affiliated with the government-run liquor store.