Leta��s raise our glass to this years winner of the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC), New Limburg Brewing Company!
In collaboration with Hayhoe Hops and King Lake Farms, they mastered the challenge to present the best Belgian-style IPA. To freshen up your memory, a Belgian IPA is an IPA, fermented with Belgian yeast.
The honourable Mention goes to Muddy York Brewing Co. & VQH Farms. After winning, Limburg Brewing Company hosted the award ceremony at their one-of–a-kind School-Turned-Brewery. Now thata��s the kind of school we would like to go!
Charlie Luke, the Norfolk County Mayor, presented the award. Ironically, he once was a vice principal in those very same halls when the brewery used to be an elementary school.
This year was the fifth edition of The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, sponsored by BASF. The competition arose as an initiative to bring together Ontario hops producers and Ontario breweries, to make the most significant -read most delicious- end-product, the hoppy brews.
a�?The competition is a great chance for future generations of Ontario brewers to make connections with hop growers in the province,a�? said Scott Hodgins, Horticulture Crop Manager with BASF. a�?Wea��re proud to sponsor an enterprise that promotes high quality crops for local use.a�?
If you want to taste the award-winning brew, youa��ll have to go -or better run- to New Limburga��s brewerya��s bottle shop. Right now, the Belgian IPA is back on the shelf, after being a victim of its popularity. But better be fast, you never know when theya��ll be gone again!
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