Let’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.
An honorable second place goes to Walkerville Brewery
, in Windsor-Essex, together with Hayhoe Hops, King Lake Farms & VQH Farms. Wellington Brewery
& Hayhoe Hops snatched third place.
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 that’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.
“The competition is a great chance for future generations of Ontario brewers to make connections with hop growers in the province,” said Scott Hodgins, Horticulture Crop Manager with BASF. “We’re proud to sponsor an enterprise that promotes high quality crops for local use.”
If you want to taste the award-winning brew, you’ll have to go -or better run- to New Limburg’s brewery’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 they’ll be gone again!