New Limburg celebrates a hoppy victory

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!

For beer news and trends, check out the Ontario Craft Brewers!


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