Ontario’s Craft Brewing Champions Announced

The Ontario Craft Brewers have announced the winners of the OCB Centre of Excellence Awards, presented last week at a special ceremony and beer dinner at Amsterdam BrewHouse by the Lake in Toronto.

The awards took place following OCB’s annual one-day industry conference held at the Allstream Centre and attended by over 300 brewing industry professionals, suppliers and stakeholders.

“The Centre of Excellence Awards, also known as the “Industry Choice Awards”, are an opportunity for the craft brewing community – and its fans – to nominate and celebrate – the good work of their beer heroes,” said Bill Coleman, President of Cameron’s Brewing Co. and Master of Ceremonies for the day-long event.

The goal of the industry awards is to recognize examples of excellence among small, medium and large organizations that drive the craft brewing industry at the local, regional, national or international level. Initial nominations were pared down to the top three nominees per category and final voting took place online.

Source: Oast Brewery.

So, without further ado, below are the winners in six categories:

Product Quality & Process Innovation: Steam Whistle Brewing

Marketing Innovation: Toronto Festival of Beer

Education Leadership: Kevin Somerville, Oast House Brewers

Food and Beer Matching Development: Bill White, Better with Beer

Sustainability Accomplishments: Steam Whistle Brewing

Community Building: WinterBrewed, outdoor beer festival, Ottawa

The winners received a specially mounted tap handle award sponsored by Canadian Beverage Supply Inc.

There were 65 nominees throughout the industry – from brewers, to brewery owners, production people, sales staff and certified beer experts. OCB also wishes to congratulate the top three nominees in each category:

Product Quality & Process Innovation: Steam Whistle Brewing; Muskoka Brewery; and, Old Credit Brewing Co.

Marketing Innovation: Toronto Festival of Beer; Steve Beauchesne; and, JP Fournier/Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. for WinterBrewed Festival.

Education Leadership: Kevin Somerville; Oast House Brewers; Jon Downing, Niagara College; and, Prud’homme Beer Certification.

Food and Beer Matching Development: Bill White, Better with Beer; Jordan St. John, Beer Writer; and, Amsterdam Brewery.

Sustainability Accomplishments: Steam Whistle Brewing; Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.; and, Gananoque Brewing.

Community Building: WinterBrewed, outdoor beer festival, Ottawa; Beau’s Oktoberfest; and, Mill Street Brewery.

About the Ontario Craft Brewers

ocb_logoThe Ontario Craft Brewers is an association of 30+ small brewers dedicated to making great tasting, high quality beer in Ontario. The 30+ members of the Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario – from the Ottawa Valley to Windsor and Niagara to Muskoka and as far north as South River.

Handcrafting over 250 premium beers, Ontario Craft Brewers employ almost 900 people in Ontario, accounting for almost 30 per cent of the overall brewing employment in the province. Ontario’s Craft Brewers’ share for premium priced brands has more than tripled since 2002, going from less than one per cent to over three per cent of the beer volume sold in Ontario and continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category.

The OCB’s long term vision is to make Ontario a North American Centre of Excellence for Craft Brewing. Please discover responsibly.

For more information about the Ontario Craft Brewers, visit: OntarioCraftBrewers.com

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