Get ready, Ontario! 10 brewers and 10 Ontario hop producers are about to go head to head (pun intended) in an all-out Ontario craft beer competition. Each year, the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition takes just 10 brewers (first come first served basis) and this year the competition filled up very quickly. It’s great to see Ontario brewers excited about using ingredients grown a little closer to home.
What ARE hops, anyway? Hops are one of the most basic, and much used ingredient in beer brewing. The part of the hops plant used in the brewing process is actually the flower (pictured below) which resembles a small green pinecone. Hops come in many different varieties (and often have cool names like Galaxy, Chinook, Fuggles, Wild Turkey, etc.), and provide brewers with a range of different bitter flavours and aromas to work with.
We’re excited to see that of the 10 brewers/breweries participating, the good folks over at The Blue Elephant Craft Brew House are stepping up to the plate! As you may recall, they’ve taken home some hardware before. They won gold in 2014 for their Sweet Leaf brown Ale, using local hops from the Carolinian Hop Yard, also located in Norfolk County. We’re proud to list The Blue Elephant among our Feast ON members, their commitement to local food is as strong as their love for great craft beer.
Good luck, everyone! May the best brew win! Stay tuned here for the results.
According to an article by Friends of the Greenbelt, hop farmers now supply more than 53 breweries across Ontario, contributing to a rapidly-growing craft beer industry. Want to learn more about Ontario hops? Check in with the Ontario Hop Growers’ Association.