After recently receiving my certification as a “Recognized” BJCP Beer Judge, I had the chance to judge at my first competition, the Ontario Brewing Awards. It proved to be a great experience as I got to sit with more seasoned judges at the Beer Academy and go through some of the amazing beers that are coming out of this province. On the first of two nights we judged the Honey/ Maple category and the Amber Ales. On the second night we judged the Cream Ale category and the final round of the American IPA’s.
Last night was the Award ceremony at the beautiful Gladstone Hotel on Queen St. West. I was very eager to see which beers stood out as being the best of the bunch. Some of them were surprising, others were not. It was also great to see some new up and coming brewers/breweries make their mark.
If you haven’t tried some of these beers, maybe you should!
Congratulations to all of this years winners! Continue reading