Central City Brewers & Distillers Wins 2019 Beer of the Year!

The 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards were announced at a gala ceremony in Toronto on Saturday, May 4, 2019, and the big winner from British Columbia was Central City Brewers & Distillers, which won three medals including a gold in the Experimental Beer category for its Red Racer After Hours Pale Ale, which was also named 2019 Beer of the Year for Canada. Central City, which can be found on the New West, Delta, Surrey & Richmond Ale Trail, was previously named Canada’s Brewery of the Year in 2012. The other two awards won by Central City were both bronze medals for its Red Racer Pils and Red Racer Ocean Playground Belgian Tripel.

Central City’s Red Racer After Hours Pale Ale – 2019 Canadian Beer of the Year

The Red Racer After House Pale Ale is an unusual beer inspired by the classic Old-Fashioned whisky cocktail. The beer is a pale ale blended with Central City’s own Lohin McKinnon single malt whisky and house-made bitters as well as orange peels and cherries.

“Like an Old-Fashioned, expect strong notes of orange peel and orange zest, with a hint of malt sweetness, a kiss of whisky, and garnished with a cherry.”

BC brewers celebrate their awards at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards

In total, 36 different craft breweries from British Columbia won a total of 49 medals, representing nearly one-third of the 164 medals awarded — only Ontario won more (57) with Quebec coming in third with 25. This success follows on last year’s results when Dageraad Brewing was named brewery Brewery of the Year.

Mistral Saison from Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver BC

Gold medals were awarded to 15 beers from British Columbia, and several breweries won two medals, including:

Stoked Winter Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing in Revelstoke, BC

There were two category sweeps by BC craft breweries:

Herb and Spice Beer

Flavoured Stout/Porter

Another Gold medal winner was Fernie Brewing’s Campout™ West Coast Pale. Fernie can be found on the Kootenay Rockies East Ale Trail.

An important announcement was made during the Canadian Brewing Awards about the formation of a new national Canadian Craft Brewers Association, “representing over 700 craft breweries from every province and territory in Canada.” With a mandate to “promote and protect the interests of small and independent breweries across Canada”, the CCBA-AMBC will be the national voice of this important and growing sector of the Canadian economy. More details are available here.

The other big news in terms of BC craft beer is that next year’s awards will be held in Victoria:


For the full results, visit the website of the Canadian Brewing Awards.

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