Vancouver Craft Beer Week Hosts Vancouver Magazine Craft Beer Awards at the Opening Gala
Vancouver Craft Beer Week is something that everyone in British Columbia can look forward to. Those within an arms reach of the festivities can enjoy 10 days of amazing craft beer, delicious food and events that will be remembered for years to come. The 2015 VCBW festival offers what attendees have come to love plus a few new twists to make the week even more exciting.
Each year the week long affair kicks off with a gala event. In its third year the event returned to the Yaletown Roundhouse venue where a handfull of breweries were serving their best offerings. Additionally, the outdoor area was open for patrons to enjoy a taster in the setting Vancouver sun. This outdoor area gave some breathing room in the indoor space and offered a breath of fresh air that can be tough to find at such an event.
The big addition and draw for this year’s event was the addition of Vancouver Magazine’s innaugural Craft Beer Awards. The event lined up with the release of the June issue of Vancouver Magazine where 43 beers were offered accolades across 15 categories of beers. While you can find the full list of winners at the bottom of this article the coveted Best In Show award was given to Steamworks Brewing Company for their ever-popular Imperial Red Ale.
The opening gala is a sign of what is to come and with events happening every day from May 29th until June 7th 2015 you can purchase tickets to beer pairings, parties, education sessions and more at vancouvercraftbeerweek.com. Hopefully we will see you out there at one (or several) of the events!
The 2015 Vancouver Magazine Craft Beer Awards Winners
Best In Show
Steamworks Brewing – Imperial Red Ale
Gold – Okanagan Spring – 1516
Silver – Deep Cove Brewers – Trapper John’s Lager
Bronze – Parallel 49 Brewing – Craft Lager
Belgian & Sour
Gold – Brouwerij Verhaeghe Vichte – Duchesse de Bourgogne
Silver – Four Winds Brewing – Saison
Bronze – Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste – Cuvee des Jacobins
North American Ale
Gold – Bridge Brewing Co. – North Shore Pale Ale
Silver – Central City Brewers – Red Racer Pale Ale
Bronze – Double Mountain Brewery – Vaporizor Pale Ale
North American IPA
Gold – Breakside Brewery – Wanderlust IPA
Silver – Hopworks Urban Brewery – Hopworks IPA
Bronze – Yellow Dog Brewing – Play Dead IPA
Gold – Scuttlebutt Brewing – Hoptopia Imperial IPA
Silver – Central City Brewing – Red Racer Imperial IPA
Bronze – Worthy Brewing Co. – Imperial IPA
Brown & Porter
Gold – Yellow Dog Brewing – Shake a Paw Smoked Porter
Silver – To Ol – Black Ball Porter
Bronze – Moody Ales – Smouldering Smoked Porter