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Red Truck Beer Co Wins Gold With Sips Northwest


Sips Magazine has published their Best of the Northwest issue awarding top prizes to the best beer in Western North America. Vancouver based Red Truck Beer Co. was given Gold for their lager as well as Silver for their Session Ale. Tied for this spot was also Deep Cove Brewery’s ISA. Also from BC. Bomber Brewing received gold for their CDA.

Hi , we are FIRED UP to forward you the below info. Over 200 breweries from Oregon, Washington State and B.C entered in this blind tasting.

“Sips Northwest magazine is excited to release our third annual Best of the Northwest issue, With more than 40 of the Northwest’s sharpest professional palates as our panel, we have compiled our list of the 2014 Best of the Northwest from more than 2,000 beverage submissions. Sip Northwest’s 2014 Best of the Northwest issue is a versatile compilation of the top billing beverages of the year. The winners are listed below.

Congrats to our friends from Deep Cove Brewing and Distillery and Bomber Brewing who also took home awards. We are very grateful for these awards and would like to thank our staff, supporters and the BC Craft Brewing community.



Champion: Red Truck Beer Co. Red Truck Lager

“Atop this sparkling , light coloured beer, snowy white foam releases the scent of yeast and old world hops. The Flavour is clean and slightly sweet with a  mild metallic bitterness lingering. The basic character is similar to the nationally recognized mega brands beers but the quality is noticeably higher, making this beer infinitely more quaffable.” SIPS, Oct 3rd, 2014 

1st Place Red Truck Lager.  Red Truck Beer Co
2nd Place: Icicle Brewing Co. Crosscut Pilsner
3rd Place: Full Sail Brewing Co. Cascade Pilsner

Session Ale
Champion: Schooner Exact Brewing Company Emerald India Session Ale
2nd Place (tie): Red Truck Beer Co. Red “Ute” ISA 
Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers Sun Kissed Tea Saison
 3rd Place: Breakside Brewery Passionfruit Sour Ale

India Pale Ale
Champion: Breakside Brewery Breakside
2nd Place: Airways Brewing Co. Seat Kicker
3rd Place: Black Raven Brewing Co. BeakTweaker Citrus

Amber/Red Ale
Champion: Laurelwood Brewing Co. Free Range Red
2nd Place: Full Sail Brewing Co. Amber Ale
3rd Place: Silver City Brewery Ridgetop Red Ale

Cascadian Dark Ale
Champion: Bomber Brewing Absolute Horizon
2nd Place: 7 Seas Brewing
3rd Place: Kulshan Brewing Midnight KDA

Imperial IPA 
Champion: Airways Brewing Co. Loud Lady
2nd Place: Old Schoolhouse Brewery
3rd Place: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. Hypocrite

Pale Ale
Champion: Bale Breaker Brewing Co. Field 41
2nd Place: Old Schoolhouse Brewery Epiphany
3rd Place: Fremont Brewing Co. Summer

Belgian-Style Ale
Champion: Propolis Brewing Spruce Saison
2nd Place: Airways Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Belgian Dark
3rd Place: Seapine Brewing Co. Super “C” French Saison

Champion: No-Li Brewhouse Coffee-Infused Wrecking Ball Imperial
2nd Place (tie): 7 Seas Brewing Port Royal and The Pike Brewing Co. XXXXX Extra
3rd Place: Brickyard Brewing Masonry Oatmeal

Champion: Fremont Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
2nd Place: Fremont Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Abominable Winter Ale
3rd Place: Breakside Brewery Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec

Best Newcomer 
Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA”

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