Beer Flowed And News Broke At The 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards [List Of Winners]

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Brew Studs coverage of the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards was made possible in part by McLean Hallmark, who is taking specific notice of brewery needs and offering protection against a variety calamities.

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It was a big day for the Ontario beer scene.

Dozens of brewers, journalists and craft beer fans alike gathered in Toronto’s Great Hall on Friday to celebrate the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards, where 48 honors were given to the outstanding eligible beers and breweries of the 120 entrants.

The large, mostly bearded crowd enjoyed a bevy of free beverages provided at the event, and despite the small sample-sized glasses they were served in, there was no doubt the lively air of the crowd was influenced by the accessible alcohol.

This is the 14th year the Ontario Brewing Awards has been held, but this year there were some changes – and a major announcement. At the end of the evening it was made known that TAPS Media, which owns TAPS Magazine and the Canadian Brewing Awards, was assuming control of future events. Previously, the Ontario Brewing Awards was owned and run by Beerlicious Inc.

In March, TAPS Media announced that the Canadian Beer Awards would only accept entries from wholly-Canadian owned breweries, which excluded entrants under the Molson-Coors umbrella. This decision cost them the sponsorship of the Beer Store (which Molson-Coors owns 49% of).

With the rise of Macro buyouts of craft breweries (such as the 2015 Labatt takeover of Mill Street, a perennial winner at the Ontario Brewing Awards), this clearly aligns TAPS with independent Canadian breweries. At the time of publication, it’s not known whether this change will be implemented at the 2018 Ontario Brewing Awards, although it seems likely.

The number of breweries entered into the competition in 2017 was up nearly triple the amount of entrants from just three years ago. According to the most recent data published by the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB), there were over $240 million in sales of craft beer in Ontario in 2015, which was an increase of 20 percent over the previous year. Entrants in the Ontario Brewing Awards are all judged and awarded by BJCP certified judges.


The Awards


Best of Show

Gold: Lost Craft Brewing Co. – Revivale
Silver: Cameron’s Brewing Co. – New Wood Brett Saison
Bronze: Junction Craft Brewery – Hey, PORTER!

Newcomer of the Year

The Napanee Beer CompanyAn obvious choice for Newcomer of the Year with their excellent branding and diverse, interesting lineup, Napanee is definitely a newcomer worth keeping your eye on.

Most Gold

Amsterdam Brewing Co. (4)

Cameron’s Brewing Co. (3)


Complete List – 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards Winners & Runners Up

StyleGoldSilver Bronze
AltbierOld Tomorrow – TRACK 85™ Lagered AleAbe Erb Brewing Company – Alterior Motive AltbierNone given
Amber AleHenderson Brewing Company – Henderson’s BestKichesippi Beer Co. – 1855The Exchange Brewery – Amber Ale
Amber LagerHop City Brewing Co. – Barking Squirrel LagerCool Beer Brewing Company – Millennium BuzzLake Wilcox Brewing Co. – Mad Quacker
American Brown AleLeft Field Brewery – EephusThe Publican House Brewery – Henry’s Irish AleWellington Brewery – (Extra) Terrestrial Imperial IBA
American Pale AleGreat Lakes Brewery – The Brewers IPA (Independent Pale Ale)Amsterdam Brewing Company – Cruiser All Day Pale AleMill Street Brewery – Welterweight Session IPA
American India Pale AleFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Juicy Ass IPARainhard Brewing Co. – Lazy BonesMuddy York Brewing Co. – Roller Boat I.P.A.
Barley WineCameron’s Brewing Co. – Where The Buffalo RoamMill Street Brewery – Barley WineCameron’s Brewing Co. – Early Bird Breakfast
Barrel Aged WhiskyAmsterdam Brewing Company – Double TempestNickel Brook Brewing Co. – Kentucky BastardTooth and Nail Brewing Company – Fortissimo
Barrel Aged Red WineInnocente Brewing Company – Drunkard’s CloakRedline Brewhouse – Series 1Great Lakes Brewery – Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Quad with Cherries
Barrel Aged White WineForked River Brewing Company – The OracleCalabogie Brewing Co. – Grassy: SaisonAmsterdam Brewing Company – Superstition
Belgian Style DubbelNew Limburg Brewing Company – DubbelDescendants Beer & Beverage Co. – DeWulfeRedline Brewhouse – Brother Douglas
Belgian Style QuadrupelThe Napanee Beer Company – Redacted: These Monstrous ThingsBrock St. Brewing Company – Danger Lies AheadBell City Brewing Co. – Black Tie Affair
Belgian Style TripelRhythm & Brews Brewing Co. – Signed in TripelHenderson Brewing Co. – Rube GoldbeerNone given
Belgian Style IPARedline Brewhouse – Sprung!Shacklands Brewing Co. – Farmhouse IPABatch – Belgian White IPA
Blonde AleCollective Arts Brewing – Saint of CircumstanceRedline Brewhouse – 5:01Orange Snail Brewers – Iron Pig
BockAmsterdam Brewing Company – Spring BockLouis Cifer Brew Works – Beelzebock Traditional BockJunction Craft Brewery – DESTRUCTOR Series #3 Winter Bock
Bohemian PilsnerMill Street Brewery – Pilsner LagerThornbury Village Craft Brewery – Pickup Truck PilsnerBrock St. Brewing Company – Premium Pilsner
British Pale AleMuskoka Brewery – Cream AleNiagara College Teaching Brewery – Beer 101: BitterJunction Craft Brewery – Conductor’s Craft Ale
British India Pale AleLongslice Brewery – Hopsta La VistaCrooked Mile Brewing – Standing StoneHigh Park Brewery – Off the Leash
Craft LagerCreemore Springs Brewery – Lot 9 PilsnerKichesippi Beer Co. – Heller HighwaterJunction Craft Brewing – Trainspotter Helles Lager
Dark IPANone given.Lake Wilcox Brewing Co. – Black Hops IPABig Rig Brewery – Release The Hounds
Dark LagerThe Napanee Beer Company – Blacklist Black German LagerCameron’s Brewing Co. – Black Forest Dark LagerKame & Kettle Beer Works – Schwarz
DoppelbockCameron’s Brewing Co. – Deviator DoppelbockTooth and Nail Brewing Company – InvigoratorMuskoka Brewery – Sweet Shiver
DunkelweizenLake Wilcox Brewing Co. – Dunkel WeissSmithavens Brewing Company – DunkelweizenMuskoka Brewery – Winterweiss
English Brown AleWellington Brewery – County Dark AleGranite Brewery & Tied House – PeculiarBarnstormer Brewing & Distilling Company – Billy Bishop Brown Ale
Farmhouse BlondeCameron’s Brewing Co. – New Wood Brett SaisonStone City Ales – Lady JaneAmsterdam Brewing Company – Reserve Saison
Farmhouse DarkThe Exchange Brewery – Oud BruinThe Exchange Brewery – Flanders Red AleFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Brown Town Sour Brown
Flavoured StoutChocolate Cherry StoutNickel Brook Brewing Co. – Café Del BastardoFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Aurora Heart Chocolate Raspberry Stout
Flavoured PorterNot AwardedAbe Erb Brewing Co. – Abe’s Smoked PorterForked River Brewing Company – Full City Porter
Fruit BeerNickel Brook Brewing Co. – Raspberry UberThe Blue Elephant Craft Brew House – Summer Harvest Strawberry LagerThe Napanee Brewing Company – Chivalrous
German PilsnerSleeman Breweries – Silver Creek LagerJunction Craft Brewing – Local Option LagerMill Street Brewery – Snowdrop Pilsner
HefeweizenBrasserie Tuque de Broue Brewery Inc. – Barbe BlondeKichesippi Beer Co. – HefeweizenBig Rig Brewery – Big Boot
Herb / Spice BeerNickel Brook Brewing Co. – Cuvée5 Paddles Brewing Co. – Italian BackyardFRANK Brewing Co. – Honey Habanero
Honey BeerNone given5 Paddles Brewing Co. – Home Sweet HomeBayside Brewing Company – Honey Cream Ale
Imperial IPALouis Cifer Brew Works – Imperial IPARainhard Brewing Co. – Hop Cone SyndromeAmsterdam Brewing Company – Fracture Imperial IPA
Imperial StoutWalkerville Brewery- Russian Imperial StoutNickel Brook Brewing Co. – Bolshevik Bastard5 Paddles Brewing Co. – Midnight Paddler
Lagered AleLost Craft Brewing Co. – RevivaleCameron’s Brewing Co. – Cosmic Cream AleBig Rock Brewery – Rhine Stone Cowboy Kölsch Style Ale
LightCool Beer Brewing Company – Stonewall LightStoneHammer Brewing – StoneHammer Session LagerBrock St. Brewing Company – Brock Street Blonde
Milk StoutRainhard Brewing – Sweetback’sWalkerville Brewery – Easy StoutBig Rig Brewery – Midnight Kissed My Cow
Oktoberfest / MarzenRoyal City Brewing Co. – Oktoberfest LagerLongslice Brewery – Loose Lips LagerInnocente Brewing Company – No Marzen for Erorr
PorterJunction Craft Brewing – Hey, PORTER!Clifford Brewing Co. – Clifford PorterInnocente Brewing Company – Charcoal Porter
RauchbierCameron’s Brewing Co. – Bamberg Castle Smoked AleMill Street Brewery – RauchbierRhythm & Brews Brewing Company – Set The World On Fire
Scotch AleAmsterdam Brewing Company – Iona Scotch AleWalkerville Brewery – Scotch AleGranite Brewery – Lady Macbeth Scotch Ale
Standard LagerCool Beer Brewing Company – Cool LagerOld Flame Brewing Co. – Old Flame Blonde – Helles Style LagerBrick Brewing Co. – LandShark Lager
StoutRailway City Brewing Co. – Black Coal StoutMuskoka Brewery – Shinnicked StoutAbe Erb Brewing Company – Men In Night Stout
Vegetable BeerNone GivenBig Rig Brewery – Tales From The PatchMacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. – Red Fox Summer Ale
WitbierLouis Cifer Brew Works – Witcraft Belgian WheatStone City Ales – Windward Belgian WheatNew Limburg Brewing Co. – Wit

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The 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards were undoubtedly a success. Most beers awarded were well deserving, with only a few upsets. With the new independent brewery-supporting ownership taking control of future events, it remains to be seen whether major sponsors like the Beer Store will be returning.


Brew Studs coverage of the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards was made possible in part by McLean Hallmark, who is taking specific notice of brewery needs and offering protection against a variety calamities.

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