The BAOS Craft Beer Podcast Takes Over The Canadian Brewing Awards

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Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. On account of that, the Canadian Brewing Awards were held in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, this May — and BAOS was there. The conference was pretty cool; there was more craft beer flowing than anything we’d ever seen in our short beer lives, some of the greatest minds in Canadian brewing were in the building, and we were about to have a front row seat to it all.

Primarily we’re craft beer podcasters, which then turned into becoming YouTubers. While dabbling in multimedia is great for our brand and our content, the tech requirements in the often uncontrolled environments we work in can be a challenge.  The plan was to be Step 3 in a 3-step process: receive your award, get your photo taken and jump into a quick interview with us. Bam. Too easy.

So the awards begin — bronze, silver and gold are all announced at the same time, 15 people rush the stage and there’s a maze of humans by the step and repeat. We don’t recognize any faces. Everyone scatters and Scott and I look at each other like “WTF just happened?” We try again. This time, a brewer we just interviewed wins a silver award, so we get in a quick, somewhat awkward 30 second chat. It was terrible. We knew this approach wasn’t going to work.

We’d already recorded an intro the podcast, along with an interview with the President of the awards, plus we’d also just recorded the next podcast in full during the break, so we had no choice but to finish the earlier episode. What the hell were we supposed to do?

Get drunk, of course.

After the festivities, we headed back to our host domicile and decided to drink the official beer of the conference and discuss the events. It came out pretty well in the end, luckily. If you’ve ever been curious as to how a beer awards ceremony in Canada goes down, enjoy!

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Aussie Cee and Canuck Scott 'Beer' Cole are just a couple blokes helping you understand and enjoy craft beer, one pour at a time. Together they host BAOS Podcast, a fun podcast and video series aimed at the newcomers to craft beer, interviewing everyone from brewers, brewery owners, DJs, musicians, comedians, entrepreneurs and everyone in between. Based between Toronto and Montreal, they cover beers from around the planet, bringing an educated novice perspective to those newer to beer without all the pretension and beard-stroking. Though they do enjoy stroking their beards from time to time.

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