Canadian breweries had a strong showing at this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship, winning a total of 24 medals with one Ontario brewery placing in the top 10. Breweries from around the world – including Australia, Belgium, Venezuela and Vietnam – submitted more than 6,000 beers in over 100 styles.
Ontario brewers won 21 medals; while Quebec took home two and B.C. one. The big Canadian winner is Cameron’s Brewing of Oakville, Ont., which was named one of the Top 10 Breweries of 2017 and won medals in four other categories, including Bitter (Gold; One-Eyed Grouse) and American Lager/Pilsner (Silver; Captain’s Log Lager).
Belgh Brasse, a brewery in Amos, Que., took home Gold in the American Lager/Pilsner category for its La Bittt à Tibi Amos Lager, and Bronze in the Belgian Pale Ale category for its Mons Blonde d’Abbaye. Lighthouse Brewing Company of Victoria, B.C. was tops in the Brown Ale category, taking home Gold for its Race Rocks Ale.
The annual competition is open to homebrewers and professional brewers alike, with judges coming from Canada, England and the U.S., according to a statement. See usopenbeer.com for the full list of 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship winners; Canadian winners follow.