BC Breweries Win Big at 2018 World Beer Cup

Posted May 4, 2018






Eight BC Breweries Win Big at 2018 World Beer Cup

Breweries bring home three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals

May 4, 2018, Victoria, BC – The BC Craft Brewers Guild and the BC Ale Trail are ecstatic with the unprecedented success of eight of their member breweries who won nine medals at the World Beer Cup®.

These results reinforce a fact that local beer enthusiasts and beer tourists to this province already know: British Columbia is a world-class beer destination with the breweries having been recognized with three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.

“The quality and creativity of the BC craft beer industry is evident on a global stage,” says Joe Wiebe, partner with the BC Ale Trail. “In fact, British Columbia won more than most countries that entered, which is a testament to the growth, quality, and size of our industry.”

The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the results of the 2018 World Beer Cup awards. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee on May 3, 2018.

“We’re absolutely stoked – speaking politely – to win Gold for our Working Class Hero Dark Mild, and a Bronze for our Breakfast of Champions Coffee Lager, the result of some serious hard work from our incredible team,” says Aly Tomlin, owner of Riot Brewing Co. in Chemainus, BC. “BC’s beer scene is growing and we’re proud to be part of the success of our industry, especially on an international scale.”

“We are so excited to see the sheer number of awards being won by all the BC breweries,” says David Bowkett, owner of Powell Brewery. “When we saw our name come up for the gold medal win, we all let out a large cheer and continued to celebrate through the night. We’re all still in shock but so very happy! We never expected anything like this.”

“The Corvus was first launched last summer and immediately became a favourite in the tasting room and throughout BC, “said Paul Sweeting, owner of Ravens Brewing. “Corvus won third place in the BC Beer Awards in 2017, earning gold in the World Beer Cup is an amazing recognition of the exceptional quality of beers made by our Head Brewer Dan Marriette and our hard-working staff.”

The biennial World Beer Cup® awards was the largest to date. A total of 8,234 beers were entered from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries. In addition, 101 beer style categories were judged by 295 judges, from 33 countries, over three days. Canada won 14 medals, finishing second of the 66 countries entered.


BC’s Winning Breweries:

  • Riot Brewing Co.
    • GOLD – Working Class Hero Dark Mild (English-Style Mild Ale),
    • BRONZE – Breakfast of Champions Coffee Lager (English-Style Mild Ale)
  • Powell Brewery
    • GOLD – Old Jalopy Pale Ale (Extra Special Bitter)
  • Ravens Brewing Co.
    • GOLD – Corvus Lingonberry Lime Gose (Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary Gose)
  • Coal Harbour Brewing Co.
    • SILVER – Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale (Smoke Beer)
  • Steamworks Brewing Co.
    • SILVER – Scarlet (Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer)
  • Four Winds Brewing Co.
    • SILVER – Juxtapose (American-Belgo-Style Ale)
  • 33 Acres Brewing Co.
    • SILVER – 33 Acres of Euphoria (Belgian-Style Tripel)
  • Whistler Brewing Co.
    • BRONZE – Black Tusk Ale (English-Style Mild Ale)

About the BC Ale Trail

The BC Ale Trail is a BC Craft Brewers’ Guild initiative, created after consultation with the government and Destination BC, to connect British Columbia’s world-class brewing scene with tourism organizations across the province. Along with a team of dedicated craft beer allies, BC Ale Trail showcases BC’s delicious craft beer, inspiring geography and potential for adventure with beer enthusiasts across our province, region and the rest of the globe. The BC Ale Trail’s destination partners for 2018 include: Tourism Victoria, Tourism Whistler, Tourism Nanaimo, Discover Comox Valley, Sunshine Coast Tourism, City of Port Moody, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism, Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association, Tourism Vancouver Island, Tourism Squamish, Tourism Abbotsford, Tourism New West, Tourism Cowichan, Tourism Kelowna, Tourism Kamloops, Shuswap Tourism, Tourism Vernon, City of Port Alberni, Tourism Prince George, Tourism Smithers, Visit Prince Rupert, Kermodei Tourism, City of Quesnel and Tourism Richmond,.  Visit www.bcaletrail.ca or #BCAleTrail on social media.




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