The Inaugural Speaker’s Choice Craft Beer award announced from BC Legislature

Two BC Breweries Tie for First Place

VICTORIA, BC – November 15, 2018  –Riot Brewing from Chemainus, and Backcountry Brewing from Squamish were announced today as the BC Speaker’s Choice Beers for 2018/2019.

The two breweries tied for first place at the first annual Speaker’s Choice BC Craft Beer event, held at the Provincial Legislature at the end of October as part of BC Craft Beer Month.

The inaugural event, hosted by the BC Ale Trail and held October 24th, saw 12 breweries from across the province sampling their beer for MLAs and members of the press gallery in the beautiful rotunda at the BC Legislature.

Honourable Dr. Darryl Plecas, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, hosted the event and encouraged all in attendance to vote for their favourite beers. The winning beers will be given as gifts to dignitaries who visit the BC Legislature, and the two winning breweries will each receive a medal and certificate from the BC Legislature. SpeakersLetter2018

“This event was all about showing what an amazing craft beer scene BC has to offer,” said Joe Wiebe, director of content for the BC Ale Trail. “Many of the MLAs in attendance were familiar with the craft breweries in their own ridings, but they were pleased to be able to sample beers from all over the province, and to learn more about the BC Ale Trail project.”

Each brewery in attendance represented a different regional Ale Trail including:

Backcountry Brewing – Squamish
Barkerville Brewing – Northern BC
Bridge Brewing – North Vancouver
Cannery Brewing – Penticton
Driftwood Brewery – Victoria
Fernie Brewing – Kootenays
Four Winds Brewing – New West, Delta, Surrey and Richmond
Old Yale Brewing – Fraser Valley
Red Collar Brewing – Kamloops, Shuswap and Vernon
Riot Brewing – Vancouver Island
Strange Fellows Brewing – Vancouver
Townsite Brewing – Sunshine Coast

Click here for more information on the  BC Ale Trail.

About the BC Ale Trail

The BC Ale Trail is a BC Craft Brewers’ Guild initiative, created 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: Destination Greater 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, Tourism Valemount and Tourism Richmond. Visit or #BCAleTrail on social media.




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