A fierce competition is growing at Hopyard on Kent Street in Charlottetown. For the second year in a row, The Brewery Battle pits local brewers against each other, in a winner-takes-all series of events that ultimately leads to an annual champion in PEI Craft Beer.
Every Thursday a new round takes place at Hopyard. A few changes in this year’s program: larger National brewers have been invited to bring beers from their craft portfolio and Red Island Cider became the first local cider producer to enter the competition.
The tournament began in late April when PEI Brewing Company went head to head with Summerside’s Evermoore Brewing. The Charlottetown brewery managed to beat Evermoore early in the evening with a line up of long standing Island craft beers and a few new additions like Beacon Blonde Ale.
The next round saw Red Island Cider against Molson. In a show of cider fortitude, Red Island Cider managed to beat the national brewing giant with their innovative range of ciders made right here in Charlottetown. Crushed like an apple, Molson couldn’t clinch the win with an odd bag of beers from their craft book.
In early May, Cornwall’s Village Green beat Saint John’s brewing behemoth, Moosehead. A mix of traditional English Session beers and modern Hazy IPAs allowed Village Green to win against Moosehead, who brought a few beers from their small batch brewery, including the resurrection of a beer your grandparents would recall drinking—Ten Penny.
Moth Lane Brewing went up against Labatt’s Alexander Keith’s craft brands. In this heated round, Keith’s managed to squeak out a win thanks to the hustle and leg work put in by Labatt’s Sales Representative David Mitchell.
May wrapped up with an epic showdown between Upstreet and PEI Brewing. Upstreet claimed the victory after bringing some special release beers to the taps at Hopyard. Lone Oak Brewing, last year’s champion, square off against Red Island Cider after their advancement from the first round.
Village Green will be up against Montague’s Copper Bottom Brewing on June 3, and Bogside Brewing will go head to head with Alexander Keith’s on June 10. Semifinals will be held June 17 and 24 as winners advance.
Make room in your schedule every Thursday to check out the battles. The finals will be held on Canada Day, July 1. Be sure to stop in at Hopyardto support your favourite local brewery and help declare the 2021 PEI Craft Beer Champion.