After ringing in the end of another successful year, Charlottetown’s beloved beer institution Hopyard has dreamt up another series of great beer events for the first couple of months of 2020. In a winner take all single elimination tournament, Hopyard has pitted the 8 breweries operating on Prince Edward Island against each other in their “Battle of the Breweries.”
Having first tested the tournament format at their Halifax location, they saw the draw each round had with local beer enthusiasts. Fans came out in droves to support their favourite brewery by enjoying a pint. The Halifax tournament saw rookie entry New Scotland Brewing beat out seasoned veteran PEI Brewing Company.
“The brewery battle gives us a great opportunity to promote our local brewers,” says Hopyard General Manager, Jenn Maxwell. “For an island with a small population, we are really lucky to have such a great group of brewers, each brewery definitely has its diehard fans and we want to give people a chance to support their favourite beers,” she adds.
First rounds for the PEI version of the “Battle of the Breweries” were held in January. In these preliminary heats, PEI Brewing Co. faced off against Montague’s Bogside Brewing, Western PEI’s Moth Lane Brewing took on Copper Bottom, PEI’s newest brewery, Lone Oak was pitted against Summerside’s Evermoore, and finally, Upstreet Craft Brewing battled Rose Valley’s cultural hub, BarNone. Each brewery could bring in four of their beers to be served on tap, a tally is kept for the amount of glasses sold on each side and a winner is declared before the end of the night.
At the time of writing, the first battle saw Bogside Brewing, still revelling after being named Brewery of the Year and Best New Brewery at the 2019 Atlantic Canada Brewing awards, carry that momentum through and beat out PEI Brewing Company by a narrow margin.
After January’s first round, the four victorious breweries will battle it out in the semi-finals held on the first two Thursdays of February—the 6th & 13th. The winners from these two rounds will duke it out for the championship title on Thursday, February 20th. The winner will be crowned Champion Brewery of 2020, and will enjoy the impressive bragging rights this distinction awards. Be sure to stop by and cast your ballot by enjoying a pint (or two!) from your favourite brewery and check out all the Hopyard social media channels to catch the latest brewery battle results.