Each year the Canadian Brewing Awards brings together breweries from all corners of our vast nation. No matter the size and reach of each individual brewery, these awards aim to highlight the best of the best in the Canadian beer scene. As one would expect, the 2020 awards ceremony was not the typical gathering of bearded overall wearers, but rather a Zoom meeting with an elevated alcohol blood concentration.
Though only making up a small percentage of the brewing industry in Canada, Island brewers often come in amongst the top, with beers brewed here on PEI taking home awards each year. This year five of the awards were handed out to Island brewers. Best of all, most of these beers are available for purchase at PEI Liquor Stores.
The town of Montague will now be home to three medals from the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards, as both Bogside Brewing and Copper Bottom Brewing each took home some hardware. Bogside Brewing managed to secure a pair of silver medals, both showing the aptitude Head Brewer Mark Patriquin has at creating German influenced Ales. Having studied brewing in Berlin, Patriquin’s applied knowledge allowed Bogside Brewing to win the German Style Kölsch category with Lighthorse Lagered Ale as well as the German Style Wheat Beer category with Wheat Kings County. It should be noted that Wheat Kings County is only available for purchase directly from Bogside, either pick-up or delivery.
Just across the bridge at Copper Bottom, you can find a beer that picked up another silver Medal, with the Parkman Ave Double IPA. Named after the street where the brewery is located, Parkman Ave delivers a hoppy punch balanced by the strength of a malt backbone. Often seen as one of the best Double IPAs in the Maritimes, now Copper Bottom can proudly say it is one of the Best Double IPAs in Canada.
Back in Charlottetown, the PEI Brewing Company brought home two awards to join the ever growing collection they have been amassing over the last decade. The 2020 awards saw Beach Chair Lager take home the distinction of silver in the North American Style Premium Lager and the Setting Day Saison took home a bronze in the Session Ale category.
Not only did our Island brewers show their prowess at brewing excellent beer, but the diversity in styles that received recognition shows how incredible our little community of brewers really is. From approachable beers with subtle characteristics, to complex yeast profiles, to refined hoppy ales, Prince Edward Island certainly has one of the greatest brewing communities in Canada.