Richmond’s three breweries, Fuggles and Warlock, Britannia Brewing and Monkey 9 Brewing all walked away with prizes from the 2018 BC Beer Awards last weekend.
This year saw the largest awards ever, with 1085 entries from 109 breweries across the province.
Fuggles and Warlock received third place in the speciality IPA category for Magical Musicians and Musical Magicians. A collaborative brew with Louisville, Kentucky’s Against the Grain Brewery, the beer is described as a “double dry-hopped witbier with lemongrass” and features “Citra and Amarillo hops for a hoppy, citric and zesty hop creaminess and a hint of lemongrass citrus. It's like a witbier meets a white IPA.”
Monkey 9 also snagged a third place in the North American amber and brown ale category with its James Brown Ale. The brewery describes this beer as having “notes of chocolate and biscuit. Lightly hopped with Willamette and Fuggles hops.”
Finally, Britannia Brewing took home two prizes, a second place in the UK pale ale for its Adrift Blonde Ale. On its website, Britannia says their blonde ale is “inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale.”
The Steveston brewery also won third place in the UK brown ale category for its Ashore Porter, which the brewery describes as “a twist on the traditional brown style Porter, a portion of malted Rye is added which gives a spicy finish, chocolate flavors with hints of nuts and lightly roasted coffee make this a sessionable dark ale.”
The BC Beer Awards is an annual competition with prizes awarded in over 30 categories. Judging took place over three days and was performed by judges from all over North America.