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I’m Back! (And BC Beer Awards)

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Well, I’m back from Cuba. The beer scene there is basically non-existant, but even so I’ll manage to squeeze a short post out of it later this week for anyone curious about such things.

Also, I will seriously try and get the last instalment of my ongoing Chuck vs Molson series up this week/early next, provided my designated testers don’t take off for the long weekend again (aka don’t bet on it).

In the meantime, though, let’s talk about BC Beer. I don’t think much BC Beer-related happened while I was gone, so there’s not too much to talk about. However, there is a bit of discussion right now about the BC Beer Awards, which were handed out just last week, despite there not being any appropriate city-wide craft beer celebrations at which to stage such an event.

Before we get into it, here are the results.

Some folks are taking issue with the results, and while I do agree that these are perhaps not what I would have picked, I have to say it’s really not that far off. Most of the best beers are represented, including basically everything Driftwood has produced this year (and rightly so), and while my picks for Best in BC on this blog might not be 100% represented, at least most of them do show up in their respective categories.

Perhaps two things I’d take issue with is the absence of Crannog anywhere, and Russell’s Lemon Ale winning, well, anything beyond “Best use of Lemon Pledge in a beer”, but other than that most of these winners make me drool as I remember tasting the listed beers, and that’s a good thing (well, not for my carpets).

It should also be noted that many of these beers are only produced in small lots, and quality control is not 100%, so the beers vary a lot from bottle to bottle (or keg to keg), so we can’t rule out the possibility of an unusually good/bad batch making its way to the judges’ tables. And yes, there were actual judges tasting the entries and rating them, as opposed to a popularity vote, so perhaps my biggest complaint of all was that I was not one of the judges.

Written by chuck

May 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am

Posted in Beer and You

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  1. Crannog can’t win if Crannog doesn’t submit to the competition.

    Dave S.

    17 May 11 at 11:44

  2. I’d wondered if that was the cause, but no one seemed to know for sure.


    17 May 11 at 11:45

  3. Yep. For sure. I was there pouring, there was no Crannog to be found. Plan B on the other hand submitted bottles, but didn’t do the paperwork, similar to what happened with Gary’s Imperial IPA.

    I was surprised by the eventual results as well, but the process was about as fair and democratic as you could make it. The only thing I’d change is opening up categories so that even those with two beers would stand alone, and not be rolled into another category. Singularity vs. Keeper’s Stout isn’t a fair contest, even less so is blackberry porter vs. Oud Bruin

    Dave S.

    17 May 11 at 11:55

  4. Welcome back. I agree with Dave about how some of the beer weren’t catergorized fairly, but I’m with you on the fact that it wasn’t too bad. Well, besides the Lemon Pledge winning an award. haha


    17 May 11 at 13:30

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