Monday, May 14, 2012

Ontario Craft Brewers Win Awards at 2012 World Beer Cup


Toronto, ON

Ontario Breweries Amsterdam, Cameron’s & King Win at Prestigious International “Olympics of Beer”

Three Ontario Craft Brewers grabbed global beer glory in a contest of international brewing excellence, winning awards at the 2012 World Beer Cup® held May 5, 2012 at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego, California.

Amsterdam Brewing Co. of Toronto, Cameron’s Brewing Co. of Oakville and King Brewery of Nobleton each won an award at the 2012 World Beer Cup®. Judges presented a total of 284 awards during the ninth bi-annual competition which boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories.

“Ontario Craft Brewers have long been recognized for brewing excellence and premium quality products, winning hundreds of awards in regional, national and international competitions over the past decade,” says Gary McMullen, Chair, Ontario Craft Brewers and President, Muskoka Brewery. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our members. This achievement speaks to the success of our industry as a whole.”

Amsterdam took a Bronze in the 2012 Fruit Wheat Beer category (28 entries) for its Framboize.
"Our Framboise is an incredibly difficult beer to make from the brewing process and the amount of time we age in fresh raspberries, all the way to filtration and packaging,” says Jamie Mistry, Brewmaster at Amsterdam Brewing Co. Framboise has always had a good following in Ontario, but to be recognized on an international level for this beer is a huge honour."

Cameron’s won a Bronze in the 2012 German-Style Schwarzbier category (40 entries) for its Dark 266. "We are very proud of our win for Cameron's Dark 266,” says Bill Coleman, President & Co-owner, Cameron’s Brewing Co. “This is truly testament to our talented and passionate brewers. We spare no expense and take the time to brew the world's best beer. Stay tuned for more innovation from Cameron's."

King Brewery was awarded Silver for its Dark Lager in the 2012 European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel category (34 Entries). “It’s a great honor to be recognized by such large and prestigious crowd” said Bryan Watts, King Brewery’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. “We are tremendously proud of the efforts of our Brewmaster Phil DiFonzo and his brewery team. To go up against the “best of the best” in the craft beer business and bring home a silver medal clearly demonstrates the team’s passion, hard work, attention to detail and quality.”

The awards ceremony took place during the annual Craft Brewer’s Conference (May 2-5). Over 30 brewers and staff from Ontario breweries attended the three-day craft beer extravaganza. Brewers attended seminars and presentations and networked with craft brewers from around the globe.

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