Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ontario Craft Brewers Congratulate Winners of OCB Centre of Excellence Awards

Toronto, ON

Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) are pleased to announce the winners of the OCB Centre of Excellence Awards, presented last evening at a special ceremony and beer dinner at Amsterdam BrewHouse by the Lake in Toronto. The awards took place following OCB's annual one-day industry conference held at the Allstream Centre in Toronto and attended by over 300 brewing industry professionals, suppliers and stakeholders.

"The Centre of Excellence Awards, also known as the "Industry Choice Awards", are an opportunity for the craft brewing community - and its fans - to nominate and celebrate - the good work of their beer heroes," said Bill Coleman, President of Cameron's Brewing Co. and Master of Ceremonies for the day-long event.

The goal of the industry awards is to recognize examples of excellence among small, medium and large organizations that drive the craft brewing industry at the local, regional, national or international level. Initial nominations were pared down to the top three nominees per category and final voting took place online.

Below is the list of winners in the six categories of recognition:

Product Quality & Process Innovation: Steam Whistle Brewing

Marketing Innovation: Toronto Festival of Beer

Education Leadership: Kevin Somerville, Oast House Brewers

Food and Beer Matching Development: Bill White, Better with Beer

Sustainability Accomplishments: Steam Whistle Brewing

Community Building: WinterBrewed, outdoor beer festival, Ottawa

The winners received a specially mounted tap handle award sponsored by Canadian Beverage Supply Inc.
 
There were 65 nominees throughout the industry - from brewers, to brewery owners, production people, sales staff and certified beer experts. OCB also wishes to congratulate the top three nominees in each category:
Product Quality & Process Innovation: Steam Whistle Brewing; Muskoka Brewery; and, Old Credit Brewing Co.

Marketing Innovation: Toronto Festival of Beer; Steve Beauchesne; and, JP Fournier/Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. for WinterBrewed Festival.

Education Leadership: Kevin Somerville; Oast House Brewers; Jon Downing, Niagara College; and, Prud'homme Beer Certification.

Food and Beer Matching Development: Bill White, Better with Beer; Jordan St. John, Beer Writer; and, Amsterdam Brewery.

Sustainability Accomplishments: Steam Whistle Brewing; Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.; and, Gananoque Brewing.

Community Building: WinterBrewed, outdoor beer festival, Ottawa; Beau's Oktoberfest; and, Mill Street Brewery.

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