Sunday, May 26, 2024

Maritime Brewers Bring Home 23 Medals and Brewery of the Year at 2024 Canadian Brewing Awards

The 2024 Canadian Brewing Awards occurred this past week end in Hamilton Ontario with the Gala happening Saturday night to had out the awards for the best beers in Canada. 

This year over 1,800 beers were entered from across Canada in 61 categories with the most-entered category being Category 38 - New England Style India Pale Ale. 

From the 61 gold medal winners Best of Show or "Beer of the Year" was Corsaire Dark Mild from Corsaire Microbrasserie of Quebec.

The award for Brewery of the Year went to Nova Scotia's own Boxing Rock Brewing who won the most awards with three gold medals. 

The breweries in Nova Scotia brought home twelve medals including five gold, five silver and two bronze. Boxing Rock Brewing took an impressive three gold for their IPA, Puck Off and Temptation Red Ale before their Brewery of the year honours. Tanner & Co Brewing won a gold for their Belgian Blonde and silver for their Wheat. Tatamagouche Brewing delivered a pair silvers for their Two Rivers Baltic Porter and Arvo. Newcomer The Brewery By Quinn's took a silver for Tommy' Tipple and a bronze for Meltdown Manor DIPA. Finally, Schoolhouse Brewing scored a gold for Vice Principal, Garrison Brewing took silver for Ol' Fog Burner and Saltbox Brewing achieved bronze for Old Foundry Stout. 

Moving to New Brunswick breweries, six breweries took seven medals. Grimross Brewing achieved a gold and silver for Diggin' Oat Stout and Maritime IPA respectively. Two breweries won gold to round out the top awards for the province, Tire Shack Brewing for its Tiki Bar and Long Bay Brewing for Mild Sedation. Foghorn Brewing was awarded silver for Irish Goodbye, Trailway Brewing attained bronze for Fetch Lager and Novum Boreas also got bronze for their S'more Noir. 

Lastly to the red dirt island of PEI, four breweries took a medal each. Bogside Brewing got a silver for Proper Pub Ale and Libra Beverage, Copper Bottom Brewing and PEI Brewing all won bronze for Libra Pale Ale, Eclipse and Beach Chair Lager respectively.

It was an outstanding showing again from our Maritime breweries. For a list of all the winners go here

Friday, September 24, 2021

Maritime Brewers take 14 awards at 2021 Canadian Brewing Awards

The 2021 Canadian Brewing Awards took place in Quebec City on September 18th and 165 awards were handed out. Maritime breweries collected 14 awards, with 4 each going to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and 6 to New Brunswick. The hardware brought home was by mainstays and newcomers. A full list can be found here and the Maritime winners are listed below.

Prince Edward Island

For North American Style Pale Ale the Gold was given to Broadside from Copper Bottom Brewing. They also took Gold in American Style Imperial India Pale Ale for Parkman Ave. In addition Copper Bottom won a Bronze in the Oatmeal Stout category for Ken's Stout. 

Rounding up PEI newcomer Modern Brewer’s Village Green took a Bronze in the Belgian-Style Tripel with Tripel.

New Brunswick 

Fredericton's Grimross Brewing took three Bronze awards with Baltic Porter, Cheval D'or in the French and Belgian Style Saison category and Maritime Cream Ale in the Cream Ale category.

In the North American Style Amber/Red Ale category Havre St-Pierre - American Amber Ale from Four Rivers Brewing took Bronze. 

Moosehead Breweries took a Bronze for Grapefruit Radler in Fruit Beer. 

The lone Gold for N.B. was for the multi-award winner  Barram from Brasseux d'la Cote for Wheat Beer - North American Style.

Nova Scotia 

The four awards in Nova Scotia were divided between different breweries. North Shore's Tatamagouche Brewing won a Bronze for Giantess Barley Wine.

In the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category Deja Moo! earned a Silver for Garrison Brewing.

In the tough New England Style India Pale Ale category a Silver went to Galaxy IPA  from Propeller Brewing Company

Lastly a Gold in Smoked Beer was taken by Uncle Leo's Smoked Porter by Uncle Leo's Brewery.

Friday, March 12, 2021


(Lunenburg, NS) - Saltbox Brewery has been approved to make and distribute an official  commemorative ale to mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the historic schooner.

“We are delighted to work in conjunction with the Bluenose 100 Committee”. said Andrew Tanner, Founding Partner and Vice President of Marketing for Saltbox. “Our Brewery is known for it’s strong commitment to local lore and community outreach and we can think of nothing more exciting for us than to be part of this celebration of excellence”.

Current plans are to have the commemorative cans available to the public by late March.

Tanner also said that negotiations are well advanced to have the cans in the NSLC this summer and Saltbox would be supplementing this effort with distribution of it’s own. In keeping with its’ long-standing practice of financial support for local endeavours, Tanner said that a portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Bluenose Heritage Trust. Previously, Saltbox has used its Lumberjack Ale to support the Junior Hockey team, its Dory Racer to support International Dory Racing, and recently donated to the fund-raising efforts at Health Services Foundation of the South Shore using proceeds from its Essential IPA. This spring it plans a co-brew with a portion of the proceeds going to Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation.

Nicknamed the Queen of the North Atlantic, Bluenose rose to global fame as undefeated champion of the international fishermen’s races. The age of sail was well past when Bluenose was sold to the West Indies Trading Company and then wrecked off the coast of Haiti in 1946. In 1937 artist Emanuel Hahn’s sculptured profile of the ship was stamped on the Canadian dime and the ship still decorates that coin today.