Canadian breweries were well represented at the awards which included breweries from Vermont to Vietnam sending in more than 6,000 beers that represented more than 100 different styles.
The competition included professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers, with judges from England, Canada and the United States.
Key successes saw Cameron’s Brewing of Oakville, Ontario named one of the Top 10 Breweries 2017. Amsterdam Brewing Co of Toronto won Silver in the American Light category for its 3 Speed while Nickel Brook Brewing Co of Burlington won Gold in the American Style Fruit Beer category for its Raspberry Uber.
Muskoka Brewery of Bracebridge won Bronze in the Oatmeal Stout category for its Shinnicked Stout.
Looking at North America, Cherry Street Brewing Co-op of Cumming, GA was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals. Its three gold-medal-winning beers were O.A.S.I.S Imperial Stout, Ta Ta Pilsner and Damebier Maple Strong Ale.
Located in Cumming’s Vickery Village, in partnership with Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar, Cherry Street began as a homebrew club in Fort Collins, CO until Georgia native Nick Tanner returned to his home state. Its name comes from the street in Fort Collins where the initial homebrew club met and brewed.
The brewery established its identity by applying cooperative ideals to everyday life, focused on education, community, and sustainability. Black Tooth Brewing from Sheridan, WY placed second by winning 3 gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal.
Their gold medals were awarded to their Black Eagle Porter, Hot Streak IPA and Caught Looking Ale. Lynnwood Brewing Concern out of Raleigh, NC took home third by winning 3 gold medals and 1 bronze. Their gold medals were for their Hop Sauce IPA, Once You Go Black Ale and Hop on Top Strong Pale Ale.