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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bar Towel: Golden Tap Awards

Cass Enright, the founder of Bar Towel, has recently announced on his website that the voting for the 2008 edition of the Golden Tap Awards is now open for the public's input.

The Golden Tap Awards were founded by Enright six years ago in an effort to recognize the achievements of craft breweries, pubs, and beer in Ontario. There are eight categories for the public to cast a vote in ranging from the best microbrewery in the GTA to the best beer pub in Ontario that's located outside of the GTA.

Unlike other beer awards that are judged by certified beer judges or media personnel, the Golden Tap Awards allow beer drinkers from all walks of life to vote for their favourite Ontario produced craft brew and awards are handed out based on overall numbers. It's a good measuring stick for breweries to see where they stand in the public's perception.

To compliment the general voting, Enright has put together a group of Bar Towel members to be part of an Editor's Circle, a group that will vote on no set categories recognizing significant achievements in the Ontario craft beer industry. This will be the 2nd year for the Editor's Circle. Great Lakes Brewery, Roland and Russell Import Agency, Michael Hancock of Denison's and Volo's Cask Days were all recipients of the inaugural Editor's Circle awards for their outstanding achievements in 2007. There will also be a small craft beer festival featuring Ontario brewers and voting will take place for a 'beer of the festival.'

Voting commenced on July 6th and will run until August 9th, so make sure you visit the website and cast your vote today. The awards will be handed out on August 23rd at Beerbistro with doors opening at 4pm for the 8 o'clock presentation. Last year's event was a huge success with an increase in both voting and turnout for the awards. Admission is free and drink and food tickets can be purchased at the door.

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