Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAs) took place last weekend, over two days, and it was the largest competition in Canada to date. Over 390 beers were submitted by 76 Canadian breweries and the winners will be announced next Friday at the CBA gala.
TAPS Media, my employer, operates the awards, which eats up a lot of time in preparation. We had some great judges who were very dedicated to the two days and some great volunteers who helped wash glasses, ran beer trays to tables and helped with the tabulation of the scores.
I have been part of the CBAs for four years now (official pourer) and I can honestly say that the quality of beer produced in this country is terrific, and evolving at a healthy pace. I can remember the submissions from three years ago and last weekend's judging proved that much has changed in only a matter of years. Styles that weren't around in Canada three years ago, Kolsch for example, had numerous entries this year, as did Imperial IPAs and Kellerbiers. It was great to see.
Where am I going with this? Oh yes, when the office lights turn off for the night my attention turns to Toronto Beer Week, where as most of you know I sit on the Executive Committee, and let me tell you - It's a lot of work. We have been thrilled with the amount of events that have poured into our inbox. 99% of them have been posted on the TBW website (more posted this morning and listed here), and we expect just a few more to trickle in last minute.
Also, the response for the TBW Homebrew Competition has been phenomenal! We are going to hit 100 entries! 100. A group of us our getting together this weekend (between all the festivities that barVolo has planned with Dieu du Ciel) to start the judging. We never expected that the competition would be this successful, so we are extremely thrilled.
Anyway, head over to the TBW website and click on events. We have 120 events listed as of today at locals all over the city!!