Hamilton breweries with five medals at Canadian Brewing Awards; Durham, Niagara two each

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Published May 29, 2024 at 8:45 am

Clifford Brewing, Hamilton
Brad Clifford of east Hamilton's Clifford Brewing. Photo Don Redmond

Hamilton’s Clifford Brewing earned two medals – including one gold – on their home court at the 2024 Canadian Brewing Awards, held May 23-25 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

The east Hamilton brewery, no stranger to winning awards at both the Canadian and Ontario brewing awards, won the judge’s favour in the European-style Amber Ale category to take the gold medal for their Chain Link Vienna Lager.

Clifford also earned a bronze in the Belgian-style Abbey Ale category for Marigold Belgian Golden Ale.

Fellow Hamilton brewery Merit was also doubly honoured, taking silver (Belgian-style Brett Beer) for Wild Years and bronze (Experimental Beer) for Happy Place.

Blackbird Kitchen and Brewery of Ancaster earned a bronze for its West Coast Pale Ale, giving Hamilton breweries a total of five medals at the annual event, which has celebrated the best of Canadian beer and brewing since 2000.

This year 1,800 beers were entered in 61 categories.

Niagara brewers did well as well, with Bench Brewing capturing gold in the North American-style Lager category for Lincoln Lager and St. Catharine’s Merchant Ale House earning bronze (Wood & Barrell-aged Strong Beer) for Skullkrusher.

Two Durham Region breweries were also honoured, including Slabtown Brewery of Uxbridge – which only added beer to their cider repertoire last year – which earned a bronze for their Blonde Ale (North American-style Blonde/Golden Ale); and Old Flame of Port Perry, which scored a bronze in the Kellerbier category for their Hazy Blonde.

The Best in Show was awarded to Corsaire Microbrassiere (Quebec) for Corsaire Dark Mild, while Boxing Rock Brewery of Nova Scotia earned Brewery of the Year honours.

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