Kelowna beer surfs into top spot

Locally brewed ‘Big Surf Lager’ took top spot in the 2013 BC Beer Awards in the Session Lager category, October 19 in Vancouver.

The BC Beer Awards celebrate the very best in craft beer brewed in British Columbia every year.

“It feels spectacular, it’s great for the brand, it’s great for the city and sort of shows the merit for the respective beer that we are selling,” says Dan Allen President of Big Surf Brew Company.

Judges, including certified beer judges, cicerones, sommeliers, journalists, as well as noted beer and food lovers, took in over 400 unique entries from over 35 BC breweries and brewpubs.

“You know our marketing motto has always been ‘great beer and a great price’ and this indicates the great beer aspect. We have had the great price part sown up but winning the number one session lager in a blind taste panel among a host of other applicants truly speaks to the fact that we have great quality beer,” adds Allen.

Another top Kelowna brew house got some notice as well.

Tree Brewing got 2nd place in the Pilsner category with their Kelowna Pilsner as well as taking 3rd place in the Special Lager category for their Captivator Doppelbocka and they nabbed 2nd place in the Scottish/Irish category for their Groove Session Ale

The overall mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to celebrate excellent beer, judging each hand-produced, artisanal beverage on its own merits. 

Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers say they are keen to help honour.

For a full list of this year’s winners click here.

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