The Collingwood Brewery was well represented last Saturday at the 14th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards, taking home three awards: two silvers and a bronze. Over 200 breweries from across Canada competed in 41 categories, entering 1,235 different beers in Canada's largest brewing competition. The small town brewery was humbled by the awards.
"We didn't know what to expect when submitting for the awards. This is our first year, so we were happy just to be able to participate in the event. We never anticipated winning and award," said Chris Freeman, Head Brewer and General Manager for The Collingwood Brewery.
Since the brewery opened in May of 2014, locals and craft beer enthusiasts have sought out this new brewery for their flagship beer, Downhill Pale Ale. Upon entering the brewery, patrons have been pleased to see a solid line up of well-crafted ales and lagers, with a focus on making styles of beer that are well balanced and non-pretentious.
In the English Pale Ale/Bitter Category, Fireside Extra Special Bitter took home the silver medal, while the Saison took home a silver in the French and Belgian Style Saison category. The locally inspired 2014 Vintage Ale took home the Bronze in the Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale. This beer was released in October 2014 using Big Head hops from Meaford and honey produced in the Beaver Valley.
"The community support in Collingwood is amazing! While there are many excited tourists that come by, we have regulars we see weekly who have been supporters since day one. As a small, start-up brewery, these awards are something we never expected. We are proud to be part of an amazing, talented community of local brewers here in Collingwood," Freeman said when speaking about the overall experience of opening up the brewery.