The Riot Brewing Co. gang keeps raking in the major awards. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus’ Riot Brewing collects silver honour in Canadian Brewing Awards

Vortex Robust Porter makes the grade with the judges in Halifax

Chemainus’ Riot Brewing Co. has won another major award, this time at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax.

Riot Brewing captured silver in the Porter category for its Vortex Robust Porter, a beer brewed with dark roasted malts that showcases a balanced sweetness with notes of coffee and chocolate.

“We are absolutely blown away,” Morgan Moreira, co-founder of Riot Brewing, marvelled about the award. “We are still coming off of the high of winning two awards at the World Beer Cup and now a silver for the Vortex Robust Porter at the Canadian Brewing Awards. It’s crazy. I’m super proud of all of our staff and what they have accomplished.”

Awards were given in 55 style categories during the Canadian Brewing Awards ceremony Saturday at The Halifax Event Centre.

The Canadian Brewing Awards are the premiere competition for judging the quality of Canadian owned and manufactured beer and ciders. The contest invites breweries and cideries of all sizes from across the country to compete in a blind tasting to determine the winners in a variety of style categories. There were more than 170 entries from 333 breweries and cideries across Canada.

Riot Brewing Co. was conceived in 2009 when Aly Tomlin and Ralf Rosenke hatched the plan of opening a brewery. The idea turned into an epic journey that took seven years to reach fruition.

Although incorporated in 2013, it wasn’t until 2015 after Morgan Moreira joined the Riot family that the brewery moved closer reality. After construction of a custom-made building, equipment was ordered, staff was hired and Riot Brewing Co. opened its doors in November of 2016.

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