Chemainus’ Riot Brewing Co. claimed a gold and a bronze award in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.
Awards were given in 101 categories during the award ceremony Thursday at Music City Center in Nashville, TN.
Riot Brewing received a gold award in the English Style Dark Mild Ale beer category for its Working Class Hero Dark Mild, a beer brewed with chocolate and crystal malts that showcases roasted notes of chocolate and coffee. The ale is low in alcohol and light in flavour.
Riot also received a bronze award for the Coffee Beer style category for its Breakfast of Champions Coffee Lager, a crisp and clean lager that has been infused with coffee from Colombia produced by Drumroaster Coffee in Cobble Hill.
Riot’s microbrewery specializes in true-to-style, flavourful craft beers. It’s the only Vancouver Island brewery to
win an award, and the lone Canadian brewery to claim two awards in the World Beer Cup.
“We’re absolutely stoked, speaking politely, to win gold for our Working Class Hero Dark Mild, and bronze for
our Breakfast of Champions Coffee Lager, the result of some serious hard work from our incredible team,” said
Aly Tomlin, co-owner.
“BC’s beer scene is growing and we’re proud to be part of the success of our industry, especially on an international scale.”
The World Beer Cup is widely regarded as the Olympics of Beer and winners were selected by an international panel of 295 beer judges from 33 countries. The competition was the largest to date with 8,234 entries from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries.