VanBrewer Awards and it looks like it was a hotly contested event. With a grand prize of $3000, plus having your beer brewed by Russell Brewing it received a lot of attention, with over 320 entries from all across the country.
Congratulations go out to Rick August from Regina Saskatchewan who took first and third overall. His Russian Imperial Stout took the Golden Stag award for Best in Show and will be brewed by Russell Brewing in the near future. Congrats also have to go out to Victoria's own Dave Shaykewich who took home a number of ribbons, including 2nd for Pilsner, 1st and 2nd for English Pale Ale, and 1st and 3rd for Scottish and Irish Ale. For his numerous top beers he received the Home Brewer of the Year award, nice work Dave! The only other person from the Island to hit the ribbons was yours truly, the Basement Brewer, with a 3rd place showing for my Saison du Cornwall in the Belgian and French Ale category. I'm definitely pleased as this was one of the most highly entered categories of the contest. Next up on the home brewing circuit is the Victoria Amateur Brewing Contest, put on by CAMRA, so stay tuned for news as this contest approaches later this month.