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Cheers to the Canadian Brewing Awards Winners!

By Sarah Israel/

The Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAs) took place last night in Hamilton, Ontario! The CBAs are an opportunity for Canadian majority-owned breweries of all sizes to compete in a sanctioned blind tasting to determine the best beers in 61 style categories.

Canadian Brewing Award medals are a widely recognized symbol of Canadian brewing excellence and you may have seen them on display at your favourite brewery. Today, we're raising a glass to all the 2024 winners and highlighting a few cool categories that you should look out for on your next trip to the store.


Brewery of the Year

2024 Winner: Boxing Rock Brewing Company, Nova Scotia

Boxing Rock was founded in 2012 by two engineers with a passion for craft beer. According to local folklore, Boxing Rock is where bickering seafarers were left by their captain to sort out their differences. The choice: box until only one could return to the ship or shake hands and share a beer.  Either way, there are only a few short hours until high tide, so drink up! They're proud to brew their beer on the South Shore of Nova Scotia in beautiful Shelburne.

2023 Winner: Muddy York Brewing Company, Ontario

2022 Winner: Howe Sound Brewing, British Columbia

Boxing Rock Brewing

Best of Show

2024 Winner: Corsaire Dark Mild by Corsaire Microbrasserie, Quebec

Corsaire is more than a brewery: their production facility also houses a pub, a tasting room and a coffee roastery. Their focus is on British beer styles, and the Corsaire Dark Mild stands as a classic example of a British session ale readily suited to sipping over the course of an evening with friends.  

2023 Winner: Dwarf Sour Cherry Sour by Blindman Brewing, Alberta

2022 Winner: Faber Belgian Tripel by Microbrasserie La Souche, Quebec

Intriguing Categories

The CBAs award medals in 61 style categories, which makes for a lot of winners on the podium! Here are a few gold medallists that caught our eye:

European Style Lager (Pilsner): Jupiter by Paniza Brewing, Ontario

No to Low Alcohol Beer: Zero People Skills Ale by Tool Shed Brewing Co., Alberta

Low Alcohol Beer: Mild Sedation Lagered Ale by Long Bay Brewery, New Brunswick

Gluten Free Beer: Quick Witted Belgian Wit by Grey Fox Brewing, British Columbia

Herb and Spice Beer: Lost In the Zone Pt.1 Raspberry Ginger Kettle Sour by Imperial City Brew House, Ontario

Historic/Regional Beers: Range Life Wild Ale by The Establishment Brewing Co., Alberta

Honey/Maple/Alternative Sugar Lager or Ale: Jobsolet Cavalry Soldier Maple Imperial Stout by Obsolete Brewing Co., Manitoba

For the full list of winners, visit the CBA website. Congratulations to all the participating breweries!

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