2011 lagerblogger.ca Beer Awards

Well spring is here, and it is time to look back at the past 12 months of beer and see who the best performers were in 2010/2011.

While not all of the beers below were reviewed this year, they were all tasted at least once.  Many, such as all the GIB (The Mingler) and Okanagan Spring Pale Ale beers were tasted many many many many times, and have proven to maintain their quality extremely well for many many … years.

Other beers, former award winners, have fallen in quality, and are now off our list.

Lastly, if you don’t see a beer you love, please recommend something in the comment section, or tweet us @lagerblogger.

Okay, enough chit chat, here goes:

Best IPA

  1. Phillips Amnesiac Double IPA
  2. GIB Brockton IPA
  3. Bowen Island Artisan IPA
  4. Howe Sound Devil’s Elbow IPA


Best Pale Ale

  1. Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale
  2. Okanagan Spring Pale Ale
  3. GIB English Bay Pale Ale
  4. Bowen Island Extra Pale Ale


Best Lager

  1. Lighthouse Fisgard 150
  2. Okanagan Spring 1516
  3. Phillips Phoenix Gold Lager
  4. GIB Island Lager


Best Winter Ale

  1. GIB Lions Winter Ale
  2. Lighthouse Winter Ale
  3. Tree Brewing Vertical Winter Ale


Best Flavoured Beer


  1. Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter


Best Hef

  1. Okanagan Spring Hefeweizen


Best Dark Beer

  1. Tin Whistle Black Widow Mild Ale
  2. Okanagan Spring Brewmaster’s Dark Lager
  3. Nelson Brewing After Dark Delightfully delicious ale
  4. Vancouver Island Brewing Hermann’s Dark Lager


Worst Beer (Sorry)

  1. Dead Frog Brewing Pepper Lime Lager*
  2. Phillips Gentleman Jim’s Real Ginger Ale
  3. Howe Sound Brewing Father John’s Winter Ale

*this beer was so offensive that I didn’t have the heart to publish the review.


Best Sampler Cases

  1. Vancouver Island Brewing “Pod Pack”
  2. Granville Island Brewing “The Mingler”





2009 World LagerBlogger Beer Awards

As the summer nears, it is nearly time to start tasting again, but first I would like to acknowledge my best and fairest for 2009:

BEST BREWERY: Nelson Brewing, Nelson British Columbia

  • By providing consistently great beer and setting an example for other breweries, but using only organic ingredients, Nelson Brewery has earned the title of Best Brewery of 2009.

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

BEST HEFEWEIZEN: Nelson Liplock Hefeweizen

  • Of the three tasted, Nelson had the best head, the best taste and the best name.

Best Hefeweizen, Nelson Liplock

BEST LAGER: Pacific Western Brewing Natureland Organic Lager

  • This is probably the best kept secret in BC. Of course, I feel better drinking organic beer, so It is easier to rate it favourably.

Best Lager; Natureland Organic Lager

BEST HONEY LAGER: Granville Island Honey Lager

  • I don’t know the difference between a regular lager and a honey lager, but this one got a 5/5, and would have won either way.

Best Honey Lager: Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

  • I gave this beer 100% for craftsmanship, freshness, and personal taste. I don’t know what else to say, it kicked ass!!

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

Best India Pale Ale: Nelson Brewing “PaddyWhack” IPA

  • Flavourful and well balanced, this is the top IPA for 2009

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

Best Pilsner: Weihenstephaner Pilsner

  • This beer could have taken on a lot stiffer competition than it did, it won hands down!!

Best Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Pilsner