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

Nelson Brewing Paddywhack IPA

So, we did take a short break, had dinner, but the sun is still shining as it does in June, until about 10pm in Vancouver.
My “G-score” is 6 (that means this beer is my 6th beer of the day), but I have still made some sensible analysis of this brew.
The city of Nelson hits a soft spot in my heart because I went to the BC winter games there in about 1988 and played hockey when I was 16 years old. It was the first time I drank beers with the guys on a hillside park we christened “booze point.” There is a house there now.
Some lucky bastard owns that house! I bet he owns Nelson Brewery too!!
Anyway, This beer is dark brown in colour, and the label warns you that it is going to hit you in the face with a flavour shovel!
The head was persistent and it had just the slightest bit of cloudiness.
The aroma was on the strong side, 4/5, and sharp. It is a sweet, herbal smell…I noted the following on my note pad: “Smells pretty good, y’know.”
The flavour was strong and quite bitter, but on the nice side.
Apparently they are called India Pale Ales (or IPA’s) because they put more hops in them, to act as a natural preservative when they shipped it to India. People always like to drink it with curries, but I honestly don’t like it with curry. I guess it would depend on the type of IPA, and the type of curry, but usually I prefer a lager when I eat curry.
The body was creamy and drying, and full. It tingled in my mouth. The carbonation was a little on the excessive side.
The finish was long, I gave it a 6/5 (which doesn’t make sense, but that’s the G-score talking). The intensity was 3.7/5 and a little on the bitter side.
Overall, I was very lenient on this beer, because it has great head, good aroma, and tasted very fresh, and last but most importantly, it has 6.5% alcohol. This beer was in good nick, and they obviously have a knack for making beer!
But I can only drink one of these at a time, it has a real edge.