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

Little Creatures Pilsner, Fremantle, Australia

Whatever you do, don't drink this beer!!!

Little Creatures Brewery, Fremantle, Australia


I can’t believe I am wasting my time even writing about this terrible stuff.

  • Appearance, Straw Medium Clarity
  • Poor Head.  The bartender actually shook the glass to give it head before he served it.  That doesn’t say much about the brewery staff.
  • Bread Aroma 4/5 intensity, sharp (4/5), Neutral Impression.
  • Flavour is corn/chemical with a 3/5 intensity, sharp, overall impression 3/5
  • Slick mouthfeel, watery, carbonation 2/5
  • Length, 2/5, intensity 3/5 Balance, medium bitter.
  • Craftsmanship, 1/5, Freshness 2/5, Personal taste 0/5

This stuff is boring, and gross.  I actually broke my rule, and didn’t drink it.   The chemical taste is all too common in an Australian beer.

This is “piss.”


Weihenstephaner Pilsner

I am at Lamonts Restaurant alongside the river in Beautiful Perth, Western Australia.

They have a great selection of international beers, and I have selected Weihenstephaner Pilsner.

I had never heard of it, but it’s not because they are new. I was shocked to see the words “since 1040” proudly displayed on the label.

To think that they have been brewing beer for nearly 1000 years!

The waiter poured the beer perfectly into a slender glass with a perfect head, mentioning to me that it went great with Asian dishes.

The beer itself is a straw-gold colour. The aroma is flowery and slightly sharp, with a creamy mouthfeel, and slightly bitter flavour. The finish is also slightly bitter and short.

There were nice rings left on my glass, a sign of a nicely crafted beer.

It is a perfect situation, great company, a stormy sunset along the water, and a great beer from the other side of the world, handled with pride.