What a week it was last week for us and the Toronto/Canadian Craft Beer scene overall. So many events, parties, tastings, people and beer… it was like a dream come true. We think it’s about time to sit back, reflect, and recap all the things that went on (good thing we have pictures because the memory is a little fuzzy in spots).
We started off the week with Toronto Beer Week - the first one ever - and it was definitely a success. Amsterdam took on the lead sponsorship position for the first ever Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Competition… and what a competition it was. With over 100 entries we were treated to some very interesting and tasty brews. From stouts to lagers, barleywines to English style IPAs, almost every type of beer was represented. This competition could see some significant growth at next year’s Beer Week and that makes us excited. As the lead sponsor, Amsterdam offered a grand prize of commercially brewing the Homebrew Champion’s beer which will be released in our onsite retail store. This year, Kyle Teichert’s Smoked Porter was selected as the winner. Congrats Kyle!
In 2nd place was Reed’s Old English Barleywine and in 3rd place came Ctrl Atl Delete.
Here is a list of all the category winners. Fantastic beers by everyone. Keep up the homebrewing!
Amber Hybrids - Ctrl Alt Delete
American Ambers - Red Headed Steep Child
American IPA - Hopocalypse
American Pale Ale - Teichtbier Pale Ale
Belgian Ales - Tall Dark and Belgian
English Pale Ales - DJS ESB
Imperial IPA - Imperial IPA
Imperial Stout - Canadian Imperial Maple Stout
Lager - 3rd and Goal
Light Hybrid Beer - Caramel Cream Ale
Old Ales and Barleywines - Reed’s Old English Barleywine
Smoked / Herb / Vegetable - Smoked Porter
Specialty and Cider - Moroccan Imperial Brown Ale
Stouts and Porters - Bufords Best Corkscrew Stout
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Homebrew Competition entries.
Judging the brew.
Our second big event of the week was the release of our seasonal brew, Oktoberfest - a traditional style Rauchbier brewed with beechwood smoked malt. We threw a party at the brewery, called ‘Oktubafest’, to celebrate the fall brewing season and the arrival of this beer. Caplansky’s joined us to serve up some smoked meat sandwiches and we made it a legitimate German affair with sausages, Oompah music and smoked cheese. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Oktubafest photo credits go to Hamish Grant
Ladies and brewmaster Jamie serving our new seasonal brew
Rounding out the week, the Amsterdam Crew made an appearance at the 8th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards, and to celebrate the fall season again, some us rocked it with Lederhosen. 76 Canadian breweries submitted 390 different beers for judging making this year the largest brewing competition ever held in Canada. We had our best showing at the awards yet and walked away with 4 medals:
Gold Medal - KLB Pale Ale
Silver Medal - Amsterdam Two Fisted Stout and Spring Bock
Bronze Medal - Natural Blonde Lager
Amsterdam Crew at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards
Thanks to everyone who supported us last week and we’ll see you all soon!
The Amster’Dam Good People