Wellington Brewery Takes Home 6 Medals at 2015 Ontario Brewing Awards
April 16, 2015
Wellington Brewery took home some serious hardware at the Ontario Brewing Awards gala last week in Toronto winning 6 medals for their craft brewed ales. This year's medal count represents a record haul for the Guelph, Ontario based brewery earning accolades for their celebrated year-round brands as well as a number of specialty small-batch beers.
The Ontario Brewing Awards are an annual celebration of excellence in the Ontario brewing industry, recognizing the best beers in 29 different style categories with everything ranging from blonde lagers to barrel-aged stouts. This year, Wellington was recognized for a wide-range of styles. Imperial Russian Stout took home a Gold Medal in the 'Imperial Stout' category. The brewery cleaned up in the 'Dark Ale' category, winning a Gold for County Dark Ale and a Bronze for Iron Duke. And one of Wellington's original recipes, Arkell Best Bitter earned a Silver Medal in the 'British Pale Ale / Bitter' category.
Wellington Brewery also won medals for two unique small-batch collaborative beers in the popular Welly One-Off Series. Brewed as a collaboration with the Queen Of Craft Women's Beer Series, 2014: A Spice Odyssey took home a Gold medal in the "Flavoured Beer" category. This one-of-a-kind beer was brewed by an all-woman team alongside Wellington brewers to be a 'Spiced Chai Latte Stout'. Another small-batch beer that earned accolades was Farmers' Market Rhubarb Saison which uses rhubarb grown by local farmers and was developed in partnership with the Aberfoyle Farmers' Market last summer. These small-batch beers are a part of the popular Welly One-Off Series which is a selection of unique and experimental small-batch beers released throughout the year and available for a limited time.
Wellington brewmaster Marvin Dyck says, "it's an honour to be recognized for our year-round brands as well as our small-batch beers. I am incredibly proud of each and every person that plays a part in crafting consistent core brands and experimenting with new recipes and ingredients."
This fall, Wellington Brewery marks 30 years of craft brewing, making the Guelph brewery the oldest independently owned craft brewery in Canada. This year is also an exciting time for the brewery, as construction begins on a 12,000 Sq. Ft. addition to their Woodlawn Road brewery in Guelph which will include a much larger brew house and expanded packaging line. This expansion will more than double Wellington's annual brewing capacity, allowing for the brewery to share their award-winning craft beer with more customers across Ontario and beyond.