Co-owner Bill Beekman, left, head brewer Octavio Pauley and co-owner Adam Nachbaur at the Snake Lake Brewing Company in Sylvan Lake. The team has won two golds at the Canadian Brewing Awards this year. Contributed photo

Awards brewing: Central Alberta breweries win at national level

Snake Lake Brewing Company, Blindman Brewing and Hawk Tail Brewey win awards

Next time you’re shopping for beer, try these award-winning products.

Over the weekend, the Canadian Brewing Awards announced the 2020 winners virtually and three central Alberta Breweries were on the list.

Snake Lake Brewing Company won two golds in the European Style Lager (Pilsner) and North American Style – Amber/Red Ale category.

Kinabik Pilsner is a clear beer with a singular flavour profile, said Adam Nachbaur, co-owner of Snake Lake Brewing Company in Sylvan Lake.

“Its crisp, clear, a nice easy lager.”

Kinabik Pilsner also received gold at the Alberta Beer Awards earlier this year.

Varsity Hall Red Ale is a West-Coast style red ale, he said.

“The finish of the beer is light, and you get that little bit of hops taste in the end, rather than being a malt-finishing beer, and it stands out in a lineup because of the way it’s brewed,” Nachbaur said, crediting head brewer Octavio Pauley for his efforts.

“Octavio is an artist. He knows styles, what’s on trend, what ingredients go with other ingredients, because there’s so many varieties of hops and barley and grain available, and he is absolutely incredible at pairing those ingredients up to make something always special,” said Nachbaur.

Blindman Brewing won silver for its Cascadian Dark Ale in the American Style Black Ale category. The Perepllut Barley Wine also won a silver in the Barley Wine-Style Ale – English/American Style category.

The Dwarf Sour Cherry Saison won bronze for the Lacombe brewery in the Fruit/Fruit Wheat/Field/Pumpkin Beer category.

Hawk Tail Lemon Kyeik Sour of the Hawk Tail Brewery in Rimbey won bronze in the American Style Sour Ale category.

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