Cover image courtesy of BC Beer Awards
The 2017 BC Beer Awards are right around the corner (tomorrow!) and I couldn’t be more excited. This year will be the first time that Luke and I have attended the awards. I’m stoked to nerd out with fellow media, brewery and cidery staff, and other attendees about all things B.C. craft beer. And of course, I’m very interested to see what breweries take home the numerous awards that are up for grabs.
Last year the breweries pouring at the awards were asked to brew their take on the Mild Ale. This year is the #yearofthesmash so breweries have been challenged to create a single malt, single hop beer. I can’t wait to sample the SMaSH brews to see what each brewery comes up with!
This year, the BC Beer Awards have added a creative industry awards section to the lineup. With digital media being essential to the success of businesses today, this addition is a no-brainer to me. There’s also a number of awards that celebrate packaging. It seems that label design has really taken off lately as brewery’s try and find creative ways to help their beers stand out on shelves. This is a great way to spotlight the hard working graphic designers and creative agencies that continue to come up with unique and innovative designs. Another cool aspect of the creative industry awards are that each is presented by a company directly related to the award! The new creative awards include:
- Best Beer Can Design (Presented by West Coast Canning)
- Best Beer Bottle Design (Presented by Great Little Box Co)
- Best Packaging – Boxes and Carriers ( Presented by Great Little Box Co)
- Best Tap Handle (Presented by Smooth Edge Design)
- Best Website (Presented by My Zone Media)
- Best Social Media Presence (Presented by Agency Media)
- Innovator of the Year (Presented by Newlands)
To gain some insight into the BC Beer Awards and the current state of the craft beer industry in BC, I sent through a few questions to the awards team. Chester Carey, Founder and Director of the BC Beer Awards, was kind enough to provide his perspective:
Thanks again to Chester for providing his perspective. I hope to see you fellow craft beer fans tomorrow at the awards. There should be a buzz in the air as tickets are completely sold out!
Words & Photos: Chris
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