The BC Beer Awards and Festival released its official 2019 collaboration brew this week in celebration of its 10th annual event, taking place this Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.
Last year’s BCBA award winners 33 Acres Brewing (Brewery of the Year) and Sooke Brewing Co. (Rookie of the Year) teamed up with collaboration-focused BREWHALL, to create a tropical brut IPA as this year’s official beer of the 2019 BC Beer Awards. Proceeds from this beer will fund a grant for students of Simon Fraser University’s Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program, aptly named “BC Beer Awards Starter Kit.” In keeping with the academic theme of the collaboration series, this year’s beer is called Honour Roll to commemorate 10 years of celebrating B.C.’s best in class beers.
The tropical brut IPA is brewed with German pilsner malt, and Wakatu and Amarillo hops for a fresh and fruity beer with a refreshingly dry and spritzy finish that sits at 6.5% ABV and 26 IBU. The beer will be on tap at the 2019 BC Beer Awards, 33 Acres Brewing, Sooke Brewing Co. and BREWHALL. A select few locations around Vancouver will also be pouring Honour Roll, including Tap & Barrel Olympic Village, Tap & Barrel Convention Centre, Tap & Barrel Shipyards, 33 Acres Brewing, Sooke Brewing Co, BREWHALL, 12 Kings Pub, Darby’s Kits, Malone’s, Red Racer Taphouse Beatty, Timber and St. Augustine’s.
In partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Craft Brewing Essentials program, the proceeds of the tropical brut IPA will help fund the “The BC Beer Awards Starter Kit” grant, with $3,700 in tuition funding for a new student entering the program.
“The BC Beer Awards recognizes the hard work and passion that their peers in the beer industry demonstrate day to day, and want to provide an opportunity for a deserving student to become involved in this community,” the organization stated in a press release on Wednesday.
The sold-out 2019 BC Beer Awards & Festival takes place this Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) in Vancouver, from 4-9 p.m. VIP Awards Hour takes place from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.