Golden Tap Awards 2014 Winners Announced


TORONTO, ON – The winners of the 2014 Golden Tap Awards – representing the best of beer and brewing in Ontario – were announced last night at beerbistro in Toronto. This annual awards event is overseen and organized by Cass Enright, founder of The Bar Towel, a website and forum dedicated to covering and promoting the Ontario craft brewing scene.

The winners, as selected by online voting by the general beer-drinking public, were as follows:

  • Best Microbrewery – Great Lakes Brewery, Toronto
  • Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale – Great Lakes Brewery, Toronto
  • Best Brewpub or Tied House – Bellwoods Brewery, Toronto
  • Best Cidery – West Avenue Cider, Toronto
  • Best Regularly-Produced Beer – Beau’s Lug-Tread Lagered Ale, Vankleek Hill
  • Best Seasonal or Specialty Beer – Great Lakes THRUST! An IPA, Toronto
  • Best Cask Ale – Granite Hopping Mad, Toronto
  • Best Bar for Draught Beer Selection – Bar Hop, Toronto
  • Best Bar for Packaged Beer Selection – Bar Volo, Toronto
  • Best Bar for Cask Ale – Bar Volo, Toronto
  • Best Beer Event in Ontario – Cask Days, Toronto
  • Best Beer Writer – Ben Johnson, Toronto
  • Best Bar Staff – Bar Hop, Toronto
  • Best Newcomer – Side Launch Brewing, Collingwood
  • Most Innovative Brewery in Ontario – Bellwoods Brewery, Toronto
  • Best Packaging Design & Label Artwork – Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, Vankleek Hill

Five Editor’s Circle awards were also handed out, recognizing significant achievements in the Ontario beer industry, as determined by Enright and a panel of Bar Towel members and associates:

And last but not least, brewers from across the province were asked to choose their favourite beer from any other Ontario brewery:

  • Brewmasters’ Choice for Best Beer – Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA, Gravenhurst
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