Fernie Brewing Company wins big

Fernie Brewing Company has won several awards over the last few months.  - N. Obre
Fernie Brewing Company has won several awards over the last few months.
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It's been a busy, and successful, last few months for Fernie Brewing Company. The local brewmasters have been honoured with several awards from many different organizations and festivals.

At the Canadian Brewing Awards held in May, Fernie Brewing took home a couple of silver medals for two of their most popular seasonal products: their Sap Sucker Maple Porter in the honey/maple category and the organic Pumpkin Head Brown Ale in the fruit beer category.

The team at Fernie Brewing Company is excited to have made their mark at the prestigious awards.

“It’s fantastic. It’s the largest beer awards in the country and to be recognized year after year, with both new and returning products means a lot,” remarked Abi Moore, office manager and marketing for Fernie Brewing Company. “B.C. as a whole is a very competitive craft beer market and did fantastically well this year.”

“Our Sap Sucker Maple Porter won gold in 2011, and took silver this time, sandwiched between two fellow B.C. breweries – Cannery Brewing and Parrallel 49 – which was great to see,” she added. “The Pumpkin Head Brown Ale has been a very popular limited release fall seasonal for a few years now, so seeing it step up to take silver in a strong and broad creative category was excellent.”

The company's latest summer session brew is also gaining recognition. Project 9 Pils (P9), named after a popular local bike trail, won the People's Choice Award at the Okanagan Fest of Ale and took home a silver medal at Calgary's recent BeerFest.

“P9 has been the answer to many a consumer’s question,” said Moore. “We’ve in the past brewed a lager, a blonde ale and now we are sticking with a pilsner - a popular style of product enjoyed by many, and with the added bonus of a bike theme. It is very Fernie.”

Project 9 Pils launched in April, just in time for summer and bike season, but the brewing company hopes it will be successful as a year round product. Also recently launched for the summer is the Kickstand Honey Kolsch, available until October.

Fernie Brewing Company is in the process of redesigning their cans and bottles. Keep an eye out for their fresh looking products on the shelves this fall.


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