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Red Racer IPA, Central City
Surrey, B.C.

This award-winning IPA, launched in 2003, is already dubbed a “classic” in B.C.’s craft brewing scene. Clocking in high on the bitterness scale, its one-two citrus and pine punch make it a hophead favourite. (6.5% ABV)
Half Pints,
Little Scrapper IPA

Winnipeg, Man.

Aptly named for our 8th seed, “Little Scrapper” hails from Winnipeg. This IPA moves from dank grapefruit and pine hops to toffee and back again—claiming the middle ground in this flavor-category. (6% ABV)
Results:
Red Racer IPA (Winner) - 905 votes
Little Scrapper IPA - 239 votes
Fat Tug IPA, Driftwood Brewery
Victoria, B.C.

Debuting in 2008, this IPA is a virtual melon bomb: Cantaloupe and honeydew with a dry, resin-like finish designed to satiate island potheads… er hopheads. Handicap: Out-of-province distribution just started. (7% ABV)
Alexander Keith’s Galaxy Hop Ale
Halifax, N.S.

Like grapes, hop varietals boast unique aromas and flavours. Brewed only with Australian galaxy hops, this pale ale expertly showcases its tropical fruit notes on a toffee and biscuit body. (5.4%)
Results:
Fat Tug IPA (Winner) - 749 votes
Galaxy Hop Ale - 255 votes
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA
Toronto, Ont.

Brewmaster Iain McOustra is all about balance. Caramel malts play best supporting actor in Boneshaker where hops are added every five minutes in the 90-minute boil for an eruption of spicy grapefruit peel.
Charlevoix, Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus
Charlevoix, Que.

Brewer Frédérick Tremblay rejected American hops until he discovered a blend that transformed his famous Belgian-style triple into a champagne-like tipple. It drinks like spring in a glass making it a divine contender. (9% ABV)
Results:
Amsterdam Boneshaker (Winner) - 574 votes
Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus - 500 votes
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
Muskoka, Ont.

This clear, golden IPA lets the hops shine. It’s bursting with bright notes of lemon peel, mango and a long finish of grapefruit rind. Ontario’s sweetheart IPA is great with Indian fare. (6.4% ABV)
Phillips Electric Unicorn White IPA
Victoria, B.C.

This popular summer seasonal is a fusion of a Belgian witbier and a West Coast IPA. There’s nothing fantastical about its juicy combo of mango, coriander, banana and orange peel aromas. (6.5% ABV)
Results:
Muskoka Mad Tome (Winner) - 754 votes
Electric Unicorn White IPA - 284 votes
Molson Canadian
Montreal, Que.

“My beer is universally well-liked, beyond my most sanguine expectations,” wrote John Molson in 1786. Almost 170 years later, the brewery launched Canadian, its easy-drinking lager. Is the iconic bottle a slam dunk for champion? (5% ABV)
Paddock Wood Czech
Mate Pilsner

Saskatoon, Sask.

Frustrated by Saskatoon’s crappy beer selection, Steve Cavan, an expat Ontarian and Classics professor, started the province’s first modern microbrewery in 2003. Czech Mate cranks the hops for a crisp, dry finish. (5.2% ABV)
Results:
Paddock Wood (Winner) - 2,517 votes
Molson Canadian - 1,965 votes
Mill Street Organic
Toronto, Ont.

An all-day-on-the-dock quaffer, Mill Street’s best-seller is a top craft seed in this bracket. Launched in 2002, it quickly became a Canadian favourite for its organic ingredients and clean drinkability. (4.2% ABV)
Hop City Barking Squirrel
Brampton, Ont.

Moosehead, Canada’s oldest independent brewery, launched Hop City, in 2009. Its flagship amber lager tastes like it was made with love: sweet and toasty with a creamy head and spicy, floral finish. (5% ABV)
Results:
Mill Street Organic (Winner) - 1,932 votes
Hop City Barking Squirrel - 1,830 votes
Steam Whistle
Toronto, Ont.

Made with Saskatchewan barley and Ontario spring water, this Canuck-spin on a Czech pilsner is treasured for its bready malts and soft, spicy floral bitterness; could its social media reach take it to the top? (5% ABV)
Sleeman Honey
Brown Lager

Guelph, Ont.

This silky, toasty lager is the most famous of Canada’s honey beers—the sweet stuff ups the alcohol and creates a smooth, light body while clover honey flavours make it positively buzzworthy. (5.2% ABV)
Results:
Steam Whistle (Winner) - 2,573 votes
Sleeman Honey Brown Lager - 1,366 votes
Labatt Blue
London, Ont.

Unveiled as Labatt Pilsner in 1951, Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans nicknamed it “Blue” for its label—and the moniker stuck. And our American cousins have made it the top-selling Canadian beer in the U.S. (5% ABV)
Yukon Gold
Whitehorse, Yukon

This understated pale ale, crafted with five malts, has seduced northerners since 1997. Today the territory drinks nearly twice as many pints of Yukon as top competitor, Molson Canadian. Will a Northern invasion conquer the bracket? (5% ABV)
Results:
Yukon Gold (Winner) - 2,370 votes
Labatt Blue - 1,325 votes
Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue
Chambly, Que.

Debuting in 1991, this “wit” (or white) beer brought the Belgian wheat to Canadians and it’s a beauty—fluffy with notes of orange, lemon and coriander. Can Canada’s favourite wheat podium? (5% ABV)
Saison du Pinacle,
Brasserie Dunham

Dunham, Que.

A cult favourite, this took gold at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards. The champagne-like ale is fermented with a sour yeast strain to add a dry, farmhouse character. (6.5% ABV)
Results:
Blanche du Chambly (Winner) - 1,773 votes
Saison du Pinacle, Brasserie Dunham - 1,012 votes
Howe Sound,
King Heffy Hefeweizen

Squamish, B.C.

Brewer Franco Corno goes to extremes to create mighty brews, like Howe Sound’s King Heffy, a German-style weissbier. Cranked up to 7.7% ABV it explodes with banana, clove and creamy goodness.
Steam Works Pumpkin Ale
Vancouver, B.C.

Take a lush barley malt base, add 100 pounds of pumpkin, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg and you get sheer pandemonium every fall when this award-winning Halloween brew comes out. (6.5% ABV)
Results:
King Heffy Hefeweizen (Winner) - 1,395 votes
Steam Work Pumpkin Ale - 921 votes
Blueberry Cream Ale, Pump House Brewery
Moncton, N.B.

The Moncton brewery’s most popular offering, this light, creamy ale lets East Coast berries shine and adds a spicy hop kick to keep things lively.
Cannery Blackberry Porter
Penticton, B.C.

Starting out as a wintertime brew, folks loved it so much the brewery now makes it year-round. Chocolate malt and blackberry juice make for a unique brew that sings alongside duck or chocolate. (6% ABV)
Results:
Blueberry Cream Ale (Winner) - 1,197 votes
Cannery Blackberry Porter - 1,077 votes
Le Trou du Diable,
Saison du Tracteur

Shawinigan, Que.

This ancient farmhouse ale is given a modern twist by using tropically-fruity Aussie and American hops for a thirst-quenching stunner that drinks like unfiltered sunshine. (6% ABV)
Tree Mellow Moon
Kelowna, B.C.

The idea of adding pineapple to a German wheat beer seems downright odd—but the result is awfully delicious—especially with Hawaiian pizza. (5% ABV)
Results:
Saison du Tracteur (Winner) - 2,056 votes
Tree Mellow Moon - 837 votes
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
Montreal, Que.

This silky Quebec stout put McAuslan Brewery on the world map after winning accolades like a Platinum Medal at the 1994 World Beer Cup. But will it take the gold here? (5% ABV)
Les Trois Mousquetaires G.C. Porter Baltique
Montreal, Que.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, LTM is famous for intense and ruminating brews like this 10% ABV porter with notes of espresso, black licorice, smoke and boozy heat.
Results:
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (Winner) - 610 votes
Les Trois Mousquetaires G.C. - 478 votes
Propeller Extra Special Bitter
Halifax, N.S.

This three-time gold medalist at the World Beer Awards is a spectacularly smooth and English bitter: Sweet and round with honey, molasses and toasty notes backed by firm bitterness. (5% ABV).
Wellington Iron Duke
Guelph, Ont.

The heady, English strong ale is as multifaceted and brilliant as the legendary 19th Century Duke for which it is named. One sip is like biting a warm, caramel coffee cake with raisins. (6.5% ABV)
Results:
Propeller ESB (Winner) - 449 votes
Wellington Iron Duke - 345 votes
Big Rock Traditional Ale
Calgary, Alta.

Heralding from the brewery’s start back in 1984, this English-style brown ale is a classic of the country’s craft brew movement: Understated and easy-drinking. (5% ABV)
Old Boy, Parallel 49
Vancouver, B.C.

Taking home a gold medal for brown ales at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Olde Boy teases out rich malt flavours like a boss, with just enough hops to dry out the finish. (5% ABV)
Results:
Old Boy, Parallel 49 (Winner) - 435 votes
Big Rock Traditional Ale - 395 votes
Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
St-Jérôme, Que.

This java-infused imperial stout from cult favourite, Dieu du Ciel! consistently tops the best beer in Canada list on ratebeer.com. At 9.5% ABV, it’s a definite heavyweight in this contest.
PEI Island Red
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Red ales are a rare breed found mostly in Atlantic Canada. PEI’s sparkling copper brew has a rich grain and toffee character offset by a firm hop bitterness. This underdog is best paired with caramelized fare. (5.3% ABV)
Results:
Die du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Winner) - 704 votes
PEI Island Red - 427 votes
Paddock Wood Czech
Mate Pilsner

Saskatoon, Sask.

Frustrated by Saskatoon’s crappy beer selection, Steve Cavan, an expat Ontarian and Classics professor, started the province’s first modern microbrewery in 2003. Czech Mate cranks the hops for a crisp, dry finish. (5.2% ABV)
Mill Street Organic
Toronto, Ont.

An all-day-on-the-dock quaffer, Mill Street’s best-seller is a top craft seed in this bracket. Launched in 2002, it quickly became a Canadian favourite for its organic ingredients and clean drinkability. (4.2% ABV)
Results:
Mill Street Organic (Winner) - 736 votes
Czech Mate Pilsner - 482 votes
Steam Whistle
Toronto, Ont.

Made with Saskatchewan barley and Ontario spring water, this Canuck-spin on a Czech pilsner is treasured for its bready malts and soft, spicy floral bitterness; could its social media reach take it to the top? (5% ABV)
Yukon Gold
Whitehorse, Yukon

This understated pale ale, crafted with five malts, has seduced northerners since 1997. Today the territory drinks nearly twice as many pints of Yukon as top competitor, Molson Canadian. Will a Northern invasion conquer the bracket? (5% ABV)
Results:
Steam Whistle (Winner) - 733 votes
Yukon Gold - 655 votes
Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue
Chambly, Que.

Debuting in 1991, this “wit” (or white) beer brought the Belgian wheat to Canadians and it’s a beauty—fluffy with notes of orange, lemon and coriander. Can Canada’s favourite wheat podium? (5% ABV)
Howe Sound,
King Heffy Hefeweizen

Squamish, B.C.

Brewer Franco Corno goes to extremes to create mighty brews, like Howe Sound’s King Heffy, a German-style weissbier. Cranked up to 7.7% ABV it explodes with banana, clove and creamy goodness.
Results:
Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue (Winner) - 647 votes
King Heffy Hefeweizen - 402 votes
Blueberry Cream Ale, Pump House Brewery
Moncton, N.B.

The Moncton brewery’s most popular offering, this light, creamy ale lets East Coast berries shine and adds a spicy hop kick to keep things lively.
Le Trou du Diable,
Saison du Tracteur

Shawinigan, Que.

This ancient farmhouse ale is given a modern twist by using tropically-fruity Aussie and American hops for a thirst-quenching stunner that drinks like unfiltered sunshine. (6% ABV)
Results:
Saison du Tracteur (Winner) - 826 votes
Blueberry Cream Ale - 353 votes
Red Racer IPA, Central City
Surrey, B.C.

This award-winning IPA, launched in 2003, is already dubbed a “classic” in B.C.’s craft brewing scene. Clocking in high on the bitterness scale, its one-two citrus and pine punch make it a hophead favourite. (6.5% ABV)
Fat Tug IPA, Driftwood Brewery
Victoria, B.C.

Debuting in 2008, this IPA is a virtual melon bomb: Cantaloupe and honeydew with a dry, resin-like finish designed to satiate island potheads… er hopheads. Handicap: Out-of-province distribution just started. (7% ABV)
Results:
Red Racer IPA (Winner) - 657 votes
Fat Tug IPA - 412 votes
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA
Toronto, Ont.

Brewmaster Iain McOustra is all about balance. Caramel malts play best supporting actor in Boneshaker where hops are added every five minutes in the 90-minute boil for an eruption of spicy grapefruit peel.
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
Muskoka, Ont.

This clear, golden IPA lets the hops shine. It’s bursting with bright notes of lemon peel, mango and a long finish of grapefruit rind. Ontario’s sweetheart IPA is great with Indian fare. (6.4% ABV)
Results:
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA (Winner) - 662 votes
Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA - 497 votes
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
Montreal, Que.

This silky Quebec stout put McAuslan Brewery on the world map after winning accolades like a Platinum Medal at the 1994 World Beer Cup. But will it take the gold here? (5% ABV)
Propeller Extra Special Bitter
Halifax, N.S.

This three-time gold medalist at the World Beer Awards is a spectacularly smooth and English bitter: Sweet and round with honey, molasses and toasty notes backed by firm bitterness. (5% ABV)
Results:
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (Winner) - 755 votes
Propller ESB - 368 votes
Old Boy, Parallel 49
Vancouver, B.C.

Taking home a gold medal for brown ales at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Old Boy teases out rich malt flavours like a boss, with just enough hops to dry out the finish. (5% ABV)
Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
St-Jérôme, Que.

This java-infused imperial stout from cult favourite, Dieu du Ciel! consistently tops the best beer in Canada list on ratebeer.com. At 9.5% ABV, it’s a definite heavyweight in this contest.
Results:
Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Winner) - 663 votes
Old Boy, Parallel 49 - 408 votes
Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue
Chambly, Que.

Debuting in 1991, this “wit” (or white) beer brought the Belgian wheat to Canadians and it’s a beauty—fluffy with notes of orange, lemon and coriander. Can Canada’s favourite wheat podium? (5% ABV)
Le Trou du Diable,
Saison du Tracteur

Shawinigan, Que.

This ancient farmhouse ale is given a modern twist by using tropically-fruity Aussie and American hops for a thirst-quenching stunner that drinks like unfiltered sunshine. (6% ABV)
Results:
Saison du Tracteur (Winner) - 911 votes
Blanche de Chambly, Unibroue - 402 votes
Mill Street Organic
Toronto, Ont.

An all-day-on-the-dock quaffer, Mill Street’s best-seller is a top craft seed in this bracket. Launched in 2002, it quickly became a Canadian favourite for its organic ingredients and clean drinkability. (4.2% ABV)
Steam Whistle
Toronto, Ont.

Made with Saskatchewan barley and Ontario spring water, this Canuck-spin on a Czech pilsner is treasured for its bready malts and soft, spicy floral bitterness; could its social media reach take it to the top? (5% ABV)
Results:
Steam Whistle (Winner) - 445 votes
Mill Street Organic - 287 votes
Red Racer IPA, Central City
Surrey, B.C.

This award-winning IPA, launched in 2003, is already dubbed a “classic” in B.C.’s craft brewing scene. Clocking in high on the bitterness scale, its one-two citrus and pine punch make it a hophead favourite. (6.5% ABV)
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
Muskoka, Ont.

This clear, golden IPA lets the hops shine. It’s bursting with bright notes of lemon peel, mango and a long finish of grapefruit rind. Ontario’s sweetheart IPA is great with Indian fare. (6.4% ABV)
Results:
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA (Winner) - 542 votes
Red Racer IPA - 446 votes
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
Montreal, Que.

This silky Quebec stout put McAuslan Brewery on the world map after winning accolades like a Platinum Medal at the 1994 World Beer Cup. But will it take the gold here? (5% ABV)
Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
St-Jérôme, Que.

This java-infused imperial stout from cult favourite, Dieu du Ciel! consistently tops the best beer in Canada list on ratebeer.com. At 9.5% ABV, it’s a definite heavyweight in this contest.
Results:
Die du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Winner) - 396 votes
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - 389 votes
Le Trou du Diable,
Saison du Tracteur

Shawinigan, Que.

This ancient farmhouse ale is given a modern twist by using tropically-fruity Aussie and American hops for a thirst-quenching stunner that drinks like unfiltered sunshine. (6% ABV)
Steam Whistle
Toronto, Ont.

Made with Saskatchewan barley and Ontario spring water, this Canuck-spin on a Czech pilsner is treasured for its bready malts and soft, spicy floral bitterness; could its social media reach take it to the top? (5% ABV)
Results:
Saison du Tracteur (Winner) - 1,596 votes
Steam Whistle - 427 votes
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
Muskoka, Ont.

This clear, golden IPA lets the hops shine. It’s bursting with bright notes of lemon peel, mango and a long finish of grapefruit rind. Ontario’s sweetheart IPA is great with Indian fare. (6.4% ABV)
Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
St-Jérôme, Que.

This java-infused imperial stout from cult favourite, Dieu du Ciel! consistently tops the best beer in Canada list on ratebeer.com. At 9.5% ABV, it’s a definite heavyweight in this contest.
Results:
Die du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Winner) - 965 votes
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA - 755 votes
Le Trou du Diable,
Saison du Tracteur

Shawinigan, Que.

This ancient farmhouse ale is given a modern twist by using tropically-fruity Aussie and American hops for a thirst-quenching stunner that drinks like unfiltered sunshine. (6% ABV)
Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
St-Jérôme, Que.

This java-infused imperial stout from cult favourite, Dieu du Ciel! consistently tops the best beer in Canada list on ratebeer.com. At 9.5% ABV, it’s a definite heavyweight in this contest.
Beer Madness final voting now
open until Monday, April 6,
at 3 p.m.
HOP-FORWARD
FRUITY & SPICY
CLEAN & CRISP
MALT-FORWARD
1
Red Racer IPA,
Central City
8
Half Pints,
Little Scrapper IPA
4
Fat Tug IPA,
Driftwood Brewery
5
Alexander Keith's
Galaxy Hop
3
Amsterdam
Boneshaker
6
Charlevoix, Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus
2
Muskoka Mad Tom
7
Phillips Electric
Unicorn White IPA
1
Red Racer IPA, Central City
4
Fat Tug IPA, Driftwood Brewery
3
Amsterdam Boneshaker
2
Muskoka Mad Tom
1
Red Racer IPA, Central City
2
Muskoka Mad Tom
2
Muskoka Mad Tom
1
Molson Canadian
8
Paddock Wood
Czech Mate Pilsner
4
Mill Street Organic
5
Hop City
Barking Squirrel
3
Steam Whistle
6
Sleeman Honey
Brown Lager
2
Labatt Blue
7
Yukon Gold
8
Paddock Wood
Czech Mate Pilsner
4
Mill Street Organic
3
Steam Whistle
7
Yukon Gold
4
Mill Street Organic
3
Steam Whistle
3
Steam Whistle
1
Blanche de
Chambly, Unibroue
8
Saison du Pinacle, Brasserie Dunham
4
Howe Sound, King Heffy Hefeweizen
5
Steam Works
Pumpkin Ale
3
Blueberry Cream Ale, Pump House
6
Cannery Blackberry Porter
2
Le Trou du Diable, Saison du Tracteur
7
Tree Mellow Moon
1
Blanche de
Chambly, Unibroue
4
Howe Sound, King Heffy Hefeweizen
3
Blueberry Cream Ale, Pump House
2
Le Trou du Diable, Saison du Tracteur
1
Blanche de
Chambly, Unibroue
2
Le Trou du Diable, Saison du Tracteur
2
Le Trou du Diable, Saison du Tracteur
1
St. Ambroise
Oatmeal Stout
8
Les Trois
Mousquetairies G.C.
4
Propeller ESB
5
Wellington
Iron Duke
3
Big Rock
Traditional Ale
6
Old Boy,
Parallel 49
2
Dieu du Ciel!
Peche Mortel
7
PEI Island Red
1
St. Ambroise
Oatmeal Stout
4
Propeller ESB
6
Old Boy,
Parallel 49
2
Dieu du Ciel!
Peche Mortel
1
St. Ambroise
Oatmeal Stout
2
Dieu du Ciel!
Peche Mortel
2
Dieu du Ciel!
Peche Mortel
2 Le Trou du Diable, Saison du Tracteur
2 Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
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