There are likely a few Vancouver brewers cracking a cold one to celebrate their beers this week.
That's because three local breweries won golds at the World Beer Cup, the biggest beer competition in the world. All told, seven BC beers won medals representing half of the Canadian haul at the 2023 ceremony held May 10.
Powell Brewery took the gold with their Old Jalopy Pale Ale in the Extra Special Bitter category beating out 54 other beers from around the world. And 33 Acres Brewing Experiment won gold with its Saaz Dry-hopped Saison in the 73-beer strong Classic Saison category.
Brewhall's Slice of Paradise Yuzu Wheat rounded out the trio with gold against 96 other beers in the Fruit Wheat Beer category.
"We're thrilled to bring home the gold and we couldn't have done it without the love and support of our amazing Brewhall fam!" Brewhall posted on Instagram after the win.
The 33 Acres family actually took home two awards, with 33 Acres of Euphoria winning bronze in the Belgian-Style Tripel.
Metro Vancouver was also represented on the world stage by Surrey's Central City Brewers in the Belgian Fruit Beer category. Their Central City Brewing Framboise took gold.
North Vanocuver's Shaketown also was recognized, taking bronze in the herb and spice beer category for its Shaketown Grissette with Szechuan peppercorns.
One Island beer took home gold as well, with Sooke Brewing Co.'s Barleywine, which fittingly took first in the Barley Wine-style Ale category.
Overall Canada grabbed 14 medals; B.C. led the way with seven, followed by Quebec (four), Ontario (two) and Alberta (one). The World Beer Cup is held every year by the Brewers Association, and American organization created to promote American craft brewers. In all, more than 10,200 beers from 51 were entered this year in 103 categories.