FBC Wins Two Medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards

(Fernie, BC) –  Fernie Brewing Company, walked away with Two Medals at the 2008 Canadian Brewing Awards, held in Toronto, ON.  This year was the 6th Annual Competition with 50 breweries and 239 individual beers entered.  The Canadian Brewing Awards are recognized as the premiere competition for judging the quality of Canadian-Brewed beer.

In its first competition, Fernie Brewing won medals in 2 out of 3 categories.  The Rocky Mountain Genuine Lager won Silver in the European Style Lager Category.  Their First Trax Brown Ale won the Bronze in the Brown Ale Category. 

The Canadian Brewing Awards is a blind tasting competition to see who brews the best beer in 21 style categories.  A panel of 14 Certified Beer Judges considered 5 Criteria when judging: appearance, aroma, flavour, mouth-feel and overall impression.

“We make great beer, and it is nice to be recognized on a national level”, said Warren Smith, Head Brewer for Fernie Brewing.  “Since moving into our new brewery, our new water filtration system has enhanced the flavour of our beers dramatically.  We are extremely pleased with the quality of our brews, and I guess the judges were too!”  Smith admits the Rocky Mountain Genuine Lager has gone through a bit of a change, with a new style of yeast, and some slight changes in the hops and malts.  And that change has paid off big time for the local brewery.  “Not only for winning a medal, but our Lager sales are up by 62%,” says Sales Manager Murray Pask, “and to win 2 medals in such highly competitive categories is outstanding, as almost every microbrewery brews a lager and a brown ale”.

Located in the Resort Town of Fernie, BC, Fernie Brewing Company is a small batch brewery located in Fernie, British Columbia (pop. 5000) situated in the BC Rockies.  The town has always been known for its great powder, now it will be known for its great beers.

Fernie Brewing Company brews 3 great year-round beers – The Rocky Mountain Genuine Lager, The Griz Pale Ale and First Trax Brown Ale which are available on tap in the Kootenays, and in 6-pack cans throughout BC & Alberta.  All beers are unpasturized, preservative free and brewed in small batches.

For immediate release Oct. 3, 2008 – Lenka Hawrys