“Old Bounder” Barley Wine took home the Silver Medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this past weekend! More than 4,300 beers were entered, representing 745 breweries from around the Country; the largest GABF competition to date. The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver and bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry and Boundary Bay was one of two other WA breweries (American and Elysian Brewing) to receive a medal in 2013.
“To continue to place at the GABF is an extraordinary accomplishment,” states General Manager, Janet Lightner, “We are so proud of our brewers who continue to bring home medals, especially considering the level of competition the GABF represents.”
This win marks Boundary’s 14th medal at the GABF. Old Bounder was awarded the bronze in 1998, silver in 2002 and another silver in 2004 in the Barley Wine Style Ale category. “We have been fortunate to win many awards“, says Lightner, “Each of those metals signals a triumph in the craft beer community, but we also measure our success by the connections we build with our community of customers and neighbors who make it possible for us to keep doing what we love.”
So what we’d like to say is…Thank you for your support, Bounders! We couldn’t do it without you.
Boundary Bay Brewery, along with almost 500 other breweries participated in the Great American Beer Festival this weekend. There were over 46,000 people in attendance and almost 3,000 beers being judged as part of the competition. We are proud to announce that our Imperial Oatmeal Stout took home a silver medal and our Imperial IPA was declared second place in the Alpha King challenge after winning back in 2006. Thus, we’ve dubbed ourselves the Alpha Dude for the year. =) We’d like to extend a hearty congratulations to our brewers for another year of great beer!
We here at Boundary Bay are pleased to announce that our Cabin Fever claimed a silver medal in the Strong Ale category at the Brewer’s Association World Beer Cup (WBC) 2008.The WBC is the largest beer competition in the world.It evaluates beers from around the globe and recognizes the most outstanding beers being produced in the world today. The World Beer Cup is a category driven competition meaning there are strict parameters like color, hop character and alcohol content that must be met for a beer to be submitted to a judging category.The World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 129 beer judges from 22 countries.This year, there were nearly 3,000 entries from over 600 breweries in 58 countries. Participation has increased from previous years with this year’s competition including almost 700 more beers than entries from 2006.This competition is serious to the point that medals are not given unless there are entries that exemplify the exceptional qualities the judges are looking for.Thus, beers are not simply judged to be the best of those entered, but simply…the best.Period.
Anthony Stone (one of our brewers), Ed Bennett (the owner) & Brian Bendix (our Seattle area distributor) traveled to San Diego to attend the Brewer’s Conference and to bring home Cabin Fever’s medal.While there, they had a unique opportunity to meet brewers from around the world to trade ideas and trouble shoot with.They gathered information on new equipment and new ideas for our up and coming brewery in Ferndale.They also got to sit in on discussions about sustainability and ways to lower the impact on our environment such as using energy more efficiently.One of the things Anthony likes best about the international competition is seeing first hand the differences between American and European brewing.He observed that, in general, European breweries often focused on preserving traditions and continuing the rich history that their beers or their breweries have embodied.Being a “new” brewing culture, North America (and especially the West Coast) has the freedom to be creative in their brewing and to break with tradition.Anthony appreciates the ability to always be changing and trying new ways to make the beer exactly what they want it to be.
Anthony Stone (left) , Ed Bennett (center) & Brian Bendix (right) at the 2008 Brewer’s Association World Beer Cup