Damon Moreau, left, and twin brother Andrew Moreau, proper, are the founders of Calgary’s Frequent Crown, which gained Brewery of the Yr on the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards. The awards, normally offered at a gala dinner, had been held nearly this yr resulting from COVID-19. (Submitted by Damon Moreau)
Calgary brewery Frequent Crown Brewing Co. has gained the title of Brewer of the Yr on the Canadian Brewing Awards.
Damon Moreau, co-founder and common supervisor, mentioned he and the crew are nonetheless processing their win.
“We had been utterly astounded. I feel we’re all nonetheless in shock, to be utterly sincere with you,” he mentioned on Sunday. “[It was] unbelievable. There was a whole lot of excessive fives.”
It was a robust displaying for Alberta, which took dwelling 39 awards on the ceremony, with Calgary’s Cabin Brewing and Edmonton’s Bent Stick Brewing amongst these represented.
The annual award ceremony awards gold, silver and bronze winners in 55 classes by a blindly judged tasting course of.
Frequent Crown took dwelling three golds on the ceremony, which was held nearly Saturday night, within the following classes:
North American type wheat beer: Ploughman Wheat Ale. Scotch ale: Andys Wee Heavy. Brown ale: Coppersmith Brown Ale.
The brewery was based almost 4 years in the past by Moreau, his twin brother Andrew, and enterprise associate Bob Robertshaw.
Moreau was a passionate homebrewer and was trying to get out of the trade he was in.
“It was round concerning the time that the legal guidelines are modified to allow [craft] breweries to open up in Alberta. So we thought, ‘oh, properly, let’s take a stab at that,'” he mentioned.
The brewery goals to be environmentally acutely aware, working with an organization known as Agro Methods to make sure its spent grain is used for feed for cattle, pigs, and sheep.
Moreau mentioned 2020 has been a roller-coaster experience for Frequent Crown, from pivoting into dwelling deliveries inside 24 hours of their northeast Calgary taproom being pressured to close down in March as a result of pandemic, to Saturday’s huge win.
However they will not be resting on their laurels — Moreau mentioned they’ve at all times have new beers within the works, from barrel-aged brews to seasonal merchandise.
Finest beer of the yr went to a gluten-free beer, Glutenberg Purple from Montreal’s Brasseurs Sans Gluten.