MLAs vote for Squamish brewery to win first place

A brewery in Squamish has tied for first place in the inaugural Speaker’s Choice Craft Beer award.

Backcountry Brewing was given the award at the provincial legislature at the end of last month as part of BC Craft Beer Month.

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Twelve breweries from across the province sampled their beer for MLAs and members of the press gallery.

Hon. Darryl Plecas, speaker of the legislative assembly, hosted the event where everyone who went could vote on their favourite beers. The winning beers will be given as gifts to dignitaries who visit the BC Legislature, and the two winning breweries will each receive a medal and certificate from the BC Legislature. 

“This event was all about showing what an amazing craft beer scene B.C. has to offer,” said Joe Wiebe, director of content for the BC Ale Trail, which hosted the event.

“Many of the MLAs in attendance were familiar with the craft breweries in their own ridings, but they were pleased to be able to sample beers from all over the province, and to learn more about the BC Ale Trail project.”

Riot Brewing from Chemainus tied for first place. 

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