Welcome to The Growler’s second annual B.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards, AKA, the Growlies!
The Growlies are B.C.’s only province-wide craft beer readers’ choice awards, celebrating every style of awesome craft beer B.C. has to offer. Unlike traditional beer awards, the Growlies will be decided by YOU, the beer-drinking public.
Between Oct. 3 and 25, 2019, you can vote online for the beers and breweries you think are the best in B.C. Your votes will determine the winners in each category.
With the help of our panel of craft beer experts, we’ve narrowed the field to 10 nominees in each beer style category. And if you don’t like our choices, this year you can write in your own picks instead!
Since we can’t make the Growlies happen without your support and participation, those who take part in the online poll will be entered to win an absolutely bonkers luxury helicopter craft beer tour from Sky Helicopters, as well as top-of-the-line home-brewing equipment and starter kits from Barley’s Homebrewing.
Once the polls close, the final votes will be counted to determine a winner for each category. The results will be published in The Growler’s Winter 2019/2020 issue, out Dec. 1, 2019.
Thanks for participating and good luck!
Award winners are be decided by a two-part process. First, a panel of close to 25 craft beer experts from across the province — including cicerones, certified beer judges, craft beer journalists and industry insiders — weigh in on what beers they would like to see nominated, in order to narrow the field to 10 nominees in each beer style category. Judging criteria focuses on the overall impression of the beer, as opposed to adherence to a specific style. Participating experts can nominate as many beers/breweries as they would like. The nominations are then tallied, vetted for style suitability and production eligibility and them compiled into a curated nomination list for each category. Preference is given to packaged releases, as opposed to limited draft-only releases. Each category has a minimum of one nomination from Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Interior B.C.
Once the short list of nominations for each category has been created, the public will get to have their say. Via an online poll, the public will get to vote for which beer/brewery they think is tops in the province. Voters aren’t limited to the nominations, however, and can write-in a beer if they feel it should be considered.
The online poll closes Oct. 25, 2019, at noon. The final votes will then be counted to determine a winner for each category. The results of the Growlies will be published in The Growler’s Winter 2019/2020 issue, out Dec. 1, 2019, and online at TheGrowler.ca.
—Rob Mangelsdorf, editor