Author: Justin Willenbrink
Pictures: Justin Willenbrink

With Ontario having over 400+ craft breweries, it made Toronto a perfect location for the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards. This event brings together breweries from all over Canada to participate in educational seminars as well as connect with one another and the industry’s leading suppliers.

Throughout the conference, breweries have the ability to walk the expo floor to get a look into what the latest and greatest products on the market are and of course, enjoy some of Canada’s best craft brews. The expo floor is the perfect opportunity to mix business with pleasure.

The event also doubles as an opportunity for brewers to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication through an awards ceremony on the final night.  This was a record breaking year for entries as there were over 2,000 entries from 308 breweries. The event itself was attended by over 600 industry professionals.

The Canadian Brewing Awards celebrated its 17th year in 2019 and has hosted the event in cities all across Canada, each year being a different location. The goal of the event is to continuously help grow and evolve the landscape of the Canadian Brewing Industry, and the event has been very successful at doing just that.

h Keg, the Canadian representative for Blefa was there in full force, along with support from their North American Sales Director, Justin Willenbrink. They had a successful show, engaging with current and future clients as well as sponsoring the hospitality suite which provided\s the brewers with an opportunity to connect and enjoy a few beers after the keynote speaker (Tanisha Robinson, Chief Disruption Officer of BrewDog USA) and before the Awards Ceremony.