About the Competition:

After more than a century, hops are making a comeback in Ontario agriculture. In 2012, the Ontario Hop Grower’s Association was launched to serve as a non-profit association of organic and conventional growers in Ontario. Their mandate includes acting as a central voice and advocacy group for the industry; promoting hop-growing fundamentals through education, research, promotion, and marketing; and setting up a database of relevant growing and management information specifically for Ontario. Microbreweries are interested in using local hops to create unique brews, such as harvest ales. In addition, Niagara College’s Brewmaster course is supplying Ontario with a new generation of brewers who are discovering that Ontario hops are a viable option. Hop production in Ontario has grown steadily since then.

The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC) was conceived to bring together Ontario hop producers and the most significant end-user of the crop, the Ontario brewing industry. The goals are to:

  • Create a credible venue for hop growers and brewers to work together and encourage commerce.
  • Introduce the next generation of Ontario brewers to the hop growing community.
  • Promote the use of Ontario-grown hops.

Previous GOHCBC Beer Styles & Winners

2017
Beer Style Belgian IPA
1st Place: New Limburg & Hayhoe Hops & King Lake Farms
2nd Place: Walkerville Brewery & King Lake Farms
3rd Place: Wellington Brewery & Hayhoe Hops
Honourable Mention: Muddy York Brewing Co. & VQH Farms

2016
Beer Style: American Amber Ale
1st Place: The Exchange Brewery & Clear Valley Hops
2nd Place (Tie):Trafalgar Ales and Meads & King Lake Farms
2nd Place (Tie):Abe Erb Brewing Co. & Tavistock Hop Company
Honourable Mention: Brock Street Brewing & Clear Valley Hops

2015
Beer Style: Robust Porter
1ST PLACE: THE OLDE STONE BREWING COMPANY & SLOW ACRES ORGANICS
2ND PLACE: GARDEN BREWERS & BUTTRUM’S FAMILY FARM
3RD PLACE: NICK BOBAS (STUDENT, NC TEACHING BREWERY) & CLEAR VALLEY HOPS

2014
Beer Style: Brown Ale
1ST PLACE: THE BLUE ELEPHANT & CAROLINIAN HOP YARD
2ND PLACE: GET WELL BREWING & NATION HOPS
3RD PLACE: THE OLDE STONE BREWING COMPANY & SLOW ACRES ORGANICS

2013
Beer Style: American IPA
1ST PLACE: DUGGAN’S BREWERY & HERITAGE HILL ORGANICS
2ND PLACE: BLACK CREEK HISTORIC BREWERY & SOUTH COAST HOPS
3RD PLACE: STEAM WHISTLE BREWERY & MEADOWSWEET FARM