Blind Enthusiasm takes top prize at Alberta’s first beer awards

From CBC News Edmonton, by Natasha Riebe

Blind Enthusiasm owner Greg Zeschuck holds the prize for top brewery in the province at the Alberta Craft Brewing Convention. (Neil Zeller)

Edmonton’s Blind Enthusiasm wins brewery of the year award

One of Edmonton’s newest breweries has taken top prize in the inaugural Alberta craft beer awards.

Blind Enthusiasm netted the brewery of the year award this week at a convention in Calgary.

One of Edmonton’s oldest craft breweries, Alley Kat, came in second.

The winning brewery has been open for about eight months, while Alley Kat has been operating for 23 years.

Terry Rock, executive director of Alberta Small Brewers Association, said the awards are a good reflection of the province’s high-quality craft beer industry.

“We’ve got some really, really great quality beer in our history but also in our future,” Rock told CBC News.

A total of 58 breweries from around the province entered 314 beers in 22 categories.

Blind Enthusiasm got a gold medal for its OKT in the “amber beer” category, a gold for its ZuS in the “wheat beer” category, a gold for its Acme Red in the “other strong hoppy beer” category and a bronze for its Street Beat Pollen Wheat in the “other flavoured beer.”

All of that added up to winning the brewery of the year award.

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