Two Hamilton breweries collect medals at Canadian Brewing Awards


Published June 6, 2023 at 11:24 am

Brad Clifford, owner of Clifford Brewing in Stoney Creek, won a silver medal for his Dark Streets of London ESB at the 2023 Canadian Brewing Awards. (Photo: inniagararegion)

Two Hamilton breweries both bubbled their way to medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards held June 1 to 3 in Halifax.

Clifford Brewing in Stoney Creek won a silver for its Dark Streets of London ESB (Extra Special Bitter) in the English Bitters category while their Marigold Belgian Golden Ale also got an Honourable Mention nods in the Belgian-Style Abbey Ale/Pale Ale.

Meanwhile, Collective Arts Brewing (207 Burlington St E) took gold for their Hazy Pale Ale in the No to Low Alcohol Beer category.

For those who have tried it, some may be surprised that the Collective Arts beer is no/low alcohol beer as the brewers create it using Mosaic and Citra hops, brewing it as a traditional New England Hazy Pale Ale that sits at just 0.4% ABV but tastes like a regular pale ale.

“It contains a unique yeast that brews a very low alcohol version of our classic hoppy beer,” said the brewery.

Meanwhile, to the east, Clifford Brewing (398 Nash Rd N, Unit 1) is no stranger to brewing awards. After contract-brewing at a handful of places, Brad Clifford opened his bricks-and-mortar brewery in the heavily-industrial east end neighbourhood in 2018.

Things happened quickly as Clifford Brewing, which just celebrated its Firth Anniversary in its Stoney Creek location, won the biggest prize of all – Canadian Brewery of the Year – at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Award, just a year after it opened.

The Collective Arts Non-Alcoholic Hazy Pale Ale won gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards while the Clifford Brewing Dark Streets of London ESB won a silver.

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