Toronto, Ontario – More than 300 Cabinet Ministers, Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs), and Legislative Assembly of Ontario staff gathered at Queen’s Park on Wednesday to taste and vote for their favourite fresh, local Ontario craft beers during the 14th annual Speaker’s Tasting at the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) event.
Hosted by the Hon. Ted Arnott, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, this year was the biggest event yet. Thirty-two OCB-member breweries across 29 provincial ridings brought 116 different beers to be sampled and voted on. The winning selections will be served in the Legislative Dining Room at Queen’s Park for 2019-2020.
“On behalf of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the Ontario Craft Beer Tasting event,” says Speaker Arnott. “Your industry is dynamic and growing, and we are delighted to partner with you.”
Ballots were given to the guests, allowing them to vote for their favourite beers in specific style categories, as assigned below. The winning craft beers of the annual Speaker’s tasting event are:
Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Pilsner 101
Full Beard Brewing – The Bearded Prospector Cream Ale
Junction Craft Brewing – Caribru Session IPA
Blyth Cowbell Brewing – Shindig-Huron County Lager
Stout & Porter
Muskoka Brewery – Shinnicked Stout
Old Tomorrow Beer – Honey Ginger Shandy
Don Valley West
“This annual tradition just keeps getting bigger and better. It reflects both the passion these brewers have for their craft and appreciation to the government for helping drive tremendous growth in the number of locally-owned breweries now operating across the province – especially in northern and rural Ontario – while creating unique opportunities for those communities,” says Scott Simmons, President, Ontario Craft Brewers. “This industry has an impact beyond brewing high quality, craft beer. It creates thousands of jobs, drives tourism, generates almost $2 billion in annual economic impact, and enriches communities.”