The Ontario Brewing Awards are an annual celebration of excellence in the Ontario brewing industry, recognizing the best beers in 29 different style categories with everything ranging from blonde lagers to barrel-aged stouts. This year, Wellington was recognized for a wide-range of styles. Imperial Russian Stout took home a Gold Medal in the ‘Imperial Stout’ category. The brewery cleaned up in the ‘Dark Ale’ category, winning a Gold for County Dark Ale and a Bronze for Iron Duke. And one of Wellington’s original recipes, Arkell Best Bitter earned a Silver Medal in the ‘British Pale Ale / Bitter’ category.
Wellington Brewery also won medals for two unique small-batch collaborative beers in the popular Welly One-Off Series. Brewed as a collaboration with the Queen Of Craft Women’s Beer Series, 2014: A Spice Odyssey took home a Gold medal in the “Flavoured Beer” category. This one-of-a-kind beer was brewed by an all-woman team alongside Wellington brewers to be a ‘Spiced Chai Latte Stout’. Another small-batch beer that earned accolades was Farmers’ Market Rhubarb Saison which uses rhubarb grown by local farmers and was developed in partnership with the Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market last summer. These small-batch beers are a part of the popular Welly One-Off Series which is a selection of unique and experimental small-batch beers released throughout the year and available for a limited time.