(Bellingham, WA) Since 1995 the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale has played host to breweries from all over the United States and Canada. Now in its 14th year the festival was a hit for all who attended (as evident by their website reporting it “SOLD OUT”).
As previously mentioned on their site Boundary Bay Brewing has announced they were chose as the best Stout at this years Okanagan Fest-of-Ale.
Each year patrons of the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale have the opportunity to vote towards ‘The People’s Choice Awards’. Winners are chosen from the ballots that patrons submit during the event. Ballots are totaled and the winners are announced just prior to the end of the event on Saturday. All attending patrons receive one ballot slip, with their souvenir glass.
Since 2004, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society has also been host to the ‘Industry Choice Awards’, where between three to five industry judges sample the micro-brews at the event. The winners are chosen on the basis of the an industry accepted point system and categories: Aroma (12); Appearance (3); Flavour (20); Mouth Feel (5); and Overall (10) for a total of 50 points.
We are very pleased to announce our that our Imperial Oatmeal Stout not only won the Industry Choice for Best Stout in 2009 but also took home the 2008 People’s Choice Award of Best Beer (also for the Imperial Stout). So, head on over to the brewery and grab a bottle of Oatmeal Stout to enjoy at your next BBQ and toast the great taste of the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale!” source, Boundary Bay's Blog
If you want to offer your congratulations you are more than welcome to do so at the brewery or if you see them at Father’s Day (weekend of June 19th) Festival. Congratulations again guys you earned it.
Pacific Northwest notables
Alpine Brewing (WA)
Big Al Brewing (WA)
Boundary Bay Brewing (WA)
Old Schoolhouse Brewery (WA)
Silver City Brewing (WA) *note, didn't see it on the list but there are photos to the effect that they were in attendance.