AUDIO: Three Windsor-Essex Breweries Take Home National Awards

Some local craft brewers took home awards from the 2018 Canadian Brewing Awards held in Halifax last weekend.

It's the 16th year for the awards and Windsor's Walkerville Brewery, The Grove Brew House in Kingsville, and Frank Brewery in Tecumseh took home some hardware.

Natalie Lahoud is front of house and event manager Walkervillle Brewery.  She spoke AM800's Patty Handysides on The Afternoon News.

"We took home a gold with our Purity Pilsner, took home a silver for our Kremlin Russian Imperial Stout, and we also took home a silver for our Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout," she says. 

She says awards are always a great way to draw attention to Windsor-Essex.

"It just brings on some national recognition for craft breweries here in Windsor," says Lahoud. "The fact that not only us, but other local craft breweries win some awards here just really puts Windsor on the map," says Lahoud. "It makes Windsor a destination when there are multiple wonderful breweries here, especially award winning breweries that are definitely going to attract people from all over."

The Grove Brew House took home multiple honours in its first year of operation — a silver medal for their Westcott Cream Ale and a bronze medal for its Paradise Lager.

Head Brewer, Donovan McFadden says it was an honour.

"I knew they were good beers going, they are big categories so we had no idea where we would end up," says McFadden. "You don't get to punch out at 5pm, you're here until the brew is done and it's a lot of work but there's a good reward at the end of the day, in a glass."

Tecumseh's Frank Brewing Company took home the silver in the North American Style Premium Lager category with their Frank's Cream Ale.

— with files from AM800's Patty Handysides and Kristylee Varley.