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Say what you will about Alberta there is one thing that they do right and that’s beer.  This year marked the inaugural season of the Alberta Beer Awards, and with 300 entries from 57 local breweries, they sound pretty successful.

The event went down at the Palace Theatre in Calgary earlier this week.  Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company walked away with Brewery of the Year while Origin Malting and Brewing Co.’s Last Post Brown Ale won Best of Show.

There were 22 different categories including every kind of beer you could want.  Check out this year’s gold medal winners in each category.  It is a complete list of must-try Alberta beers.

Patio Beer – Crisp Pils, Jasper Brewing
Amber/Sark Hoppy Sessionable Beer – Gold: East Lake Amber, Fitzsimmons Brewing Co
German/Czech Style Pilsner – Gold: License to Pil, Wild Rose Brewery
Farmhouse Beer – Gold: Mango Saison, 4th Meridian Brewing Company
Light Hoppy Sessionable Beer – Gold: Plainsbreaker, Banded Peak Brewing
Brown Beer – Gold: Last Post Brown Ale, Origin Malting & Brewing Co
Stout – Gold: Tamarack, Grain Bin Brewing Company
Barrel-Aged Beer – Gold: Tequila Barrel Aged Barley Wine, The Grizzly Paw Brewing Co
Extra Strong Beer – Gold: KGB Imperial Stout, Elbeck Brews
Amber Beer – Gold: Okt, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company
Canadian Cereal Ale – Gold: Papa Bear Prairie Ale, Half Hitch Brewing Company
Wheat Beer – Gold: Züs, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company
Fruit Beer – Gold: Main Squeeze, Alley Kat Brewing Company
Spiced Beer – Gold: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coconut, Troubled Monk Brewery
Pale Ale/Bitter – Gold: Forward Progress, Annex Ale Project
Other Flavoured Beer – Gold: Batch #500, Last Best Brewing
Sour Beer – Gold: Oak Aged Flemish Red, Big Rock Brewery
Belgian Ales – Gold: Belgian Dip, Tool Shed Brewing Company
Double IPA – Gold: Argyll Dragon, Alley Kat Brewing Company
Other Strong Hoppy Beer – Gold: Acme Red, Blind Enthusiasm
IPA – Gold: This Must Be the IPA, Cold Garden Beverage Company
Trendy Beer of The Year: New England Style Ale – Gold: New England Pale Ale, Blindman Brewing
Best of Show – Gold: Last Post Brown Ale, Origin Malting & Brewing Co
Brewery of The Year – Gold: Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company