It’s celebration time at Whitehorse-based Yukon Brewing who stole top awards at the Canadian beverage shows held last month. The Brewery won top medals at the Canada Beer Cup and the Toronto Whisky Awards.
According to reports on October 25, 2023, both Yukon Brewing and its sister company, Two Brewers, were winners at the annual beverage festival. Yukon’s Lead Dog Ale and Rye IPA were crowned with silver medals, and its single malt whisky Release 36 won the title of “Best Canadian Single Malt Whisky”.
Likewise, Two Brewers was awarded the top spot in the “Cask Strength” category.
Yukon Brewing’s Victory at Canadian Whisky Show
One of the original Staple beers that were produced shortly after Yukon Brewing’s inception is Lead Dog Ale. It has become an international favorite and will likely hit a boost in sales after this prize.
“The beer world changes so much; there are new breweries opening up and new hops being developed and all that jazz. So, to take a legacy recipe that’s 25 years old and still show that it’s got the chops to win an award was pretty cool for us,” Bob Baxter, co-founder of Yukon Brewing, told reporters.
In addition, Baxter revealed that the Rye IPA was a relatively new beer which was rolled out just a few years ago. He noted the stock availability making reference to the upcoming festive season.
Many of Yukon Brewing’s seasonal suds are one-offs, and most don’t reappear on the brewery’s beer list again. However, the most popular seasonals are often brought back
“There are so many good beers out there, quite honestly, and to enter that IPA category, we knew that our chances of getting recognized would be slim to none. So, the fact that [the Rye IPA] came out in the top three, honestly, we were kind of gobsmacked,” Baxter said.
He then added jovially:
“To finish second in the most populated category was a bit of a pat on the back.”