Thornbury Village Craft Brewery took GOLD for best in country in 4 categories in the "OLYMPICS" of Beer Awards - The World Beer Awards

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Thornbury Village Craft Brewery was overwhelmed with Gold Medals for "Best of Country" in the prestigious 2016 World Beer Awards. A total of four GOLD Medals for Best of Country were awarded to Thornbury Village Craft Beer recognizing our humble Ontario Craft brewery as tops in country in four key categories! The World Beer Awards are the global awards selecting the very best internationally recognized beer styles.  The competition took place in Norfolk, United Kingdom with over 1,500 entries from around the globe. Winning a "Country's Best" is quite an achievement. The final round was held in London on 11 August, where 50 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted on the World's Best in each of the eight categories before the 2016 Country Winners were being announced. The next stage of the competition will see the gold medalists from every country competing to be named the best beer in the world for the respective categories.

Thornbury Village Craft Brewery won gold medals as "Best of Country" for the following categories:

Czech-Style Pale Lager: 

Pickup Truck Pilsner

Dark Lager Munich Dunkel: 

Dark Horse Lager

Helles/Münchner: Munich Lager:    

Blue Mountain Lager

Vienna Lager:

Jubilee Amber Lager


Thornbury's success in these categories follows the brand's gold medals in the 2016 Ontario Beer awards and 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards. The winning beers will move forward in the competition and will be tasted against other "Country Winners" from other nations to compete for the "World's Best Styles." Those winners will then compete for the "World's Best Beers" by Category. Winners will be announced in late September

"I'm humbled by these medals" said Thornbury's head brewer, James Wilson "for me, it has always been about crafting great brews that our consumer will enjoy. Having the world's best judges recognize our craft beers is a huge boost."

"We're very proud of this win for Thornbury" says Jim Clark, President. "We had every confidence that by integrating the brewery into the Colio family we were going to do great things. We are so impressed by these achievements and raise a mug to toast the future of Thornbury Village Craft Brewery's success."


Thornbury Village Craft Brewery was acquired by Colio Estate Wines in February 2016, and operates in the heart of Nobleton, Ontario. With plans to join its partner and producer of the number one selling Thornbury Premium Apple Cider, the brewery will relocate to its namesake town bringing Thornbury Village Craft Cidery and Brewery under one roof in scenic Blue Mountain apple country. Thornbury Village Craft Brewery is the gold-medal recipient for both the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards' and the 2015 World Beer Championship for Thornbury's Pickup Truck European Styled Pilsner. With a commitment to crafting stylistic, ultra-premium beer Thornbury Village Craft Brewery has earned immediate recognition with both discerning beer drinkers and critics alike.

The Colio Estate Wines story is one of patience, determination, and perseverance – qualities that remain today at the heart of our winemaking practices and spirit. It was along the Lake Erie Shore, the southernmost and warmest wine region of Ontario, where three Italian bricklayers named Alfredo, Enzo and Tiberio decided to fulfill their life dream of building a world-class winery, leaving a legacy of sophisticated domestic viniculture.

Over 35 years later, consumers continue to enjoy the rewards of the hard work and craftsmanship that go into every bottle of Colio Estate wines. The picturesque winery is located in Harrow in the heart of the Essex/Pelee Island Coast Wine Country. Our wines are available at LCBO stores and any of the 14 Colio Wine Boutiques across the province.

SOURCE Thornbury Village Brewery

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For further information: Danielle Giroux, Colio Estate Wines, 905-896-8512 Ext. 221,

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