Industry Voted Awards

ASBA members were sent a ballot using the e-voting service Election Runner and asked to vote in 4 categories. Each brewery received one vote, and could write in up to three nominees for each category. 43 breweries participated in the voting. The name or business with the most votes was recognized at the awards ceremony.

LiquorConnect.com Retailer of the Year: Sherbooke Liquor (Edmonton)

There were 25 different retailers mentioned by the voters for this award, which recognizes the most supportive and enthusiastic retailers of Alberta Beer. Thanks to all nominees, especially our other top vote-getters: Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, Liquor Depot/Wine & Beyond, Oak & Vine in Calgary, Sobey's Liquor & Thumbprint Craft Beer Market in Airdrie.

 Sherbrooke Liquor's (2018 Retailer of the Year) Stephen Bezan with Bob MacDonald (LiquorConnect.com)

Sherbrooke Liquor's (2018 Retailer of the Year) Stephen Bezan with Bob MacDonald (LiquorConnect.com)

LiquorConnect.com Restaurant/Pub of the Year: Cilantro & Chive (Lacombe)

There were 36 pubs and restaurants from all over the province mentioned by the voters for this award, which recognizes the most supportive and enthusiastic restaurant or pub serving Alberta Beer. Thanks to all nominees, especially our other top vote-getters: Pig & Duke in Calgary, Beer Revolution in Calgary & Edmonton, Arcadia in Edmonton, National in Calgary and Craft Beer Market in Calgary and Edmonton.

 Rieley and Kim Kay of Cilantro and Chive (2018 Restaurant/Pub of the Year) with Bob MacDonald of LiquorConnect.com

Rieley and Kim Kay of Cilantro and Chive (2018 Restaurant/Pub of the Year) with Bob MacDonald of LiquorConnect.com

ATB Financial Community Builder of the Year (Partners): Stephen Bezan, Sherbrooke Liquor & Bob Sutton, Rahr Malting

Which person, working for an industry partner (suppliers, distributors, retailers, pubs, etc.), contributed most to the development of the industry in 2017? This person should exhibit the following characteristics: Collaborative, Generous & Enthusiastic.

There were 37 different individuals from many different parts of the industry mentioned by the voters for this award. We send our appreciation to many people, especially our top vote-getters: Rieley Kay, Matt Hamill and Rob Swiderski.

 2018 Community Builders of the Year (Partners) Stephen Bezan and Bob Sutton with Terry Rock (ASBA Executive Director) and ATB's Landon Feser.

2018 Community Builders of the Year (Partners) Stephen Bezan and Bob Sutton with Terry Rock (ASBA Executive Director) and ATB's Landon Feser.

ATB Financial Community Builder of the Year (Breweries): Jim Button, Village Brewery

Which person, working for an Alberta brewery, contributed most to the development of the industry in 2017?
This person should exhibit the following characteristics: Collaborative, Generous & Enthusiastic.

There were 44 different individuals from a few dozen breweries noted by the voters for this award. Names that came up most often include Liz Karman (Big Rock Brewery), Colin McLean (Banded Peak Brewing), Shane Groendahl (Blindman Brewing), Greg Zeschuk (Blind Enthusiasm Brewing) and Graham Sherman (Tool Shed Brewing).

 ATB Financial's Landon Feser with 2018 Community Builder of the Year (Breweries) Jim Button of Village Brewery and ASBA's Terry Rock.

ATB Financial's Landon Feser with 2018 Community Builder of the Year (Breweries) Jim Button of Village Brewery and ASBA's Terry Rock.