It was an unforgettable weekend for the owners of Tatamagouche Brewing Company.
Not only did Christiane Jost and Matt Kenny marry and celebrate with friends and family, their product also scored big at the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards.
The couple married Friday and celebrated at the brewery on Saturday. It seemed like the best a weekend could get. But the following day, the brewery walked away with a total of seven medals at the awards dinner and gala – four gold, two silver, and one bronze.
If that wasn’t enough, the brewery was also named Atlantic Canada Brewery of the Year.
Taking home gold medals were Giantess Barleywine in North American Style Specialty Ale; Square One Saison for European style specialty ale; Feronia in experimental beer; and the beer made for the couple’s nuptials – Bliss – in the sour beer category.
The silver medals included North Shore Lagered Ale for German Style Specialty Ale; and Dry Hopped Lagerhosen for North American Style Specialty Ale.
Bringing home the bronze was Soaked Berliner Weisse in the sour beer category.
“Our parents thought we were nuts to go to Halifax and the awards dinner after such a busy week” said Jost, in a press release, “but the brewing industry in Atlantic Canada is so much like family.”
“We were hoping to maybe take home a medal or two but nothing like this” added Kenny, the company’s brewer.
The Tatamagouche Brewing Company was first opened in June 2014 in a converted butcher shop and library in the financial district of downtown Tatamagouche.
Managed and run by Kenny and Jost, the tiny brewery welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to the North Shore of Nova Scotia each year.
The 2018 Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards had 52 breweries and cider houses competing throughout Atlantic Canada with 376 submissions being evaluated by 26 judges for 15 different categories. Atlantic Canada has the most breweries per capita for any region in Canada with more than 120 and counting.
The Tatamagouche Brewing Company’s Giantess Barley Wine, Bliss Mixed Fermentation Saison, Square One Saison, and North Shore Lagered Ale are available at the brewery itself on 235 Main St., or online at www.tatabrew.com.