White Sails
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The tasting room at Nanaimo's White Sails Brewing

White Sails Brewing and Mt. Begbie Brewing topped the charts in the style competition

Two B.C. breweries were big winners at the recent World Beer Awards in London—and neither hails from Vancouver, which fancies itself the province's epicentre of craft beer. Nanaimo’s White Sails Brewing took the world’s best black IPA category for its Snake Island CDA, and Revelstoke-based Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. claimed world’s best kolsch with its High Country Kolsch. White Sails previously won best-in-Canada honours for Snake Island, while Whistler Brewing Co. and Okanagan Spring Brewery did the same with their Black Tusk Ale (mild ale category) and Porter (strong porter), respectively.

White Sails and Mt. Begbie are now looking ahead to September 21, when the World Beer Awards judges will hand out eight World’s Best trophies. Fingers crossed! For the complete list of winners so far, click here.