The Golden Tap Awards are a leading awards event recognizing the best craft beer achievements in Ontario.

Now in their fifteenth year, the Golden Tap Awards is Ontario’s most democratic awards event, with all voting taking place online by the general public in the following categories:

  • Best craft brewery in Ontario
  • Best bar in Ontario for draught beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for bottled and/or canned beer selection
  • Best brewpub or tied house in Ontario
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer in Ontario
  • Best seasonal, limited release or specialty craft beer in Ontario
  • Best craft cidery in Ontario

This year sees the continuation of the Tappies, recognizing special beer achievements in Ontario reflecting the depth and creativity that exists in the craft beer scene:

  • Design Award: For the best packaging design, label artwork and branding in Ontario
  • Innovation Award: For pushing the boundaries of craft brewing the furthest in Ontario
  • Newcomer Award (Bar): For the best craft beer bar or restaurant that is new to Ontario
  • Newcomer Award (Brewery): For the best craft brewery or brewpub that is new to Ontario
  • Event Award: For the best beer event that took place in the past year in Ontario
  • Staff Award: For the best (most beer-knowledgeable, friendly) staff in Ontario
  • Beer Writer Award: For the best beer writer (print, digital or other) in Ontario
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: For the best beer in Ontario, as decided by the craft brewers themselves

Voting is free and open to the public until September 12th, 2017.  There are no nominees – you are free to vote for whomever you wish in the categories, as long as they represent craft beer.  All breweries, brewpubs, bars, restaurants and beers that exist in Ontario qualify for nomination.

Voting closes on September 12th, 2017 and winners will be announced at a gala event at beerbistro during Toronto Beer Week on Wednesday, September 20th, which is free admission and open to the public.

Editor’s Circle

The Editor’s Circle Golden Tap Awards will be handed out for significant achievements in the Ontario craft beer industry, separate from the main voting and not matching the same categories. These awards will be determined by a selection of Bar Towel members and associates.

The Editor’s Circle awards will not have set categories. They will be awards for exemplary achievements that drive craft beer in Ontario. It is possible no Editor’s Circle awards will be handed out in a particular year.

Please go to Past Winners to see the Editor’s Circle winners from previous years.

Rules

The rules of the Golden Tap Awards are simple: we want to recognize the best beer achievements in the province, as determined by the beer lovers in Ontario.

All questions are optional. Voters can choose to vote in as many or as few categories or questions that they are comfortable with.

Voters must provide their real name, a valid e-mail address and their postal code in order for their vote to count. One vote per person and per e-mail address allowed. Duplicate votes will be deleted. Any votes deemed suspicious may be deleted.

Voting runs until September 12th, 2017 at 10:00 PM. All voting takes place online at this website. No e-mail, phone or other entries will be accepted.

Winners will be announced at our Awards Event to be held Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at beerbistro in Toronto.

There is no cost associated with nomination or winning a Golden Tap Award.

The Bar Towel reserves final right to determine award winners.

Editor’s Circle

The Editor’s Circle Golden Tap Awards will be handed out for significant achievements in the Ontario craft beer industry, separate from the main voting and not matching the same categories. These awards will be determined by a selection of Bar Towel members and associates.

The Editor’s Circle awards will not have set categories. They will be awards for exemplary achievements that drive craft beer in Ontario. It is possible no Editor’s Circle awards will be handed out in a particular year.

Please go to Past Winners to see the Editor’s Circle winners from previous years.

Rules

The rules of the Golden Tap Awards are simple: we want to recognize the best beer achievements in the province, as determined by the beer lovers in Ontario.

All questions are optional. Voters can choose to vote in as many or as few categories or questions that they are comfortable with.

Voters must provide their real name, a valid e-mail address and their postal code in order for their vote to count. One vote per person and per e-mail address allowed. Duplicate votes will be deleted. Any votes deemed suspicious may be deleted.

Voting runs until September 12th, 2017 at 10:00 PM. All voting takes place online at this website. No e-mail, phone or other entries will be accepted.

Winners will be announced at our Awards Event to be held Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at beerbistro in Toronto.

There is no cost associated with nomination or winning a Golden Tap Award.

The Bar Towel reserves final right to determine award winners.

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The Golden Tap Awards is a project of The Bar Towel, Ontario's Premier Beer Resource.
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Golden Tap Awards 2015