ONHops Brewoff

About the Competition

After more than a century, hops are making a comeback in Ontario agriculture. In 2012, the Ontario Hop Grower's Association was launched to serve as a non-profit association of organic and conventional growers in Ontario. Their mandate includes acting as a central voice and advocacy group for the industry; promoting hop-growing fundamentals through education, research, promotion, and marketing; and setting up a database of relevant growing and management information specifically for Ontario. Microbreweries are interested in using local hops to create unique brews, such as harvest ales. In addition, Niagara College's Brewmaster course is supplying Ontario with a new generation of brewers who are discovering that Ontario hops are a viable option. Hop production in Ontario has grown steadily since then.

The ONHops Brew Off (formally The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition) was conceived to bring together Ontario hop producers and the most significant end-user of the crop, the Ontario brewing industry. The goals are to:

  • Create a credible venue for hop growers and brewers to work together and encourage commerce.
  • Introduce the next generation of Ontario brewers to the hop growing community.
  • Promote the use of Ontario-grown hops.

Rules and Entry Information

Download the 2022 Competition Rules
How to pack and ship entries
Competition Checklist

Past Winners & Beer Styles

Beer Style: Imperial (double) IPA
1st Place: Great Lakes Brewery (Etobicoke) & VQH Farms (Eden)
2nd Place: Steel Wheel Brewery (Brantford) & The Bickle Farm – Valley Hops (Port Hope)
3rd Place: Concession Road Brewing Co (Jarvis) & McConkey Farms Hop Company (St. George)

Beer Style: New England IPA
1st Place: Muddy York Brewing Company & VQH Farms
2nd Place: Great Lakes Brewery & VQH Farms
3rd Place: Upper Thames Brewing Company & The Tavistock Hop Company

Beer Style: Black IPA
1st Place: Great Lakes Brewery & VQH Farms
2nd Place: Elora Brewery & CanAussie Farms Inc.
3rd Place: Brock Street Brewing Company & Chlodowig Farm

Beer Style: Belgian IPA
1st Place: New Limburg & Hayhoe Hops & King Lake Farms
2nd Place: Walkerville Brewery & King Lake Farms & Hayhoe Hops & VQH Farms
3rd Place: Wellington Brewery & Hayhoe Hops
Honorable Mention: Muddy York & VQH Farms

Beer Style: American Amber Ale
1st Place: The Exchange Brewery
2nd Place (Tie):Trafalgar Ales and Meads & King Lake Farms
2nd Place (Tie):Abe Erb Brewing Co. & Tavistock Hop Company
Honourable Mention: Brock Street Brewing

Beer Style: Robust Porter
1st Place: The Olde Stone Brewing Company & Slow Acres Organics
2nd Place: Garden Brewers & Buttrum's Family Farm
3rd Place: Nick Bobas. Student, NC Teaching Brewery

Beer Style: Brown Ale
1st Place: The Blue Elephant & Carolinian Hop Yard
2nd Place: Get Well Brewing & Nation Hops
3rd Place: The Olde Stone Brewing Company & Slow Acres Organics

Beer Style: American IPA
1st Place: Duggan's Brewery & Heritage Hill Organics
2nd Place: Black Creek Historic Brewery & South Coast Hops
3rd Place: Steam Whistle Brewery & Meadowsweet Farm