The popularity of Kolsch is exemplified by the fact that while the ABA has judged them in the past, there weren’t enough to require their own category. Now they do. This hybrid beer is essentially an ale brewed at lager temperatures. The pride of Cologne, Germany, its light colour and subtle hoppiness make it a summer/patio favourite. Our winner, Calgary’s The Establishment’s My Best Friend’s Girl stays true to the German roots with noble hops that give it just enough bitterness to stay a cut above standard lagers. Dare we say it’s…Just What I Needed.
Best In Class
The Establishment Brewing Company – My Best Friend’s Girl
$16-18 (4-pack cans) CSPC 818449
Big Rock Rhine Stone Cowboy
$15-17 (6-pack bottles) CSPC 763932
Alley Kat Scona Gold Kolsch
$15-18 (6-pack bottles) CSPC 705220