WATERLOO, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - Brick Brewing Company (TSX: BRB) continues to be recognized for the quality of its beer with four medals won at the 2011 Ontario Brewing Awards. This esteemed competition was held on Tuesday, May 10 at the Dominion on Queen and included 131 entries, all competing within 22 different categories from 24 different Ontario breweries.

Brick's Red Baron Premium Blonde Lager, won the gold medal for best North American style lager. This success follows last year's gold medal for Red Baron at the Canadian Brewing awards. Red Baron Lime received it's first ever award, with silver in the flavoured beer category. Laker Honey received the Peoples Choice award for the second year in a row while Waterloo Dark received a silver medal in the dark lager category.

"The people who drink our beers deserve the best beer we can possibly make for them" said Bill Henry, Director of Brewing and Quality for Brick Brewing Company.  "These awards suggest we're on the right track, and in a strange way, make us want to work even harder" added Henry.

Waterloo Dark was also honoured with an additional medal from the 2011 Monde Selection from the International Institute for Quality Selections - an organization comprised of leading chemical engineers at the Meurice Institute in Brussels, Belgium. The Institute has developed a unique expertise to test and analyze consumer goods and is recognized as the indisputable guarantee of quality to the consumer. Waterloo Dark was awarded Gold by this discriminating Institute.

"Brick Brewing Company has received over 68 brewing and quality awards, many of which have been won in the last few years" said Sean Dennis, Director of Marketing for Brick Brewing Company.

"During the years, consumers have continued to gravitate towards beer that is distinct and different" said Roger Mittag founder and president of Canada's leading beer education company, Thirst For Knowledge. "Some say, you can attribute these trends towards the public's desire to drink better quality beer and these awards are designed to enhance, embrace and recognize just that" added Mittag.

"It's easy to lose track of a simple foundation for customer satisfaction: sell a quality product at a reasonable price" said George Croft, President and CEO of Brick Brewing Company. "I think there have been recent times when our beer industry lost sight of those two beacons. I'm very proud of the hardworking team here who made these achievements possible and happier still that these awards affirm we are giving our beer drinkers products of extraordinary quality" said Croft. "Our success at the Ontario Brewing Awards is a humbling accomplishment" added Croft.

About Brick Brewing

Brick Brewing Co. Limited is Ontario's largest Canadian-owned and Canadian-based publicly held brewery. The Company is a regional brewer of award winning premium quality and value beers. The Company, founded in 1984, was the first craft brewery to start up in Ontario, and is credited with pioneering the present day craft brewing renaissance in Canada. Brick has complemented its Waterloo brand premium craft beers with other popular brands such as Laker, Red Baron, Red Cap and Formosa Springs Draft. Brick trades on the TSX under the symbol BRB. Visit us at

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Sean Dennis Director of Marketing Brick Brewing Co Limited, at (519) 576-9100 ext 242