Central Saanich brewery strikes gold with IPA

Just six months old, Category 12 earns national attention.

Michael Kuzyk was busy pulling beers at Vancouver Craft Beer Week on the PNE grounds when he heard the news.

Category 12, the Central Saanich brewery started by Kuzyk barely six months ago, had just earned its first gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards, which were taking place at the same time in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Disruption Black IPA was judged as the best Amercain Style Black Ale in the country.

A friend at the Ontario gala texted Kuzyk, momentarily stopping the flow of beer at his booth for a round of high fives.

“It’s the big event of the year,” Kuzyk said of the national awards.

The fact he was taking part in the Vancouver festival with 100 other breweries also awaiting word from Niagara helped make the news a little sweeter.

“It’s nice to get some recognition,” said Kuzyk, who grew up on the Saanich Peninsula. “It was nice to get some acceptance into the industry.”

The Canadian Brewing Awards, held this year on June 6, received 1,250 submissions for 40 categories of beer.

Disruption, one of the beers that helped launch Category 12 last December, was a hit with Greater Victoria’s craft beer scene.

“A lot of people who love Disruption said they knew it (would win),” Kuzyk said.

Originally planned to be a fall/winter seasonal, the brewery has stopped production of Disruption for now to make way for two summer beers. However, depending on the availability of hops and finding time in the small brewery’s schedule, Kuzyk hasn’t ruled out an early run of Disruption. Current plans call for the next batch to be out in late fall.

— by Jim Zeeben, News staff

Just Posted

Victoria feels the pinch at the pump as gas prices jump 18 cents

Gas up to 157.9 cents per litre at some stations

‘Panda’ Goodlife runner searches for his head

Facebook post for help leads to ‘unconfirmed panda head sightings’

Saanich staff recommend rejecting ALR exclusion of former Royal Oak golf course

Finial decision rest with Agricultural Land Commission

Man swinging election sign threatens to kill woman in Oak Bay

Police detain aggravated man without use of taser

Former child care worker charged with Saanich sexual assault pleads guilty

Jesse Doig arrested in May, remaining in custody since

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Two Cowichan Tribes families devastated by duplex fire

Carla Sylvester sat in her vehicle, on Tuesday morning, with tears in… Continue reading

UPDATED: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in US after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

Most Read