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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pacific Western Brewery Proudly Introduces Limited Edition Pacific “Schwarzbock”

Vancouver, BC


Pacific Western Brewery is introducing a new style of beer to its popular “Pacific Pilsner” brand.

Peter Boettcher, Pacific Western’s certified German brewmaster created and brewed this malt beer to celebrate the success of Pacific Pilsner and the brewery’s tradition of creating quality, accessibly priced beers for discerning beer lovers.


Pacific Schwarzbock is available at private beer and wine stores throughout B.C. in specially boxed, individual bottles commemorating the 20th year of ownership by the brewery’s President and CEO Kazuko Komatsu. The limited edition packages feature pine beetle wood and collector-edition, swing-top glass bottles and are available in a very limited quantity for $8.99 each.


“I am extremely pleased and honoured to share the celebration of 20 years’ of ongoing quality improvement and teamwork to create outstanding beers for British Columbians to savour and enjoy through the launch of Pacific Schwarzbock,” said Ms. Kazuko Komatsu, President and CEO of Pacific Western Brewery.


The name “Schwarzbock” derives from the German word for black (“schwarz”) and strong beer (“bock”). Pacific Schwarzbock is true to German-style bocks, with an alcohol content of 8%, yet remarkably drinkable with no alcohol taste but a nice warm body that beer connoisseurs are looking for.


Pacific Schwarzbock is brewed with just enough black malts to give the beer its deep black color without tasting burned. In fact, to the contrary, Pacific Schwarzbock has a nice velvety body with lots of warm mouth feel. The black malts come through just enough to provide a subtle hint of coffee notes.


“This Schwarzbock is a beer to sip in the comfort of some good friends or while listening to your favorite music. It’s great on its own, with savoury food, or you can even enjoy it as a dessert—either by itself or with some decadent chocolate or vanilla ice-cream and your favorite cake,” said Boettcher.


Legend has it that the original recipe for Pacific Schwarzbock was lost for centuries and was recently rediscovered and recreated by the fine craftspeople at Pacific Western Brewery.

Peter Boettcher has over 25 years’ brewing experience, having received an honors bachelor’s degree in brewing science from Doemens World Brewing Academy in Munich in 1992, after gaining hands-on brewing experience at breweries in Steinach, Rothaus in Germany and Heineken of Switzerland. He joined Pacific Western Brewery in early 2010.


LCBO Closings on Labour Day

Toronto, ON

All LCBO stores will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 5 and resume business on Tuesday, September 6.

Many LCBO stores in cottage and resort areas will stay open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2. All LCBO stores will observe their normal business hours on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4.

LCBO agency stores may be open on Labour Day, provided local municipalities do not object. Agency stores are locally-owned retail establishments authorized by the LCBO to sell beverage alcohol, along with other retail products, in communities that are too small to support LCBO stores.

All LCBO offices, including LCBO Customer Service, will be closed on Labour Day. Customers should check for individual store hours with their local LCBO store or online at www.lcbo.com using the 'Store Search' feature. They can also contact the toll-free, bilingual LCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-ONT-LCBO (668-5226) or online at www.lcbo.com/service. In Toronto, call 416 365-5900. The TTY number for people who are deaf and hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291.

The LCBO reminds everyone to please drink responsibly and to never consume alcohol when driving or boating. A summer-themed, Deflate the Elephant social responsibility TV commercial will air across Ontario on major stations in advance of Labour Day. In addition, a new alcohol-free Mocktail demonstration video and new responsible hosting tips are available at www.deflatetheelephant.com.

Please bring a reusable bag when shopping at the LCBO and take your empty beverage alcohol containers (large and small glass bottles, PET plastic, Tetra Pak cartons, bag-in-box and cans) to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Golden Tap Award Winners Announced

Toronto, ON

On Saturday evening at beerbistro in Toronto, the winners of the 2011 Golden Tap Awards were announced. This awards event is run annually by Cass Enright, founder of The Bar Towel, a website and forum dedicated to the Ontario craft brewing scene.

The winners were as follows (selected by an open online vote);

  • Best Microbrewery in Ontario – Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company, Vankleek Hill
  • Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario – Granite Brewery, Toronto
  • Best Bar for Draught Beer Selection in Ontario – Bar Volo, Toronto
  • Best Bar for Bottled Beer Selection in Ontario – Bar Volo, Toronto
  • Best Bar for Cask Ale in Ontario – Bar Volo, Toronto
  • Best Brewpub or Tied House in Ontario – Granite Brewery, Toronto
  • Best Regularly-Produced Beer in Ontario – Beau’s Lug-Tread Lagered Ale, Vankleek Hill
  • Best Seasonal or Specialty Beer in Ontario – Black Oak Ten Bitter Years, Toronto
  • Best Cask Ale in Ontario – Granite Hopping Mad, Toronto
  • Best Beer of the Festival (based on votes at the event) - Bar Towel 10th Anniversary Belgo-CASScadian Dark Ale (a one-off collaboration beer brewed at Great Lakes Brewery by a few dozen Bar Towel members, in honour of the Bar Towel discussion forum’s 10th anniversary)

Four Editor’s Circle awards were handed out to recognize significant achievements in the Ontario beer industry. The Editor’s Circle awards were determined by Enright and a panel of Bar Towel members;

Monday, August 29, 2011

Beau’s new Strong, Dark Wheat Beer Available this Week in LCBO

Ottawa, ON


Murky and a strong 6.8%, fall seasonal “Dunkel Buck” not your typical wheat beer


Select LCBO stores will begin stocking a new, limited-release beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company this week. The beer is a Dunkel Weizenbock, which is a strong, dark version of a traditional Bavarian wheat beer — the style suits the cooler weather Autumn brings. In addition to selling this new creation direct from the onsite retail store at the brewery, Beau’s is also releasing a few hundred cases to about 25 LCBO stores, where it will sell as a single-serve 600 ml bottle priced at $7.85.


“To date, the only way people could buy our Wild Oats beers was to take a trip out to our brewery, so this is super-exciting for us,” says Steve Beauchesne, who co-founded the brewery with his father, Tim, in 2006. “We love the idea that people in different parts of the province will be able to pick this new beer up at their local LCBO store. It’s a game-changer for sure,” he says.


The beer, dubbed “Dunkel Buck,” is part of Beau’s Wild Oats series, which is dedicated to exploring the bold flavours and exciting aromas of challenging styles of beer. The cloudy, unfiltered beer displays intriguing clove and banana aromas. The flavours follow, adding in a chocolate/mocha undercurrent to the mix. The beer finishes dry with a slightly tart spiciness, and the alcohol is moderately warming. It can be pleasantly paired with Weisswurst, smoked salmon and cream cheese, or vanilla ice cream.


Beau’s All Natural was asked by the LCBO to create a fall seasonal for this feature release, which will run until October 8 or while supplies last. The promotion is designed to highlight Ontario Craft Brewers members’ best fall seasonal offerings. Look for Dunkel Buck on LCBO shelves this week, shoulder to shoulder with creative offerings from Great Lakes Brewing, Grand River Brewing, and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. A complete list of LCBO stores carrying the Dunkel Buck will be available soon online at www.beaus.ca.

Phillips 10th Anniversary Beer Released

Victoria, BC

Ten years in the making, Phillips Brewing is celebrating this milestone with a special brew (of course!).

"To celebrate 10 amazing years of crafting beer in Victoria, we are releasing a 3 Litre 10% Impreial IPA bomb!

We decided to go all the way with a silkscreened label on champagne glass complete with a cork, presented in a whisky-style box. They are very limited edition so if you want one, be sure to grab it quick!! We’re selling these little pieces of Phillips’ history for $50.

This Friday you can also come down to the brewery at 2010 Government Street in Victoria before 5, pick yours up, and put your name in a draw to win a Phillips’ 10 year prize pack including the 3 Litre monster!

Happy Anniversary!! As always, thanks for supporting your local brewery."

Oh to be stuck in Ontario again...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Got Loose Change?

Mississauga, ON

World Vision to partner with The Beer Store coin box program

Leading relief, development and advocacy organization World Vision is partnering with 400 of The Beer Store location's coin box programs.

Just in time for the last long weekend of the summer you can donate at your fingertips. When you check out at participating Beer Store locations you have the opportunity to get involved and add your dollar and 'cents' to the Horn of Africarelief coin boxes.

With so much variety to choose from, The Beer Store has the perfect cause for you. The coin box program runs from September 01 to September 30. The Government of Canada is matching all donations made to World Vision Canada and other registered Canadian charities for the Horn of Africa until September 16, 2011, effectively doubling the life-saving value of any donation.

WV is actively involved in providing emergency support to people in the drought-affected areas of the Horn of Africa. Activities include:

  • Food and nutritional support for malnourished children.
  • Distributing non-food supplies, such as mosquito nets, sanitation equipment and cooking utensils to thousands of Somali refugees in camps in Kenya and southern Somalia.
  • Efforts in northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia and in the Puntland and Somaliland regions of northern Somalia, where there has been no significant rainfall for the past two years.

The Beer Store was established in 1927 and takes corporate responsibility seriously. They make sure that every beer they sell is a responsible sale - whether it's through their "We ID 25" program or refusing to sell to intoxicated customers. In 2007 alone, they refused service to 111,000 individuals at their retail locations.

World Vision is grateful for the generosity that Canadians have shown to children and families who are in desperate need.

Visit The Beer Store to donate. Please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

"I'm grateful for the generosity that Canadians are continuing to show from coast-to-coast." -Dave Toycen, President and CEO, World Vision Canada

Pointe-à-Callière's 18th-Century Public Market

Montreal, QC

Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History invites you to

Pointe-à-Callière's 18th-Century Public Market

Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday August 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FREE EVENT

On place Royale and in the area around the Museum

A not-to-be-missed event in Old Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière's 18th-Century Public Market offers a unique weekend-long experience for anyone up for some fun at a festive marketplace featuring food, products, and presentations that provide a glimpse of daily life during the French Regime. The event takes place in Place Royale, the site of Montréal's very first public marketplace.

Strolling among the many stalls at Pointe-à-Callière's Public Market, visitors will be able to find products that are typical of the 18th century, and stock up on a variety of provisions: wild fruit jellies and jams, chocolate truffles, maple products, cheeses, herbs, mead, fruit spirits, cider, handmade soap and, of course, Pointe-à-Callière's famous spruce beer. The Market also features kiosks offering honey, pine gum, field berries and blueberries, ground cherries, hemp products, and vinegars.

Characters in period costume—including the Governor of La Jonquière, the thief, the bailiff, the barber-surgeon, natives, and soldiers from a military regiment quartered at Pointe-à-Callière—will enthusiastically liven up the public square all weekend long. Among others to watch for is the sheep shearer, whose work is sure to thrill the kids. Everywhere throughout the site, storytellers, musicians, and craftspeople will dazzle visitors with their know-how. Also, right in the heart of the festivities, visitors can speak to historian Jacques Lacoursière who will take great delight in sharing his knowledge of New France. Several Public Market activities are geared to children, who will have a chance to dress up in the styles of New France and take part in a military parade.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beau’s All Natural Brewery 4-Pack Wins Design Award

Ottawa, ON

Distinctive beer package recognized with an award from Applied Arts Magazine

Beau’s All Natural Brewing has added another award to their list of accolades — this time not for the beer, but for the packaging. The signature 4-pack Beau’s launched in 2010 was selected to receive a design award from Applied Arts magazine, a Canadian trade publication for the industry. The recognition is in the Wine/Beer/Spirits category.

The Beau’s All Natural 4-pack is certainly unique in the brewing industry, where the typical 6, 12 or 24 carrier for 341 ml industry-standard bottles dominates. It features four custom 600 ml brown glass bottles embossed with the Beau’s logo, tied with a simple ribbon decorating a cardboard carrier. The thick cardboard is die-cut and two-colour print, and features information about the packaging and the brewery, collector’s points, and even contact information for local cab companies.

“The Beau’s brand, to me, has come to represent the people who work here,” says creative director Jordan Bamforth, who conceptualized the design. “When you look at what we put out there, it’s modest, unpretentious, the materials are unconventional – and there’s real a sense of fun to it,” he adds.


The package also emphasizes environmental sustainability, with 17.3 % more beer than a 6-pack, and less waste because fewer bottles, labels and caps are used. Additionally, the 4-pack features treeless paper labels, crown cap bottles (which can be used more times than twist-offs), and non-bleached cardboard that is 100% recycled (75% post-consumer) and totally recyclable.


With two decades of awards experience, the Applied Arts Awards are one of the industry’s most prestigious recognitions of creative excellence. “We are thrilled that Jordan’s design talent is being recognized, and so glad he is part of the Beau’s team,” says Steve Beauchesne, who founded the brewery with his father in 2006.

Junction Craft Brewing Set to Launch Next Week

Toronto, ON

With the craft beer market exploding to capture the largest gains in alcohol sales, Toronto has been no slouch in providing a hot bed for this expansion. One of the newest breweries set to launch next week is Junction Craft Brewing. Named after a Toronto neighbourhood that was founded in 1884, Junction Craft Brewing President Tom Paterson and Brewmaster Doug Penegelly are getting ready with to let the public taste their initial offering, Conductor's Craft Ale. A Pale Ale with a complex hop character that gets more complex as you enjoy it.

Tom opened La Hacienda on Toronto’s Queen Street West in 1988, serving real Mexican food and craft beer. (“What there was of it back then.”) Ten years later he opened his second restaurant, The Paddock Tavern, an old juke joint from the 1940s that had fallen into complete ruin. One of the craft beers he carried at The Paddock was made by Doug Pengelly. The two hit it off and the foundations for Junction Craft Brewing were laid. When not working or ferrying his kids around town, Tom can be found playing hockey or guitar with his band Stormbringer.

Doug studied chemistry at Carleton University, got into home brewing, and then got so into brewing. He completed the brewmaster program at U.C. Davis. A member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, he set up Saint Andre Brewing in 1999 to brew commercially. Doug works as a consultant and is a teacher in the brewmaster program at Niagara College. Interested in “how things work”, he bakes his own sourdough bread, restores old French Citroën autos, makes his own circuit boards, and is handy with a welding torch.

Keep your eyes peeled for event all over Toronto next week. This Pale Ale sounds promising.Looking forward to tasting it!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Samuel Adams - Summer Ale

5.5% ABV

"Bright and citrusy, brewed with Grains of Paradise.


Samuel Adams® Summer Ale is an American wheat ale. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these flavors come together to create a thirst quenching, clean finishing beer perfect for those warm summer days"

The Pour

This ale pours a beautiful bright golden yellow with a thin white head.

The Aroma

The Aroma is very light on this one,almost too light. There a very small hint of bread and lemons.

The Taste

The taste is very light and refreshing. There are definite notes of citrus coming from the lemon and the hops. It has a light mouth feel and lemon finish.

Overall impressions

Although I am not a fan of the big brewery lime craze this is very different. This is a well crafted ale brewed with lemon instead of a cheap lager covered up with lime. This is a perfect hot day beer with a clean taste. I would rate this beer a 8 out of 10.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Flying Monkeys to Release Exclusive Ale in London

London, ON

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie has started brewing a beer exclusively for the Windermere Manor, an event space and hotel near the University of Western Ontario in London.

Honey Stung Ale, is made using honey from the Manor's 23 beehives. The hotel uses the honey in their kitchen, gives small bottles to their guests, and sell it, so it only made sense to add it to their beer (honey is 100% fermentable after all!).

Honey Stung Ale is available now at Windermere Manor for $6.50 (plus tax) a pint. Branded glassware is also available for sale.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Muskoka Brewery to Release Harvest Ale

Bracebridge, ON

Now in it's third year of release, the Muskoka Brewery is set to release this years Harvest Ale on September 1, 2011. This will be available for sale at the brewery as well as some select LCBO stores.

"Muskoka Harvest Ale was our brewery’s pioneering venture into seasonal beers. Now in its third year, our Harvest Ale marks the end of the growing season and the process of gathering mature crops from the fields.

Dry hopped and brewed using a selection of premium local ingredients, this ale has a rich malt backbone and a subtle grassy character reminiscent of the freshly cut harvest. It’s our way of celebrating another prosperous growing season. And we’re proud to share it with you."

ABV: 6.4%

OCB Series - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery - Smashbomb Atomic IPA

6.0% ABV
70 IBU's

"Holy Hop, Batman, this beer has aroma." Hops are casted nine different times, it’s a breath-deep-and-shudder-with-pleasure kind of scent that’s all from the Citra hops. With a high alpha acid of 11%, Citra has a cacauphony of flavours and aromas --Citrus, passion fruit, grapefruit, lime, melon, lychee fruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya – and dominates this beer. Smashbombs olfactory tropical explosion shockwaves your face every time you lift the meringue foam towards you. It’s like the ecru-coloured top of a beer pie before it gives up and grips the glass. You can see the Victory malt’s signature in the amber lights in what is primarily a deep golden beer. And, yes, don’t be fooled --there’s malt going on here, too, as you’ll see in the firey body of this ale that makes Smashbomb Atomic look like it radiates its own energy. With the first taste, Smashbomb’s 70 IBUs are pronounced. This brew is a little bitter, but bitter like a grapefruit with three tablespoons of sugar on top. It’s also incredibly drinkable. The oddity that’ll keep you tipping the glass is that as this citrus peel front subsides, you actually gleen the sweet flavours of the Victory and Crystal malts. Then, as the bread-puddin’ bicuity sweetness of the malts are chased by the dry, tropical flavour of Citra and the fruit punch bouquet is all in your face with each sip, it’s all is so damn intriguing, you’ll be driven to keep on sampling...and sampling."

The Pour

Nice pouring IPA with a copper/orange colour. Two fingers of off white, khaki head crown the beer. Decent carbonation on the glass.

Aroma

Nice citrus aroma. Big grapefruit, papaya and melon are very present along with some malt sweetness. Some biscuit and breadiness make for decent balance on the nose. Quite nice.

Taste

As the beer washes over the mouth, the grapefruit gives a pleasant kick to let you know you have a flavourful beer. As it calms, the biscuity malt sweetness comes though. The overall finish is a pleasant bitterness, leaving a appetizingly refreshing dryness.

Overall Impressions

While not the first time I've enjoyed this particular offering from the Flying Monkey's, this was the first time in a bottle. I must say, I am glad they sorted out all of the issues with the LCBO trying to ban it. This is an incredibly solid IPA, especially for those that love the big citrus flavours (Thank you Citra hops!). At 6% ABV, you can enjoy many without feeling bad in the morning. Super fresh, this particular batch was bottled on August 17, 2011, only days ago. If you like hoppy IPA's as much as I do, this beer is one to grab when you see it in the store. The last shipment to the LCBO sold out in a week or so. A very solid beer for the summer! An "A" for sure.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brick Brewing offers Ontario beer drinkers a Chance at Winning a New 2011 Ram Truck

Waterloo, ON

Brick Brewing Company (TSX: BRB) announced today that they are giving Ontario beer drinkers a chance to win a NEW 2011 RAM 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4 truck in what's called the LAKER BEER WIN A RAM TRUCK CONTEST.

"This sweeps promotion is just one of many new initiatives Brick Brewing Company is taking in 2011" said Sean Dennis, Director of Marketing at Brick Brewing Co Limited. "Other firsts this year include giving Ontario beer drinkers a free tall can of Laker beer inside Laker Lager and Laker Light 24 bottle packs" adds Dennis.

Included with every specially marked case of Laker Lager is a PIN, that when entered at makeralaker.com automatically enters consumers into the Laker beer Win a RAM truck contest. Six finalists will be drawn and will attend a public event chosen by Brick Brewing Company where they will each be assigned one of six keys. The lucky individual who starts the Grand Prize will be declared the winner and will drive away with a NEW 2011 RAM 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4.

"This is a great example of the many unique ways we're finding to thank Ontario beer drinkers for their support and for their business" said George Croft, President and CEO of Brick Brewing Co Limited. "We truly feel that this contest in addition to the free tall can of Laker beer included inside each twenty-four bottle pack, is arguably the best beer offer in Ontario" added Croft.

The contest begins today Aug. 18th and ends Nov. 18th, 2011. All contest details can be found at makeralaker.com.

LCBO Customer Survey Shows Ontarians "Going Local" When Buying Wines And Beer

Toronto, ON

A recent LCBO customer survey shows many Ontario consumers are going local with their wine and beer purchases. Of 2,505 people surveyed by telephone in February and March of this year, 64 per cent said they had purchased an Ontario wine in the past three months and 57 per cent said they had bought either a mainstream domestic beer or Ontario craft beer in the past 30 days.

The results are consistent with LCBO sales trends which show Ontario VQA table wine sales grew by almost 15 per cent in 2010-11 versus 2009-10, the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth. Imported wine sales during the same period were up 6.6 per cent.

"Working with LCBO to promote the "go local" trend, VQA wines have become the frontrunner in sales growth and the natural choice for wine drinkers seeking quality, versatility and value," says Hillary Dawson, President, Wine Council of Ontario. "We're optimistic that this trend will continue through the fall and into the holiday season."

VQA table wine sales are currently up almost 13 per cent since April 1 this year, in advance of LCBO's annual Ontario wine promotion (September 11 to October 8) which traditionally has further boosted VQA sales.

LCBO sales of VQA wine exceeded $100 million in 2010-11.

LCBO supports Ontario VQA wines with additional shelf space in its stores, increased product listings, staff training and year-round promotional activities.

"The success of VQA wines also speaks to the craftsmanship of Ontario winemakers who produce high-quality, versatile, award-winning wines,"notes Bob Downey, LCBO Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "Ontario wineries have also developed appealing new brands with attractive packaging and innovative marketing."

Ontario craft beer continues to be the fastest-growing LCBO beer segment with sales in 2010-11 up almost 53 per cent.

"A growing number of LCBO customers are choosing to "go local" with Ontario craft beers because of their premium quality and distinctive styles," adds Downey.

Many LCBO stores feature prominent displays for OCB products and trained staffs in select stores promote Ontario craft beers with their customers.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tickets Now on Sale for 7th Annual Cask Days!

Toronto, ON

Tickets are now available for the 7th annual edition of Cask Days, Canada’s premier cask beer festival.

Now, too large for founding pub barVolo, the event is being held for the first time at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus.

With more than 50 casks available for sampling, breweries from across Canada will be represented, including Amsterdam Brewing, Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Great Lakes Brewery, Dieu Du Ciel!, Benelux, Central City Brewing, House Ales, Brasserie Hopfenstark, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Black Oak Brewing, Granite Brewery, Barley Days Brewing and F&M Brewery.

There will also be a number of advance events in Toronto and elsewhere, starting with a Cask Days section at Beau’s Oktoberfest on September 30th to October 2nd.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bell's Brewery - Kalamazoo Stout

6% ABV

"Kalamazoo Stout represents stouts in the Bell's year-round roster, offering a blend of dark chocolate and coffee flavors with just a hint of brewer's licorice. One of our oldest recipes, it balances a significant hop presence against the roast malt body"

The Pour

This stout pours midnight black with one inch course head. The mocha coloured head falls away to lacing quickly.

The Aroma

The aroma is quite pronounced with heavy coffee, smoke and some mild licorice notes.

The Taste

The taste was very heavy on the toasted malt and slightly sweet. The finish was very complex with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, licorice and finishes with a nice coffee note. A little alcohol is present due to the 6% ABV but not over done.

Overall impressions

Stouts are my favourite and this one is a great representation of an American stout. This is a very complex stout with many layers. If you are looking to take your next step beyond Guinness this would be a nice start. I would rate this stout a 9 out of 10.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dogfish Head - 60 Minute IPA

6% ABV
60 IBU's

"Our 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped - more than 60 hop additions over a 60 minute boil (getting a vibe yet of where the name came from?). 60 Minute is a session India Pale Ale brewed with a slew of great NorthWest hops. A powerful, but balanced East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. The session beer for hardcore beer enthusiasts!"


The Pour

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, this IPA has a wonderful golden orange sunburst-like colour. With two fingers of fluffy white head, there is plenty of carbonation streaming off of the glass. Nice looking beer.

Aroma

Nice hints of citrus and pine. Some malt notes and cereal grains also present. There is also a sweetness that comes through. Very rich and pleasant smelling for sure.

Taste

Right away your mouth is rewarded with the citrus and pine flavours. There is a pleasant earthiness to the back of the mouth. Definitely has some sweetness over the middle of the tongue. Not overly bitter, with a nice medium mouthfeel that starts to dry in the finish.

Overall Impressions

This is probably the one beer that put Dogfish Head on the map. Not as "Off Centered" as some of their offerings, and very true to style. This is a fantastic beer to enjoy all summer long when you are looking for some of that citrusy, thirst quenching goodness. This is a well balanced and solid beer. Continuously hopped, this is probably the most famous East Coast IPA and for good reason. I would give it an A . Very tasty indeed!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Win a Steam Whistle Oktoberfest Experience!

Toronto, ON

Join Us in Celebrating the World Class Tradtions of Oktoberfest

It's going to be a day to remember, and to help make sure that you make it down to the Brewery on September 17, we're giving you and a friend a chance to Win the Ultimate Steam Whistle Oktoberfest Experience.

The prize pack includes: 2 Tickets to Oktoberfest, 2 nights accomodation at the Holiday Inn Toronto, beer tasting, beer dinner and Airfare for our friends in Alberta!

WIN




Black Creek Historic Brewery to Release 1 Mile Beer


Toronto, ON

Forget the 100 mile diet!

Black Creek Historic Brewery has announced plans to create their first “One-Mile Beer,” which will be brewed using both hops and barley grown on site. It’s believed to be the first beer of its kind to be brewed in North America since pioneer times.

Check out the video below, Ed Koren (Black Creek brewmaster ) describes this amazing project.




Saturday, August 13, 2011

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout to be Bottled



Grand Rapids, MI

It has been rumoured for some time that this would eventually be bottled, and proof has finally arrived.

Also known as CBS, this version of the beer is aged in bourbon barrels though other past versions have also been aged in whiskey barrels.

This will be released in 750mL bottles, presumably as part of the Backstage Series.

"The company is not revealing the entire lineup, but Engbers said it would consist of many of the “popular one-offs” that have been offered in the taproom over the years and have become favorites. “I think part of what people love about Founders, besides our beer, is that we listen to what they are saying,” says President Mike Stevens. “With our new line, now we can offer them more of what they’ve been asking for.”

The company expects to release two or three in the series this year.

If that holds true, we can expect to see this in 2011. Founders Brewing Co said that they will be announcing the next in the series in September.

With the Blushing Monk release (the first in their Backstage Series beer), bottles were limited to two per person and cost $15 each. Bottles were first come, first serve. There was also a very limited amount available for distribution.

While the CBS release may not necessarily follow suit, it would be a very welcome release for their many followers.

CBS is currently ranked the fourth best beer in the world on Beer Advocate and 15th in the world on RateBeer.


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