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Friday, September 30, 2011

Green Brewery to be ‘Canada House’ For Greenbuild Conference

Toronto, ON

For the first time, the U.S. & Canada Green Building Councils have partnered to host the 10th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, October 4-7, 2011.Greenbuild will bring 25,000 professionals from over 100 countries to Toronto. In addition to 120 education sessions, Greenbuild is offering other learning and networking opportunities at its International, Affordable Housing and Green Jobs Summits, and Green Building Tours.

Greenbuild delegates also receive free admission for most activities at Canada House, hosted by the Canada Green Building Council and conveniently located at the Steam Whistle Brewery Roundhouse (adjacent to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre). There they will experience Canadian hospitality as they explore the technologies, products, services and know-how driving the green building industry.

Arguably Canada’s Greenest Brewery

Steam Whistle has a reputation as a green manufacturer, the only Canadian previously named by bloggers in the list of North America’s greenest breweries, recognized in 2009 at the Green Toronto Awards for its energy conservation and use of alternative energy forms, and in 2010 as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. Most recently, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment honoured Steam Whistle with the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Beer Drinkers can enjoy a clear-conscience while drinking this local, independent brew also awarded a Gold Medal in the BEST PILSNER category three times at the Ontario Brewing Awards.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Brewing Local Beer with Ontario's Environmental Watchdog

Toronto, ON

Brewer’s Plate Silent Auction Winners and Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario will brew a batch of Enviro Pale Ale (EPA) at Great Lakes Brewery

Mike and Francisca Quinn of Loop Initiatives, winners of an exclusive auction prize at the 2011 Brewer's Plate, will brew a 60 litre batch of authentic craft beer on Friday with the help of Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and under the guidance of Peter Bulut Jr., President and Chief Brewing Officer at Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto. The group will use Ontario-grown hops to brew an ENVIRO PALE ALE (EPA).

The beer will ferment and age for a few weeks before being ready for the Quinns and Mr. Miller to take home and sample with family, friends and food.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Thanksgiving, Pair Turkey with Craft Beer

With Thanksgiving around the corner, why not opt for something a little more inventive than Pinot Grigio with the family turkey dinner?

According to Oakville-based Cameron’s Brewing Co. brewmaster Jason Britton, Cameron’s award-winning Cream Ale is the perfect accompaniment for Thanksgiving dinner. “With all types of poultry, a lighter toned beer such as our Cameron’s Cream Ale is a great match for turkey”, according to Britton. “Cream ale offers a lighter brewed beer - refreshing with a balanced, fruity backbone.”

For next weekend ‘s family gathering, consider a 9 pack of Cameron’s as your gift. Cameron’s is available at The Beer Store, select LCBO locations and on tap at numerous bars and restaurants such as Earl’s, C’est What, Stout Irish Pub, Langdon Hall, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and more.

For more information on Cameron’s Brewing Company, please visit

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company - Siberian Night

9.7 ABV

"Siberian Night Russian Imperial Stout - Very popular and successful entry from the highly regarded, Independence-based Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Gold Medal winner at this year's Great American Beer Festival in Denver - one of two Thirsty Dog brews to capture a medal and one of only four beers from Ohio brewers to take home hardware this year.

Why hoist one: Is this the best stout brewed in the United States? The long list of medals and honors - as well as enthusiastic word-of-mouth - certainly make that case. Creamy, black brew with a light brown head gives way to intense, smoky flavors that suggest chocolate and coffee. Extraordinarily smooth for its 9 percent alcohol content."

The Pour

Pours a thick midnight black with a quarter inch mocha coloured head. Very little head retention and some nice lacing left behind.

The Aroma

The aroma is heavy with roasted malts and coffee. Also some sweet candy notes as well.

The Taste

The taste is sweet with a good dose of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. It has a full body with a creamy mouth feel and nice bitter chocolate finish.

Overall Impressions

My overall impression of this beer is why aren't they charging more money for it? This is exactly what an imperial stout should taste like. Its big, well balanced and full flavoured. This is a stout that keeps up with "big dogs". Look out Founders we have a competitor! I would rate the a 9.5 out of 10

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hell Bay Brewing Co. to Release Wet Hopped Seasonal

Cherry Hill, NS

With Autumn arriving with a vengeance, it is time for many breweries to introduce their harvest ales!

Formerly known as Rusty Anchor Brewing Co, the newly named Hell Bay Brewing Company offers a high quality local beer that is sure to satisfy anyone looking for locally made products. Their beer is made from premium malts, hops, and yeast, handcrafted in small batches to ensure freshness.

As announced through Twitter;

"Our wet hopped Farm House Harvest Ale featuring fresh hops from Meander Farms will be available this weekend in the 2l growlers".

Congratulations to those fortunate enough to be close to the brewery. It is sure to be delicious.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nova Scotia’s Most Successful Microbrewery Teams up with Nova Scotia’s Newest Micro

Halifax, NS

Halifax’s own Propeller Brewing Company has collaborated with Port Williams’ Sea Level Brewing for the first time to create a one-time release celebrating Nova Scotia’s thriving craft brewing community and Nova Scotia’s emerging hop industry.

The project was born in 2009 when Propeller’s President John Allen and Sea Level’s Owner/Brewer Randy Lawrence joked around over a pint about creating a collaborative one-off beer. The two chuckled a bit over the idea but quickly shifted from a casual pint to the serious business of making this collaboration a reality. The liquid result from their session is ALPHA%DOG Wet Hopped Collaboration Ale.

"We're really excited about this project - two local breweries coming together and using 100% local hops to create something really unique. It's a testament to what the craft brewing movement is all about" says Allen “And Randy is the wet hop beer expert in Nova Scotia” Lawrence has produced wet hop beers for over a decade in the province.

This collaboration is not the first time the two have worked together: Lawrence was brewing for Propeller in the early 2000’s and helped to develop Propeller Brewing Company’s award winning London Style Porter.

The copper coloured beer is brewed with 100% local Cascade and Willamette hops from Lazy Acres and Sea Level hop farms in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops to Propeller Brewery in Halifax where Sea Level brewer Randy Lawrence adds them to the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak.

The Propeller/Sea Level collaborative brew will be available late this summer at both the Propeller Cold Beer Store and Sea Level Brewing Company and select private liquor stores in Halifax.

Brewery Vivant - Sgt. Peppercorn Rye

6.0% ABV

"Rye pale ale. Standard rye with a touch of carmel rye produces a dry and spicy flavor with beautiful color. Green peppercorns are thrown in the kettle as a well as "dy spiced" in the fermenters for a little kick."

The Pour

Poured from a half gallon growler, this beer is a fiery orange / red in colour. A one and a half finger head consisting of tight white bubbles crowns the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming from the sides of the glass.


A very fresh nose. Spicy notes dominate with a slight bitter to sour note present. Very pleasant.


Right away there is a huge breadiness. Lots of cereal grains as well as a nice peppery spiciness. With a very light mouthfeel, this ale finishes with a slight bitterness. Interesting in a pleasant way.

Overall Impressions

In the summer we visited this brewery in Grand Rapids, MI. I had picked up a 4-pack of their Farmhouse Ale for review, but the taste got the best of me and they were all finished before I had the chance to do a formal review. Well, I wasn't going to let this tasty treat do that. My neighbour brought this back from Michigan for us to enjoy. With an emphasis on Belgian styled ales, this too was a solid beer. Very refreshing, with a stellar flavour profile. Not too heavy, and a nice light mouthfeel. A solid "B+".

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Labatt Takes Moderation Message to Campuses

Toronto, ON

Second Annual Be(er) Responsible Day Asks Students to Take the Pledge Against Drinking and Driving

Today, Labatt will ask post-secondary students to Take the Pledge against drinking and driving as part of the company's Be(er) Responsible Day. With the back-to-school season in full swing, the Take the Pledgecampaign reinforces Labatt's responsible use message with young adults as they return to universities and colleges across the country.

Teams of employees will visit university and college campuses to encourage students of legal drinking age to Take the Pledge in real time via iPads at

"With Labatt's Take the Pledge campaign we are helping set the tone for responsible drinking on campuses right at the beginning of the school year," said Charlie Angelakos, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Labatt. "We've already enlisted the support of a number of leading politicians, athletes and other well-know Canadians to Take the Pledge. Getting students to make that same commitment engages this important community of young adults."

Pledges can also be made on For each pledge made, Labatt will donate $1 to the True Patriot Love Foundation, in support of Canadian Military Families.

Be(er) Responsible Day and all Labatt's responsible use programs are part of the dream by Labatt and its sister Anheuser Busch InBev companies to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. Employees in more than 20 markets around the world will connect with customers and consumers to promote responsible enjoyment of AB InBev products and reinforce the company's commitment to moderation. In 2010, Labatt took the "don't drink and drive" message to the streets by visiting thousands of customers across the country and spreading the word.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Confirmed Casks for Beau’s Oktoberfest

It's almost time, you can hear the sounds of oompah music just over the horizon. The folks at Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. are putting the finishing touches on this year’s OKTOBERFEST! They've got so much great Food, Music, Beer & Fun lined up that they had to add an extra day to the festival! So start airing out your lederhosen and dusting off that green alpine hat because it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

Oktoberfest has sold out in years past and is sure to do so again in 2011 so advanced purchase of tickets is highly recommended.

Click here for tickets!

Confirmed Casks for Beau’s Oktoberfest;

Benelux La Cigogne (Pilsner)
Benelux Spectrum (Helles Bock)
Dieu dU Ciel Païenne Citra (Blonde)
Dieu Du Ciel! Péché Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout)
Hopfenstark Greg (American Foreign Stout)
Le Trou Du Diable MacTavish In Memoriam (American Pale Ale)

Amsterdam Maple Porter (Porter)
Barley Days Harvest Gold (English Pale Ale)
Black Oak Oaktoberfest (Marzen)
Beau’s NightMarzen (Marzen)
Beau’s 2 Weeks Notice (German Porter)
Beau’s Weiss O’ Lantern (Pumpkin Weiss)
Beau’s Smokin’ Banana Peel (Smoked Hefeweizen)
Beau’s Mr. Hyde (Roggenbier meets RyePA)
Beau’s Dr. Jekyll (Lug-Marzen Blend)
Camerons ALTari 2600 (Imperial Altbier)
Cheshire Valley Imperial Stout With Anise (Imperial Stout)
Church Key Grains of Wrath (Double IPA)
Clocktower Brewpub Red (Red Ale)
Clocktower Brewpub Pumpkin (Pumpkin Ale)
Durham’s Hophead (Golden Ale)
Flying Monkey’s Netherworld (Cascadian Dark Ale)
F&M / Stone Hammer (Imperial Brown Ale)
Grand River Pugnascious Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)
Granite Hopping Mad (American IPA)
Great Lakes Canuckelhead (Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale)
House Ales X Hip Hops Nortorious IPA (American India Pale Ale)
Kensington Brewing Co. August Ale (American Pale Ale)
Lake of Bays Mocha Porter (Porter)
Mill St. TBA
Neustadt Double Fuggle (Scottish Pale Ale)
Nickelbrook Woodstock Headstock Oaked IPA
Publican House Square Nail Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)
Wellington Arkell Best Bitter (English Best Bitter)

Be(er) Responsible Day - Take the Pledge Against Drinking and Driving

LaSalle, QC

Labatt raises young people's awareness of moderation and the dangers of drinking and driving

La Brasserie Labatt is taking advantage of today's second Global Be(er) Responsible Day to deliver a responsible-consumption message, with special efforts aimed at young people urging them to take the pledge against drinking and driving and to drink moderately.

In addition to promoting responsible drinking among young Labatt customers across Quebec, brewery employees will be meeting students on the campuses of Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Montréal and Cégep André-Laurendeau, where classes are now back in session, to raise their awareness of the dangers of excess alcohol consumption and of driving while inebriated.

"The aim of this operation is to get a written pledge from young adults not to mix alcohol and driving," said Jan Craps, Labatt's General Manager, Sales, in Quebec. "For more than 20 years, Labatt has sought to be a leader in the fight against drinking and driving and to be the country's predominant voice for moderation, especially among young adults. We are aware that we share responsibility for getting people to change, and we are working hard to deliver a positive, non-moralistic message to show that it is possible to plan the trip home and avoid ruining celebrations with unfortunate events."

On this second annual Global Be(er) Responsible Day, teams of Labatt employees will be promoting the popular new Take the Pledge campaign against drinking and driving, urging students to make an immediate written pledge via Labatt's Facebook page. "We want to reach the maximum number of young people for our message to be heard and to work together to fight the scourge of drinking and driving," Mr. Craps stated. "In recognition of each pledge, Labatt will give one dollar to our partner Operation Red Nose and the True Patriot Love Foundation, which assists Canadian military families." He noted that this commitment by Labatt is part of its Better World program that aims, in addition to promoting responsible drinking, to limit the impact of the brewery's activities on the environment and to contribute to the well-being of society.

Advertising posters in major Canadian cities will guide young adults to Labatt's responsible consumption site, at, where they can take a personal pledge not to drive after drinking.

Beau’s Oktoberfest a Finalist for “Best Ontario Tourism Experience”

Ottawa, ON

With little more than a week left until the 2011 Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest begins, Beau’s All Natural Brewing has just received word that their annual event is a finalist for a 2011 Ontario Tourism Award, in the category of “Best Ontario Tourism Experience.”

The news comes along with announcements from Beau’s that Saturday tickets for this year’s Oktoberfest are nearly gone, and more than half the tickets for the three day-festival are now sold. Just after the Oktoberfest dust settles the Ontario Tourism Awards will be handed out, on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Convention Centre in Hamilton, ON.

“‘Best Ontario Tourism Experience’ is a fantastic way to describe what the Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest offers,” says Steve Beauchesne, who co-founded Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company with his dad, Tim, in 2006. “For the nomination to come just now as we are putting the final touches on this year’s festivities is a perfect reward for all the hard work and planning that goes into making this such a fun event. It’s a real feather in our cap,” he concludes.

Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest is an annual Bavarian celebration hosted by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. This year’s event has expanded to three days of Bavarian celebration – Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 – held at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds at 92 Main St. W in Vankleek Hill. A charity fundraising event, this year the Oktoberfest is slated to raise $50,000 to benefit the Canadian Red Cross, Good Food Revolution, the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society, and additional community-building non-profit organizations.

The festival features activities for adults and children, challenges of strength and endurance, Kinderfest (a non-licensed area for families), German music and dancers, evening concerts, a Beer Expert Speakers Series, and more. Beau’s All Natural will be pouring seven different brews on tap at the festival. In addition to these, more than 30 one-off cask ales from Ontario and Quebec craft breweries will be available. Bavarian and seasonally inspired food will be prominent and plentiful at this year’s event.

General admission tickets are going fast, but are still available online at, in the brewery retail store located at 10 Terry Fox Dr. in Vankleek Hill, and at Bridgehead locations throughout Ottawa (see Three-day passes are $45 per person, one-day passes are $18 and tickets for children 18 and under are $5. Round trip bus transportation from Ottawa to the festival and back is once again available. More information is available at, or by calling the brewery at 1-866-585-BEER (2337).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

TurboTap USA: The Environment Friendly Way to Maximize Draft Beer Revenue Now on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue"

San Fransico, CA

TurboTap USA, the exclusive distributor of TurboTap products, is a regular, featured consultant to bars and restaurants across the country as part of Spike TV's series "Bar Rescue," a new show whereJohn Taffer, the show's host, gives failing bars and restaurants one last chance at success.

The TurboTap is the technology leader in controlling foam spillage and accelerating pours for draft beer. The product is being utilized in the 10-episode show that started Sunday, July 24. TurboTap USA helps maximize draft beer profits in three of the "rescued" bars; Blue Frog 22, Chicken Bone and the Canyon Inn.

"We're excited to be a part of helping these bars and working with operators to stop draft beer waste and maximize profits, while serving customers a great beer every time," said TurboTap USA CEO Michael Manion.

An average bar loses 15%-30% of each keg it sells down the drain as foam overflow. The TurboTap reduces beer loss to a minimal amount. By eliminating beer waste, the TurboTap not only improves profits, it also helps the environment by reducing the amount of resources utilized in reaching a specific level of beer consumption. A bar that improves its keg yield by only 10% and sells 4 kegs per month will see savings of approximately US$3,000.00 per year, which is a great return on a US$200.00 product.

TurboTap USA was asked to be a part of the new series as a provider of leading edge draft beer technology. TurboTap USA was able to immediately show the bars and restaurants astounding differences between their before and after the TurboTap draft beer pours. TurboTap USA's products and additional services will be regularly featured as part of the show's efforts to help failing bars and restaurants across the country.

Jon Taffer, one of the country's top restaurant and bar consultants, delves into every facet of running a bar, from creating a profitable menu, to music selection, to managing crowds, and introduces TurboTap as an optimal draft beer pouring system.

Check out for more information.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tree Brewing - Hop Head IPA

5.6% ABV

"Over a decade ago, we brewed one of the most innovative IPA's in Craft Brewing. To this day, our award winning IPA is the benchmark for Real IPA' our saying goes "Drink Real Ale Cause Bud Is Just For Smoking"! Hop Head is full bodied and loaded with hops, delivering a distinct taste and aroma."

The Pour

This IPA pours a nice copper colour with a 1 inch off white head. Nice lacing that stays around for a while.

The Aroma

The smell is great with strong malt, hop and pine notes. Some hints of citrus too.

The Taste

This is a full body IPA with a creamy mouth feel. Strong hops bring out a nice pine and citrus profile. This beer has a considerable malt taste as well.

Overall Impressions

This was a very well balanced IPA that can give the U.S. micro brews a run for the money. Does it compare to the Dogfish 60 min....close! I would not hesitate to pick this up again. I would rate this a 8.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Garrison Brewing - Imperial IPA

7.0% ABV
70 IBU's

"Launched and enthusiastically received at the first annual Halifax Seaport Beer Fest in August 2007, this ale has quickly become known as the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada! Unfiltered Imperial I.P.A. is a robust, full-bodied and complex brew in the Double IPA style. An intensely fruity aroma combines nicely with a malty caramel backbone, clear hop bitterness and lingering citrusy finish. This beer is for the true hophead!"

The Pour

This beer pours a gorgeous golden orange like a fiery sunset. A generous two fingers of fluffy tan/khaki cloured head. Nice peaks and small bubbles with a decent effervescence streaming from the glass. Hop haze and unfiltered. Stunning.


Tangerine and grapefruit dominate the nose. They slowly subside to a wonderful sweet maltiness. This beer smells mouthwateringly good.


The smoothness of this beer is incredible. As it washes over your tongue, you are rewarded with those huge citrus flavours you would expect from a North American Imperial IPA. Undertones of a piney bitterness smack the top and sides of the mouth through the finish. Wonderful!

Overall Impression

I must admit that I have been excited to try this beer after sampling Garrison's wonderful Hopyard IPA (click here for review). Even with high expectations, I was not disappointed. The big citrus and piney bitterness is balanced well with the slight sweetness of the malt backbone. This would be right up there with you Maharajah's and Hopslam's. I would rate this an "A+". Rumour has it that several limited edition Garrison brews are heading to Ontario. I'm going to be first in line. Can't wait to see what they do with a stout.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Taverne Gaspar: An Exciting New Destination on Rue de la Commune

Montreal, QC

The Antonopoulos Group is pleased to announce the opening of a new restaurant in Old Montreal, the Taverne Gaspar. Adding to the Group's many establishments in the neighbourhood, the Taverne Gaspar will overlook the rue de la Commune and the St-Lawrence River, right next to the Auberge du Vieux-Port.

At the helm, Zach Suhl, former owner of Brunoise Restaurant and Brasserie and Chef Mario Guerrera, formerly executive chef of the W Hotel and sous-chef of Cube Restaurant. The Chef will offer accessible and comfort cuisine inspired by British gastropubs with French and Quebecois accents. Among the house specialties, a trio of savoury tarts, scallops with pork belly and spatchcock Cornish hen, in addition to the "Daily Special" menu offering traditional dishes. Local beers on tap will be featured, including the Gaspar house beer, a Montreal lager prepared by the brewers of MTL Premium Lager. In addition, classic and creative cocktails, a wide selection of spirits, and a carefully selected wine list, will be offered.

With authenticity and conviviality in mind, the design of the tavern has been entrusted to Camdi Design. Raw materials, oak tables and woodwork, copper accents, antique mirrors and fixtures all perfectly complement the stone walls and the original cachet of the room, nestled in an old 19th century warehouse. The long bar made of old joists and beams salvaged during the structural work is crowned by a copper counter and completed by a raw bar where one can sit and watch the shucker prepare oyster and seafood platters. An eclectic background music mix of indie, classic, blues and folk rock will complete the Taverne experience. The tavern's seating capacity will be 120, and in the summer season will overflow with an additional 60 on a terrace on the rue de la Commune. It will also have a room accommodating up to 60 people, available to patrons for the organization of private events.

For the Antonopoulos Group, the opening of the Taverne Gaspar also represents another initiative supporting the development of Old Montreal. "Following the success of Méchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie in the neighbourhood, we are very proud to create a new local destination on rue de la Commune. We hope thus to contribute to the year-round revitalization of this important artery which provides access to the river for all Montrealers, and help it join the ranks of other world-famous waterfront boulevards and promenades," said Dimitri Antonopoulos, the Vice President of Marketing and Development of the Antonopoulos Group.

For more information, please visit:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Founders Brewing Co. - Breakfast Stout

8.3% ABV
60 IBU's

"You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever."

The Pour

This stout pours like a viscous motoroil. One finger of mocha coloured head. So dark, so rich, so delicious.


Wonderful espresso and coffee notes. Huge dark and milk chocolate aroma. Amazingly rich and amazing in every way.


Wonderfully balanced blend of coffee and espresso. Rich malts, chocolate, slight bitterness and silky smooth. This has an amazing mouthfeel that washes over your tongue without a hint of alcohol burn. Incredible.

Overall Impression

One of my favourite beer experiences has been a private tour of Founders and getting to spend some time with Dave Engbers. Amazingly, they were brewing this very beer the day we were there. This is just an incredible stout. The backbone of KBS and CBS. Chocolate, espresso, amazing. A solid "A+".

Friday, September 16, 2011

Canadian Breakfast Stout: Taproom Release Information Announced

Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Brewing Co. Vice President/Director of Marketing Dave Engbers announced last month that the highly anticipated Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will be the second release in the company’s 750mL “Backstage Series”. It will be released to the market on October 3, 2011, with a taproom release party on October 1.

The taproom release at 235 Grandville Ave SE in downtown Grand Rapids will begin at 11 a.m. on October 1. There will be about 1700 bottles available for purchase at $18 each. A strict limit of two (2) bottles per person will apply, and all bottles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because a line is expected to form before 11 a.m., numbers will be handed out so that the line can

remain intact once the taproom doors open. CBS will be featured on draft, and CBS merchandise will be available in the Founders company store, which is on the north end of the taproom. As with all Founders specialty products, growler fills will not be available for CBS.

There has been a great deal of anticipation and speculation regarding the upcoming release after the success of Blushing Monk, the series’ debut, earlier this year. Canadian Breakfast Stout is the epitome of why Founders launched the Backstage Series: it brings some of the brewery’s most sought-after beers, which have been available primarily at the taproom or at a few select events, to a much larger audience.

Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. The final product has had stellar reviews and is currently the fifth highest rated beer in the world on

“Releasing small specialty batches is a great way for us to connect to our core beer enthusiast,” Engbers explains. “Fundamentally, we are a small brewery, and we love to do things our own way. This isn’t about flooding the shelves with a beer that we hope people will try; it’s about producing

the best damn beer we can brew and offering it to those enthusiasts who have supported our passion for great beer.”

The company is not revealing any additional releases in the series, but Engbers says they will consist of many of the “popular one-offs” that have been offered in the taproom over the years and have become favorites among patrons and brewery staff. “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 one more product in the 2011 Backstage Series later this year.

LCBO Fall Beer Releases for Ontario

Just in case you are in Ontario like us and were wondering about the Latest beer release, here are the details;

1. Cannery Maple Stout 650ml LCBO#237693 $5.80
2. Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch 500ml LCBO#236992 $4.60
3. Southern Tier Choklat 650ml LCBO#173534 $9.85
4. Les Trois Mousquetaires Porter Baltique 750ml LCBO#244376 $9.95
5. Ayinger Celebrator 330ml LCBO#254656 $3.45
6. Garrison's Imperial I.P.A 500ml LCBO#173658 $4.25
7. Bacchus Flemish Old Brown 375ml LCBO#234047 $4.50
8. Celt Bronze Crafted Ale 500ml LCBO#236091 $3.45
9. Pedigree V.S.O.P 500ml LCBO#233486 $3.50
10. Goliath 500ml LCBO#233494 $3.50
11. Fuller's 1845 Bottle Conditioned Ale 500ml LCBO#504670 $3.50
12. Affligem Dubbel 330ml LCBO#125153 $2.75
13. Dominus Vobiscum Triple 500ml LCBO#239475 $5.95
14. Box Stream Funnel Blower-Dark Brown Vanilla Porter 500ml LCBO#237875 $3.55
15. St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale 4pk LCBO#90738 $9.95

Some of these might not be in your local LCBO, but if you go to you can see who has them and get them transfered.

Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project Helps to Restore Shorelines Across the Country

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian sponsors the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Sept. 17-25

Fuelled by the summer's successful community park projects the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project switches gears starting this weekend to support the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a program that's removed almost 1 million kilograms of waste from Canadian shorelines over the past eighteen years. As part of Molson Canadian's ongoing commitment to give back to the land, the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project hosted 20 events across the country this past summer, inspiring Canadians to volunteer to improve their local parks as well as planting 100,000 trees from coast to coast.

"The enthusiasm Canadian's had for this summer's park projects and their support for our tree planting initiative exceeded our expectations; this project has been a great vehicle to channel Canadian's passion for the outdoors into action," says Jamie Sprules, Senior Brand Manager, Molson Canadian. "This fall, we are excited to partner with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup again and encourage Canadians to get involved by participating in a local cleanup."

People across the country can participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup from September 17 to 25 by registering to volunteer as part of a team, or captain a local project. This nationwide event saw 47,000 people participate in 2010 to clean the shores of lakes, rivers and oceans in their communities.

For a list of projects visit:

Visit for all Cleanup projects available

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Garrison Releases 2nd Annual "3 Fields Harvest Ale"

Halifax, NS

Despite a rainy growing season this year, Garrison Brewing harvested fresh hops from Ashdale, Northport , New Ross and Glenholme and used Maritime barley malt to craft a truly local harvest beer!

First launched last September, 3 Fields Harvest Ale highlights the increasing availability of local brewing ingredients in this once-a-year brew. It demonstrates the viability of locally-grown raw materials while celebrating their unique characteristics.

"We're basically showing off how great a beer can be when fresh, local hops are taken from vine to kettle in the same day," said Garrison president Brian Titus. "Over 100kg of wet green hops were gathered at four separate Nova Scotian farms and added right into the boil. Wet hops impart a more subtle hop fragrance and bitterness, making them a pleasure to brew with. Lemon, grapefruit, pine and ginger notes are all present to some degree in this truly special harvest brew," added Titus.

All the hops were harvested from four local fields this year, including: Meander River Farm in Ashdale, Wysmykal Farm in Northport, Ross Farm Museum in New Ross and FiddleHop Farm in Glenholme. The complex flavours showcased in 3 Fields can be attributed to the wide variety of hops in the beer. Brewer’s Gold, Cascade, Centennial, Galena, Kent Golding, Newport, Willamette and Zeus were all used in this double-sized batch.

3 Fields Harvest Ale also features 100 per cent barley malt from New Brunswick. This year's release is available at the brewery and private stores as well as select NSLC stores while supplies last.

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Sales of Ontario Craft Beer Rise 36 Per Cent During LCBO Summer Beer Promotion

Toronto, ON

10,000 OCB Discovery Packs Sold!

Until October 8, the LCBO is presenting a mini-OCB promotion with 13 Ontario craft beers featured in select stores across Ontario.

A central part of the summer promotion was Ontario craft beer sampler packs, prominently featured throughout stores in centre aisle displays. These packs included the ever popular OCB Discovery PackTM, a mixed six-pack featuring one beer from each of Beau's All Natural Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewery, Trafalgar Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Mill Street Brewery, and Wellington Brewery.

Throughout the summer, including the beer promotion, LCBO customers purchased more than 10,000 units or almost $110,000 worth of the OCB Discovery PackTM. OCB, in collaboration with tthe LCBO, designed the six-packs to introduce consumers to the range of Ontario craft beers available in Ontario. Mixed sampler packs were also available during the promotion from OCB members Cameron's Brewing Company, Mill Street Brewery and Wellington Brewery.

"The OCB Discovery Pack initiative continues to be a success story at the LCBO," says McMullen. "This was our ninth edition of the sampler pack which enables consumers to try different craft beers and choose their favourites."

Newcastle - Werewolf

ABV 5%

"Formidable Beast". What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally "blood red" in colour. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!"

The Pour

This offering pours a copper in colour. One finger of slightly off-white head dissipates quickly. Filtered and clear of any hop haze or particles. Decent amount of evevesance.


Malty nose. Some leathery notes. Slight earthiness. Nothing too over powering.


Light in flavour. Minimal sweet berry flavour that leaves quickly for a slight bitterness with earthy finish. Hint of a metallic flavour. Nothing overly exciting.

Overall Impressions

This was less than spectacular. The flavours were not very well balanced or pleasant. While a step up from most macro brands, this is underwelming. A very light ale that is nothing of note. I would give it a "C-" .

*This beer was provided by Newcastle as a sample for review.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Molson Coors Raises a Glass to 225 Years of Brewing in Canada

Montreal, QC

This fall Molson Coors celebrates 225 years of brewing excellence. Canada's second oldest company, Molson Coors continues to be a leader in innovation and a cornerstone in bringing communities together, upholding the vision of its founder, John Molson. To mark the company's milestone, seventh generation Molson brothers, Geoff and Andrew Molson, will travel across Canada to visit with communities, employees and business partners.

"John Molson brewed his first barrel of ale in Montreal in 1786, with the belief that an 'honest brew makes its own friends'," says Andrew Molson, Chairman, Molson Coors Brewing Company. "Molson Coors still maintains that passion for producing great beer. Seven generations and 225 years later, Molson is an iconic Canadian brand, making good on John Molson's original declaration."

While innovation has kept the company at the forefront of beer production, commitment to community has become engrained in Molson Coors' DNA. "We are all members of a larger community, which depends on everyone playing a part," John Molson said to his employees in 1825. Molson spearheaded the building of Montreal's first public hospital. He also owned and operated the country's first steamship line and helped fund the nation's first railway company.

For the past two centuries Molson Coors has strived to uphold John Molson's legacy, with a continued commitment to community investment and employee volunteerism. The company has expanded its stake in corporate social responsibility with practices dedicated to environmental stewardship, including a global water strategy to promote sustainable water use, responsible sourcing principles and the promotion of responsible alcohol use.

"The growth of Molson Coors has as much to do with the making of great beer as it does with the people who are a part of it and the communities that we serve, always ensuring that we have a positive role to play in doing our part," says Geoff Molson. "We're proud to celebrate this milestone in our company's history with the communities that have contributed to our success over the last 225 years."

The Molson family tour begins in Vancouver (Sept. 27-28), followed by Edmonton (Sept. 28), Calgary (Sept.29), Moncton (Oct. 4) and ends in St. John's (Oct. 5-6).

Wild Rose Brewery 15th Anniversary Celebration, September 20, 2011

Calgary, AB

Wild Rose Brewery, Alberta’s local craft brewery, is proud to announce their 15th Anniversary Celebration Party, to be held Tuesday September 20, 2011 at Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom. The event will feature the limited release of four handcrafted Anniversary Ales available on tap for one day only, while supplies last.

“We wanted to find a unique way to mark 15 years of creating fresh, great-tasting and top quality beer for Albertans,” says General Manager, Jamie Vadori. “The best way we could celebrate our history of innovation was with more creativity! Our brew crew has created four unique Anniversary Ales and they look forward to sharing (and tasting) their creations with beer lovers on September 20th.”

The four Anniversary Ales will be released throughout the day, with the first brew tapped at 11:00am MST. Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom Executive Chef Geoff Heath-Smith will create fall harvest inspired features to compliment the limited release brews.

Wild Rose Anniversary Ales:

  • Nectarine Saison with Ginger

  • Belgian I.P.A. Dry Hopped with Citra Hops

  • Irish Red Ale with Fresh Hops (from Wild Rose Brewery’s garden)

  • Dark Scottish Ale Aged with Oak & Whisky

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Railway City Celebrates Local Hero with Session Night

St. Thomas, ON

All are invited to take part in the brewery's eight Thursday Night Session event!

Please join them as they pay tribute to Jumbo the Elephant, who was killed by a freight train on September 15, 1885.

They will be releasing Double Dead Elephant featuring locally grown hops from the Vandelsyke Farm near Vienna, Elgin County, about 15 minutes to the east of the brewery.

The evening begins once you enter the door. Starting with a sample of one
of their beers soon followed by other interesting craft offerings.

There is only room for only 25 people, so be sure to reserve your space today.

$5.00 is the cost of entry and all who attend will enjoy samples of our newest Seasonal plus a couple of others yet to be identified. They pass around some Tasting Note sheets in which you are welcome to critique all of the beers while developing an awareness and appreciation of beer.

If you miss this month, don't worry, they are planning to hold them every month, and will try to schedule them for the release of our next monthly seasonal.

Vote for Your Benefit Brew Now!

Victoria, BC

The horses are off!! Vote for your favourite nominated charity once/day until September 23rd at The chosen benefit will get a special brew named after them with full proceeds of sales going to their cause.

Selected from many groups suggested by Phillips beer enthusiasts, the finalists include The Fruit Tree Project, Push for the Cure, Music BC,Victoria Public Market, Vancouver Is Awesome, Dhana Metta Society,Ancient Forest Alliance, Jest for Joy Clown Doctors, Sierra Club BC, and Intrepid Theatre.

Online voting for the winning organization will run from Friday September 9th until September 23rd. The winning organization will be announced on October 1st with the beer expected in stores by early November.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cameron’s Oak-Aged Barrels to Victory at the 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards

Toronto, ON

Cameron’s Brewing Company was a big winner at the 2011 Canadian Brewing
Awards held this past Friday, September 9th in Toronto, honouring the best brews in 31 different categories from 20 competitors across the country.

Cameron’s victory with a Silver Medal for their first ever Oak-Aged Release in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer category add to their gold and bronze in 2010 at the same award ceremony, and to their over 45 total awards over the 14 years they’ve been brewing their outstanding allnatural Ales & Lagers.

For Bill Coleman, president and co-owner of Cameron’s Brewing Company, Friday’s victory dovetails perfectly alongside the numerous other awards and accolades the brewery had garnered since he began leading nearly one year ago, and comes as no surprise. “Our Oak-Aged was a phenomenal success, selling out its first run completely in less than a week. This award stands as a testament to building on the innovation that we’ve started at Cameron’s.”

“We’re experiencing a phenomenal year”, continued Coleman. “From victorious bids to be the newest microbrewery of choice at both Flamboro and Georgian Downs, a gold and silver at the Ontario Brewing Awards earlier this year and sales results outpacing the already great growth of the craft brewery market, I couldn’t be happier about this latest accolade.”

The Canadian Brewing Awards are Canada’s only national competition that invites breweries of all sizes from across the country to compete in a blind tasting to see who brews the best beer.

A Canadian Brewing Award medal is a widely recognized symbol of brewing excellence in
Canada. A panel of approximately 20 Certified Beer Judges consider five criteria: aroma, appearance, flavour, mouth-feel, and overall impression.

Cameron’s Brewing Company is a true craft brewery, passionately brewing all
natural ales and lagers since 1997 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Cameron’s is
currently available at The Beer Store, select LCBO locations and on tap at
numerous bars and restaurants such as Earl’s, C’est What, Stout Irish Pub, Langdon Hall, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and more. For more information about Cameron’s and its availability, please visit


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