Monday, December 5, 2011

Give The Gift of Beer This Holiday Season

Local Gift Ideas for the Ontario Beer Lover

Looking for a unique and local gift for the beer-o-phile in your life? With the exploding popularity of Ontario Craft Beer, there are more fresh, local and delicious beer gift choices than ever before.

An ideal gift or host/hostess offering is the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) Discovery Pack, now available in select LCBO stores throughout the province (6x341 mL bottles; price: $11.95; LCBO product code:254672). This edition features a new lineup of beers, including:

Black Oak Brewery’s Nut Brown Ale

F&M Brewery’s Stonehammer Dark Ale

Muskoka Brewery’s Mad Tom IPA

Nickel Brook Brewing Co.’s Nickel Brook Ale

Old Credit Brewery’s Amber Ale

Trafalgar Brewery’s Smoked Oatmeal Stout

For beer & food matching recipes or pairings, check out: http://www.ontariocraftbrewers.com/recipes.php


SUPER SEASONALS:


Great Lakes Winter Ale:
Inspired by the long, cold and seemingly endless Canadian winter, this 6.2% alcohol Winter Ale is a true winter warmer. Handcrafted with specialty hops and malts, combined with generous amounts of cinnamon, honey, ginger and orange peel, this unique beer is brimming with flavour. Available only for a limited time. (LCBO product code: 90845 | 750 mL bottle, Price: $ 6.95)

Lake of Bays Mocha Porter:
A brewer, a coffee roaster and a craft beer snob walk into a bar in Muskoka. The result: a rich winter beer, full of coffee, chocolate and roasted barley.” Perfect with a hearty meal on a cold winter's night. (LCBO product code: 222125 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 7.95)

Black Oak Nutcracker Porter – Buy this holiday treat directly from Etobicoke’s Black Oak Brewery. Check out http://ontariocraftbrewers.com/brewery.php?brewery=blackoak for more details on this award-winning, local brewing stalwart.

GOOD OL’ GIFT PACKS:


Amsterdam Brewery has released a new mixed pack, the Entertainer Holiday 4-Pack. Available exclusively at LCBO stores across the province, the package retails for $8.95, and includes cans of Natural Blonde Lager, Big Wheel Deluxe Amber, Nut Brown Ale and KLB Raspberry Wheat. LCBO Product code: 191098 | 4x473 mL) Also available at the brewery only is Amsterdam’s seasonal beer, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. http://ontariocraftbrewers.com/brewery.php?brewery=amsterda

King Brewery: Three Kings Gift Pack
Includes their award-winning brews, one of each delicious King Dark, Pilsner & Vienna along with a beautiful beer glass – from the brewery or your neighbourhood LCBO.
http://www.ontariocraftbrewers.com/brewery.php?brewery=kingbrewery

Mill St. Brewery Seasonal Sampler
Another offering from the popular Mill Street Seasonal Sampler series. Just in time for the holidays! This item is available for a limited time, in limited quantities. Contents include:
Mill Street favourites: Stock Ale, Coffee Porter, Tankhouse Ale and Organic Lager. And two seasonal items: Extra Special Bitter, a traditional British pub ale and Franconian-Style Bock, a strong lager made exclusively from malt imported from Franconia in north Bavaria.

(LCBO product code: #271650, 6 Pack, Retail: $12.95; 4 x 341 ml bottles and 2 x 355 ml cans) http://ontariocraftbrewers.com/brewery.php?brewery=millstreet

Mill Street Gift Packs with glassware and one of either Coffee Porter, Organic or Tankhouse:
1. MILL STREET COFFEE PORTER GIFT PACK; LCBO 254151 | 341 mL | $ 6.95
2. MILL STREET ORGANIC LAGER GIFT PACK; LCBO 252114 | 341 mL | $ 6.95
3. MILL STREET TANKHOUSE ALE GIFT PACK; LCBO 252122 | 341 mL | $ 6.95

Wellington Brewery: Welly Pub Pack (Hi RES IMAGES AVAILABLE):
The Wellington Brewery Pub Pack sampler is the perfect holiday gift for any beer lover. This new mixed pack includes four 473ml tall cans of Wellington's most popular brands: Special Pale Ale, County Dark Ale, Arkell Best Bitter, and Silver Wheat Ale. The Pub Pack is the perfect chance to try a great mix of our finest ales and it's also a fantastic host gift. It is available for only $9.95 (including tax and deposit) at the LCBO and at the Wellington Brewery retail store (950 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph, ON).
http://ontariocraftbrewers.com/brewery.php?brewery=wellington

Welly Gift Basket:
Each Gift Basket includes 12 bottles of our award-winning beers, 2 pint glass, a bottle opener, and coasters all packaged in a Wellington Brewery cooler bag. Our gift baskets are only $35 (including tax and deposit) and available exclusively at the Wellington Brewery retail store located at 950 Woodlawn Rd. W in Guelph. http://www.wellingtonbrewery.ca

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